A L I I N U I
So here marks the first of Pip's and my underwater series from Maui. Most of our mornings began at 4:30am and were spent eyes half closed carrying our English Breakfasts as we made our way to whatever boat or other floating apparatus/vehicle was going to carry us to our location. We boarded the Alii Nui catamaran organised by the wonderful team at Four Seasons and spent the morning making our way to Turtle Town. Yep, that's a real place brimming with, you guessed it, turtles. While the snorkelers went to hunt down the friendly amniotes, Pip and I swam out in the opposite direction, (well Pip's husband dragged me out with a noodle - the dresses get pretty heavy after awhile) to avoid the unwanted flippers and extended GoPro selfie sticks. And with that, so begun our yoyo shoot that went a little like this - take deep breath, dive down, attempt to pose in a manner that doesn't look like your drowning, swim up, call for noodle boy (Pip's hubby, Jason - thanks Poscari) to avoid being dragged down by vicious fabric attached to your body, breathe and wait for Pip's thumbs up or thumbs down. Repeat.
We have an entire series of these images coming your way from beautiful Hawaii. Perhaps, one day, we may even film a BTS video for you guys to know what exactly goes on underneath the ocean's surface and show you that it's quite a feat that Pip is able to get these images in between my constant spluttering, hair over my face and dress riding up, deciding it too would like to go back to the surface and revealing a little too much to those snorkelling around me in the process. All that in the 2.5 seconds I can hold my breath. Stay tuned.
Patty Ang Dress
Photography: Pip Harwood