Not everyone has access to a pool to do portrait shoots in the water, or maybe there are times when the weather isn't ideal or warm enough to do those types of shoots in an outdoor pool. If you do not have a big enough tub, a kiddie pool could work.
Coming from photographer Brett Seeley, this video takes us behind the scenes on how Seeley was able to capture some portraits of the model on a budget shoot in his garage. After finding a cheap pool, and picking up a black sheet to change the background color, the lighting gear is fairly inexpensive. Yes, that may vary on your budget, but you could use other types of lights with a scrim or a 5-in-1 reflector to try to achieve similar lighting.
If you aren't looking for the black or dark color water, you can switch out the color of the sheet. A black sheet isn't a requirement and can vary based on your vision. There are a few tips you can pick up throughout this video, one is getting a proper inflating device to air up the pool. Another tip that your models will love is getting something that can warm up the water... or actually use warm water so they are not freezing through the shoot. Unless you are going for a colder ice water look, then the cold water will help your model play achieve that look better.
What else did you learn from this budget pool shoot? Are there any other tips to share from your experience? Leave your answers in the comments below.