We had so much fun with this shoot–Richard & Andrea were up for anything, and then some.  And then some more.

Check out our super cool bride & groom




To the jungle!




The sky, the light, the amazingly clear blue water…  all came together perfectly for shooting in the ocean







Who knew wedding photography was dangerous?  Here I am, cheating death shooting from above




The resulting shot




Then we headed to a cenote, which is essentially an underground cave that is connected to a subterranean water body. Yeah, I’m thinking it too–way cool.


After shooting in there for about an hour, I realized that this particular cenote is home to lots of bats.  Luckily, they minded their own bat-business as we continued to shoot and shoot and shoot.




I am surprised this actually worked

I knew exactly what I was doing, and was sure this would turn out




I couldn’t resist. It’s just what happens when you point a camera at me.

Aqua Blue Steel 




As much fun as we were having above, it turns out it was even more interesting underwater




I love the way the light brought out the colour.  (Which is slightly more colourful than color)




Thank you so much, again, Richard & Andrea!–there are TONS more that we can’t wait to share with you!






  1. The Wedding Couple - The Bermans on April 30, 2008 at 2:27 am

    Now you know I wasn’t kidding when I said I’ve been waiting by the computer day and night for our next shots – You haven’t even sent an email out and we discovered you’ve just posted!!!

    So… they’re not bad. I think if we had a little more depth of field on shot 2 and maybe changed the filter on 4 we’d…. KIDDING!!! ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND!!! HOW AMAZING ARE THESE SHOTS??? DEFINITELY WORTH MISSING YOUR FLIGHT!!@@


  2. adrian hitt on April 30, 2008 at 6:46 am

    oh my! these are totally radtastic! ;) i’ve been wanting to shoot underwater for quite some time. now i MUST! hehe so incredibly awesome. way to go!!!

  3. esm on April 30, 2008 at 7:43 am

    These are unbelievable! You have left the planet.

  4. Andrea Hallgren on April 30, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Love the last underwater shot!! Amazing!
    Looks like you have been having some great adventures! Hope to see you soon!

  5. Tara K. on April 30, 2008 at 8:11 am

    oh . . . my . . . god . . . these are just absolutely beautiful. You’re talented folk, and I’m just blown away by these. I can’t think of the words to do them justice!

  6. DoDaDay on April 30, 2008 at 9:02 am

    No time to leave a comment, today!
    I’m scheduled for surgery to have my goose bumps removed.

  7. K. Crafton on April 30, 2008 at 9:06 am

    These are TOTALLY worth your insane trip schedule and little sleep. I’m don’t even have anything to say……I’m just so blown away with the colors, light….EVERYTHING!

  8. Kelli on April 30, 2008 at 10:53 am

    I am madly in love with these. WOW.

  9. Tim on April 30, 2008 at 11:19 am

    I have waited almost 4 hours to leave a comment, but I am still…

    I want to leave words like astonishing, astounding, fantastic, incredible, marvelous, phenomenal, stupendous, unbelievable, wonderful, wondrous, amazing, crazy, off-the-hook, wicked; unfortunately, all off these words pale in the magnificence of your continuous unparalleled and unrivaled creations.

  10. Aunt Susan & Roger on April 30, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Most amazing pictures ever. I have my whole office looking at them. The gorgeous couple and photographers should become very famous from these pictures.
    Great job!! Just incredible!

  11. mel on April 30, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Hey Bermans!! haha – sorry to keep you in suspense Richard! I wonder, did this comment come in minutes after the post was made? As in at 2am?? You are on top of things!! :o) You are so right – they were definitely worth missing the flight for! Now through what magazine are we going to make you guys famous? ;o)

  12. mel on April 30, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks Adrian! You really must do the underwater shooting – so much fun! :o) Hey Mema! Thanks! Andrea – thank you so much! See you tomorrow at pug I hope! Tara thank you! You are too kind! :o) Hey Doda! :o) Kate I totally agree! Thank you so much! Thanks to you too Kelli! Tim – wow! I’m speechless from your speechlessness! You are very good to us! :o) Susan and Roger – thanks for sharing our work! :o)

  13. ricki ford on April 30, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    one word SWEET!!!!

  14. sean on April 30, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks, Ricki! Tim–wow, what a compliment–thank you so much :)

  15. brittany on April 30, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    hi guys!

    wow these are some amazing shots!! i just love the color! that is some serious underwater equipment you got!!!! wooooooo! I am going to Italy in December—and suggestions for must not miss sites to visit??!!

  16. sean on April 30, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks, Brittany :) And no problem–what parts of Italy are you headed to?

  17. Liesel Cowley via Facebook on April 30, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    First, I’m really glad no one died. Second, if you had it would have been worth it. haha! great shots! you guys are awesome!

  18. Chaikin on April 30, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Holy Homemade Guacamole!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Jacolyn on April 30, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    These photos rock!!!!
    wowee wow wow…

  20. Melanie Watson on April 30, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    I’m not even going to say it because I am channeling the high fives right to your door. Did you get them?? Oh yeah cuz I sent a few. Your underwater gear is way sexier than my brilliant idea to double bag the camera. Eh… maybe its a good thing Brad doesn’t listen to me?!

  21. Claire C on April 30, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Unbelievable! I’m less than 48 hours from being done with law school, but I’m seriously considering abandoning this profession and following the McLellans around the world for pretty pictures. Anyone need a camera bag girl?

  22. Eddie Bojorquez (Studio 512) on May 1, 2008 at 5:09 am

    I just don’t get it. How did you get to be so stinkin’ awesome?

  23. Amanda Presnell on May 1, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Mel & Sean – I have always known you all were talented, but these pictures blew me away. They are so beautiful! The day is quickly approaching when I will be able to say “I knew them when…”

  24. david & kimi baxter on May 1, 2008 at 9:41 am

    holy smokes. you two make me sick!!! can’t.go.on.

  25. jess on May 1, 2008 at 11:37 am

    ahhhh underwater!! and in that amazing place. these are freakin’ awesome!

  26. chris scott on May 1, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    holy crap.

  27. Linda Truong on May 1, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    No doubt these are the best images I’ve ever seen so far. Really pushed the limits! I love it! *bookmarks your blog* I am REALLY loving it!

  28. Jo- Allegro Photography on May 1, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    WOW!!! You continuously amaze me. These are so beautiful.

  29. Angie Galyean on May 2, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    All I can say is WOW!!! You two really outdid yourselves! Your photography is absolutely AMAZING! I can’t wait to see how you top yourselves NEXT TIME!!!

  30. Cathy Crawley on May 6, 2008 at 1:26 am

    OMG, these are the MOST amazing, I repeat, AMAZING photos. I am not worthy!

  31. Karen on May 6, 2008 at 8:08 am

    Just gorgeous! Love your work guys!

  32. New York City Wedding Photographer on May 17, 2008 at 1:20 am

    I love it. The light in the water and the depth of the colors are very striking. Great intimate captures. They say don’t drink the water in Mexico….swimming is ok though :)

    Parris Whittigham

  33. Jamie B on May 17, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    OMG! The underwater ones are AMAZING! WOW! WOW! WOW!

  34. Sara on May 19, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    GORGEOUS photos! I love couples who are willing to really let go and allow the photographer to capture amazing photographs of them.

  35. nancy h on May 21, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Wow! That about sums it up. You two have been up to so much this year! Unfortunately Marcus isn’t as interested in traveling for the sake of photo shoots, but maybe I could convince him if I showed him your blog.

  36. Olivia Leigh on May 31, 2008 at 2:03 am

    Wow! These are fantastic. I, too, have been wanting some underwater housing for a while…these might just have made that jump higher on the priority list. :)

  37. Graeme Ottley on June 5, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    OMG! Un-Freekin-believable! Can I say that on the blog? DAMN Dude…..this is impressive.

  38. Corey on June 6, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Holy cow, these are utterly amazing! I think I’m a little in love – ok a lot – with the one half under/half above the water. The last two don’t even convey in words how utterly fantastic they are!

  39. Oana Hogrefe on August 23, 2008 at 1:24 am

    These are incredible! And what a super cool couple!

    CONGRATULATIONS. For everything.

  40. Liz on May 7, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    This photos are amaizing!! Congratulatiosn :)

  41. Liz on May 7, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    This photos are amaizing!!
    Congratulations :)

  42. Maureen Cassidy Photography on February 13, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    effing A dude. Amazing work!

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