Photographer Susan Knight


Hire Susan Knight for a professional photoshoot:
$100.00 + tax per session.

  • Includes digital image of your best shot.
  • Additional images are available for $25 each.
  • Full, professional under water studio.

Add makeup. Get professional underwater makeup to make your photos really stand out.

Pre-event booking prices:

Basic Beauty Package – $25 per session

  • Professional beauty makeup to enhance your look.

Deluxe Mermaid Beauty Package – $45 per session

  • Consultation.
  • Special mermaid makeup to complete your mermaid look and match your tail.
  • Jewels and sparkles, the works!

Please arrive to all sessions with a clean face and bring your own foundation if you have it. Let Susan Knight know if you have any allergies or irritations to makeup before your session.

If interested, purchase Susan Knight Studios tickets along with your General Admission Merfest ticket, and then email Susan Knight at


Susan Knight Profile



About Susan Knight Studios

Susan grew up 22 hours, by car, from the nearest ocean and has always been in awe of anything water. She received a Biology degree in Saskatchewan and moved to the west coast to become a SCUBA diving Instructor. Susan’s main passion and purpose is to re-connect people with nature and their inner selves, through visual arts, teaching and guided experiences.

Her interest in photograpy blossomed while teaching SCUBA diving and also working as a model, body double, and crew in Canada’s “Hollywood north”. She eventually launched Susan Knight Studios in Kona, Hawaii. Susan has become recognized for her personalized under water portraits, as well as her many images of mermaids and marine life. She believes that everyone has a unique personal essence than can be expressed on film. Many people describe their photo sessions and guided ocean experiences with her as “life changing”, as they discover or renew their connection to water.

Over the past 20 years she has worked as a lab technician, snowshoe guide, dive guide, whale naturalist, traveling marine biology instructor, volcano hiking guide, videographer, set dresser, truck driver, fashion and makeup merchandiser, meditation teacher, and a few ridiculously fun (and some not so fun) odd jobs.

She is a member of The Ocean Artist’s Society and regularly contributes photographs to global conservation projects. Her photography has been featured in Sport Diver Magazine, Mermaids & Mythology Magazine, Freesurf Magazine, Organic Spa Magazine, Ocean Artist’s Society Magazine (Cover), and Spirit & DestinyMagazine(UK). Known as “The Mermaid Photographer”, her personal story as well as many of her Mermaid images can be seen in the book Mermaids 101 by Doreen virtue. Susan is also a published author of marine life teaching curriculum distributed by REEF and PADI.

May you find your passion and live it.


Images from your portrait shoot are provided as digital downloads.

What should I wear for my water portrait?
You can wear almost anything you want as long as it is bathing suit material such as lycra, polyester, spandex or neoprene. In some cases, pools will allow cotton. Check your cities Gallery to see material options allowed for that facility. It is important that the material of your outfit does not pill or come off in the water. Popular outfits are bathing suits, dresses, pants and shirt, costumes, leggings, mermaid tails, long flowing scarves and even hats if you can tie them onto your head. Remember that being in water is like being in zero gravity, so if it floats and isn’t attached to you, it will probably come off during the shoot.

What if I don’t want to open my eyes under water?
There are many great images that can be created with your eyes closed. You can check them out in the under water portrait Galleries. Some people choose to wear swim goggles for their shoot, or bring them as a backup.

Can I wear makeup?
Yes, you can wear makeup as long as it is waterproof. Please note: many lipsticks that say they are waterproof are not secure enough to last an underwater photoshoot. Only lip stains will stay on. Trust me. I have tried em all. You may also choose the “Add Makeup” option and have your makeup professionally done prior to getting in the water.

At what time should I arrive for my shoot?
You should be on the pool deck at least 20 minutes to half an hour prior to the start time of your shoot. You will need need to fill out some paperwork and get dressed if (for example) you need to be fitted for a mermaid tail. More time is required if you are having your makeup done. Otherwise, please arrive on the pool deck in the outfit you would like to wear. If you are late for your shoot, we always do our best to fit you in at some point during the pool time, however this is not guaranteed.

How long does it take?
The shoot itself will take approximately 15 minutes. A common misconception of photoshoots is that it takes a long time to get a great shot. If everything is set up prior to the shoot, you are ready and dressed, the gear is ready to go, and the photographer knows the great angles to shoot, it is very easy and fun. These are the benefits of working with an experienced photographer. Often, several great shots are secured within the first 5 minutes. Under water shoots need to be quick and efficient to be comfortable and end on a good note before you become cold or tired.

Will I get to choose my favorite shot?
Yes, you will get to view your shots and choose your favorites. This will usually take place within the following couple of days after your shoot. You will sign up for a viewing time either prior to or at the time you arrive for your shoot.

Can I get more images if I decide I’d like more?
If you decide you would like more images, you may purchase them individually. Simply provide a list of the images you would like. Each image is provided as a digital download.

Can I get a photo as a couple or a group photo?
Yes, you sure can. Please contact for pricing for group photos.