Whale sharks undergo extraordinary fashion shoot

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Shawn Heinrichs teamed with Kristian Schmidt for the unique project, believed to be the world’s first whale shark fashion shoot.

Models Roberta Mancino (a renowned sky-diver and wingsuit flier), Hannah Fraser, Fazili Krasniqi and Taro Smith, and an underwater lighting specialist also took part.

Extraordinary fashion shoot with huge whale sharks

Image Credit: Kristian Schmidt

Heinrichs said that the project aimed to highlight the magnificence of the featured creatures and bring their beauty to a global audience. But he admitted that there was a challenge: turning the models into mermaids and create mesmerizing imagery that captured the unique connection between humans and the largest fish in the ocean, the whale shark.”

Whale sharks can measure to about 40 feet and weigh as much as 20 tons. They’re considered a vulnerable species and although they support scuba diving tourism businesses in many parts of the world, they’re still hunted in some regions, including the Philippines.

More photos of an extraordinary fashion shoot with huge whale sharks

fashion shoot with huge whale sharks

Image Credit: Shawn Heinrichs

amazing fashion shoot with huge whale sharks

Image Credit: Shawn Heinrichs

Extraordinary fashion shoot with huge whale sharks

Image Credit: Kristian Schmidt

 

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