Underwater Babies


By Seth Casteel

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Babies as you’ve never seen them before, from New York Times bestselling author and photographer Seth Casteel

Seth Casteel’s innovative underwater photography has won him fans around the world. Now Casteel has turned his camera toward the only subjects who could rival his bestselling portraits of dogs and puppies for sheer adorable delight: babies. In what he has called some of the most exciting shoots of his career, Casteel has found a remarkable new way to capture the wonder and freedom babies feel when they’re underwater.

Chubby-cheeked, curious, and mischievous, these tiny swimmers remind us all of the joy of discovery — and the irresistible beauty of babies.


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Colton, 11 months

Valentina, 9 months


I'm thought of more as a "dogs guy," so even I find it a little surprising that I am the author of this book. But I've always loved being with babies, and on this project I was extremely inspired by every single baby I met and photographed. And in spending time with the many generous and loving parents I worked with on Underwater Babies, I immediately came to appreciate the responsibility and selflessness it requires to be a parent. The babies, their parents, and I had a fantastic experience!

So why did I make this book?

Everybody knows that humans evolved from mermaids, which helps us understand why we as a species can truly thrive in the water. It's also clear that as we continue to embrace the water more and more, we may see a transition back to living in a world under the sea. Okay—so I'm obviously just kidding here, but I'm glad you are taking the time to read my introduction.

The real story starts for me when a little dog jumped into the pool a few years ago and my life changed forever. My first book, Underwater Dogs, began as a passionate project to explore the connection dogs have with the water and the fascinating range of emotions they reveal during their adventures below the surface. Throughout the course of that project, I realized humans lacked understanding when it came to water safety for their pets. Thousands of dogs in the United States suffer tragedies in backyard swimming pools every single year. It's not because they can't swim—it's because they haven't been given the opportunity to practice and don't understand how to get out. People just don't think about it.

With my next book, Underwater Puppies, I taught more than 1,500 puppies about water safety. They learned about buoyancy, their physicality in the water, and the concept of a swimming pool versus a natural body of water. Using the photographs as a vehicle, I delivered the message of water safety for pets to hundreds of millions of people in hopes of raising awareness of the potential dangers of swimming pools.

While working on the puppies project, I learned of shocking statistics regarding water-related accidents with human children. Drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for those under age five in the United States. The hidden dangers of swimming pools continue to cause tragedies every single day, but these tragedies can be prevented. I saw photography as an opportunity to help.

I set out on a mission to create a joyful, whimsical series of images of babies swimming to generate awareness about water safety for children. To produce these photographs, I teamed up with infant swimming schools throughout the United States. Each photo shoot was an actual swim lesson, with each baby learning water safety and survival skills.


On Sale
Apr 7, 2015
Page Count
112 pages

Seth Casteel

About the Author

Seth Casteel is an award-winning photographer and the author of the national bestseller Underwater DogsUnderwater Puppies, and Underwater Babies. His photographs of babies and animals have been featured in media including the New York Times, National Geographic Magazine, Morning Edition, the Washington Post, The Today Show, and Business Insider, as well as on the front page of outlets AOL, MSN, Yahoo, and hundreds of others. He lives in California.

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