A total eclipse of the sun is a rarity and should be on everyone’s bucket list. The Eclipse of 2017 was rarer still, being the first transcontinental event in the U.S. in 99 years. My team and I were determined to make the most of it, so we journeyed to the last place the total phase would be visible on land, the coast of South Carolina.

We have all seen photos of swimwear at the beach and of total solar eclipses. But I had never seen the two combined, so I wanted to do something really different – a swimwear series done under total eclipse conditions.

As totality approached, the light took on an eerie silver glow – not metallic, but soft. We knew we had to work fast; at our location, the event would only last about 90 seconds. Then, at the very moment of totality, the sun’s corona suddenly became visible and was the only illumination of the landscape and of our model. It became very dark and very quiet. Birds stopped making noise, the temperature dropped, and the wind stopped blowing. Even the sound of the waves seemed subdued (though that might have been my imagination).

All too soon, it was over. We had traveled a long way to experience a few brief seconds of a once in a lifetime experience, so we continued photographing our swimwear series. Brittnie, our model, wanted to play in the mud; a grand idea, I thought.

We were very fortunate that our choice of location included a 19th century lighthouse, still in operation today, as a background element.

Hair, makeup and wardrobe styling: Heather Marie
Model: Brittnie

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