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The Underwater Studio in Hailsham

  1. The Underwater studio is owned and run by Underwater Photographer Dee Thorogood. Dee is a fully qualified swim teacher and PADI scuba diving instructor and has been bobbing around in the water since childhood. A former sussex swimmer and swimming scholarship student to University in the USA Dee finds real peace under the water and captures this in her images. 
    Underwater photography is quite often very expensive but Dee believes that everyone should have the chance to come along and strives to keep prices as low as possible. The Underwater Studio is now well into its fourth year and has shoot locations located in Eastbourne, Uckfield, Brighton, Staplecross, Hastings, Wilmington, Rye, Lewes, Newhaven, Seaford, Burgess hill.
    Sessions for children are 30 min long and have a maximum of 5 little ones. The emphasis is on fun and if your little one has had enough then we call it a day. We do offer a free re-shoot if things do not go your way*. 
    The Underwater Studio are offering a fantastic 10% off all print prices until easter and you can qualify for one free 8"x6" print per booking if you order any product within 2 weeks of your shoot date. 

    * T&C apply

    • Awesome week with our buddies at Small Splashes, so calm and relaxed....just what we like. ;-)

      24 March 2014 - More announcements

    Areas covered

    Shoot locations located in Eastbourne, Uckfield, Brighton, Staplecross, Hastings, Wilmington, Rye, Lewes, Newhaven, Seaford, Burgess hill.


    • Hailsham Vicarage Lane Hailsham BN27 2AX
    • Lewes Mountfield Road Lewes BN7 2XG
    • Newhaven Seahaven Swimming Pool Chapel Street Newhaven BN9 9PN
    • Seaford Marine House Marine Parade Seaford BN25 2PY
    • Robertsbridge Gate House Farm Cottage Northiam Road Staplecross Robertsbridge TN32 5RP
    • Uckfield Downsview Crescent Uckfield TN22 1UB
    • Hastings Bohemia Road Hastings TN34 1ET
    • Wilmington The Home Farm Thornwell road Wilmington BN26 5SP


    Baby, toddler and pre-school Sport, Baby, toddler and pre-school Swimming, Child and Family Photography, Gift Ideas, Keepsakes & Presents, Keepsakes & Presents, Parent + Toddler Group, Scuba Diving training, Swimming lessons, Swimming party

    Pricing & Other Information

    The Shoot fee is £24 for 1 child and £14 each fro additional siblings Mums and Dads are FREE.

    Please see our full price list for products but to give you a overview our normal photo prints are priced as follows.
    7"x5" print £14
    8"x6" print £16
    8"x8" print £18
    10"x8" print £21
    12"x10" £27
    16"x12" £42

    All with 10% off untill Easter

  2. The Underwater Studio has 10 reviews with an average of 5.0
    • Quality of Service 5.0
    • Value for Money 5.0
    • What the Kids Think 5.0
    • What the Adults Think 5.0


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    • Tracie, Owner of Small Splashes Swim School

      I first met Dee about 4 years ago. We have worked on many different ventures together and now she has become my in house photographer for the swim school. Dee is such a lovely lady, full of positivity and energy that the kids and parents both love. She is very passionate at what she does and that always comes across in her work.

      Tracie 13 Feb 2014

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    • Antonia, Mum of 2, (Jake 14 & Leah 10)

      I have worked with Dee on and off for over 3 years now. I am an infant swimming teacher and when requested, I help her out during the photo sessions, handling and looking after the babies in the water. Dee is a wonderful lady and is always very positive and reassuring to the children and the parents. She always manages to achieve the pictures the parents really want and the quality is brilliant.

      Antonia 12 Feb 2014

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    • Dani, Mum of 2, Jevington

      Dee was recommended to me by a friend and I am so pleased she was. I am a swimming teacher and at the end of term we like to have photos taken for the parents and she also does some film work for us too. Dee always manages to get fantastic photos amid the chaos of the pool and makes it fun and relaxing at the same time. We try and work with Dee as often as we can and having worked with other photographers, Dee is the only person I would recommend every time.

      Dani 12 Feb 2014

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    • Mum of two, eastbourne

      We have done a number of shoots with Dee with our two children from 4 months old to 5 years of age. She always gets the best out of them, making the sessions fun for all involved. My daughter especially liked dressing up as a mermaid. The results have been fantastic, with treasured memories captured on print.

      Vicki 19 Feb 2014

    • Val, Grandma of 3, Polegate

      Dee's energy & enthusiasm are amazing, her photography & fun nature are second to none. Would recommend to anyone who wants stunning pictures.

      Val 18 Feb 2014


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  3. Latest from The Underwater Studio

    • Awesome week with our buddies at Small Splashes, so calm and relaxed....just what we like. ;-)

      24 March 2014

    • We have just confirmed a new venue at The Swim School Academy in Hampshire. Awesome **

      27 February 2014

    • Loving out new Canon 5d mk3 ....6 frames per second.....WOW.

      17 February 2014

    • Preparing to shoot 2 london bands this space. Exciting eeeeeek

      13 February 2014

    • Fantastic trial at Small Splashes in wilmington on Monday.....we are looking forward to becoming part of the furniture or water ;-)

      13 February 2014

  4. Dee Thorogood

    Mum of 2 gorgeous kiddies Lani age 5 and Koby age 6. I would live on the water if i could!. I have travelled the world ...(pre children!!) going to The University of Louisiana USA in 1997 on a swimming scholarship and graduating with BSc in Kinesiology with a minor in exercise science. I then went on to Thailand to become a scuba diving instructor. I landed my first teaching Job in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia working on the Great Barrier reef everyday......what a dream!. I then lived in Fremantle perth Western Australia and working with Perth Diving academy before going to Malaysia and finally home. I teach scuba diving in england and am also a qualified swim teacher. I adore my job in every way ...ok so maybe not the hours of editing! ;-). I get to meet new bundles of life every week and be part of their underwater experience. How much better than that does it get. See you underwater. xx

    • Qualifications (5)
      • PADI Scuba Diver Instructor
      • Level 2 Award in Safeguarding & Protecting Children and Young People in Sport and Active Leisure
      • ASA Assistant Aqua Fit instructor
      • First Aid at Work
      • National Pool Lifeguard

Suitable for ages

  • Pre-natal
  • 0-12 months
  • 12-24 months
  • 2
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Customer Reviews (10)

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  • What the Kids Think
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Information for Parents

  • Gender: Mixed
  • Operates during: Other , Weekends , Weekdays , After school , During school , Term time , School holidays
  • Grouping: With others (group, class or team)
  • Number of visits: Day out/one off
  • Disabilities catered for: Physical disabilities Intellectual disabilities

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  • ASA Assistant Aqua Fit instructor
  • National Pool Lifeguard
  • PADI Scuba Diver Instructor
  • First Aid at Work
  • Level 2 Award in Safeguarding & Protecting Children and Young People in Sport and Active Leisure
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