Sirenia Mermaid

Mermaid Lore & Design Concept
When I first met Traci, I saw how she encompassed that Disney Princess essence and persona, and I knew I had to bring that persona to vibrant, mermaid life. She reminds me of a classic Hollywood Starlet from the 40’s, punctuated by her bright red hair and lips to match. Not only does she have the looks, but she also has the voice of a siren! With that deadly combination, she could beckon any seafarer to a watery grave. I treated the photos to have a vintage pin-up style that I think works well for her look.

For her costume, I definitely pulled a lot of inspiration from Disney’s Ariel, but still wanted that retro feel. I wanted to create something other the the typical seashells for the top, so I used sequin applique to gives a glamorous feel over painted lace with crinkle silk. I aged her necklace and headdress, making them sea-worn as if she had found treasure from sunken ships.

The tail was purchased from the Mertailor! His tails are amazing, and you can actually swim in them due to a mono fin built in. I love that we could have some photos of her playing in the water 🙂

Indigo did an amazing job not only capturing Traci’s beauty, but I love how he caught the perfect moments of the waves crashing around her. A special thanks to Damian, our mer-toting macho man, and Jenny for keeping an eye on Traci to make sure everything was in its right place.

Photoshoot Location
Aliso Beach-Orange County-California-USA


Traci Hines

Behind the Scenes Video

Traci Mermaid Shoot 2010 from Indigoverse on Vimeo.

Related post –
Sirenia 1
Sirenia 2
Sirenia Mermaid Photoshoot

Risu Kim - November 1, 2010 - 7:15 am

This shoot is something that was bound to happen and I am absolutely blown away at the final shots!! You definitely have the greatest skills ever and on the top of my magic list!!
Traci Hines makes an AMAZING mermaid as well >W< <3<3<3<3!!

Traci - November 1, 2010 - 4:04 pm

These photos are ridiculously amazing. WOW.

Traci Hines - November 1, 2010 - 5:42 pm

OMGshhhh Jo, thank you SO MUCH for making all my mermaid dreams come true! I will be forever grateful! This was srsly one of the best days of my life-it was nothing short of magical. Love to you, my magic-maker! <3<3<3 Traci

Glenn H. - November 1, 2010 - 7:28 pm

The pics are great.. and adding the video (that I just finished watching)is just AWESOME!!! especially having Traci as the Mermaid.. & that hummingbird… *magical*.
Perfect collaboration, photography, video, & the perfect model (& singer) Traci Hines (a true Mermaid). @sajak551

Roxanna Meta - November 2, 2010 - 8:43 am

I am so completely mesmerized by these photographs. They really are some of the most beautiful costume shots – or indeed, any fashion shots at all – that I’ve seen. Everyone did an amazing job (I watched the video too – yes, all of it!). I can’t compliment you all enough. What an absolute fantasy. Completely, completely perfect.

Now I don’t know whether it’s more my dream to work with you all, or to get a mermaid tail of my own… ; )

Traci Hines - November 2, 2010 - 9:58 am

OMGsh someone pleeeeease make an animated gif of the hummingbird moment lol! Who is a gif master??? XD

Chay - November 4, 2010 - 12:37 am

omg thats traci hines i love her voice i am one of her biggest fans she is soo pretty

Jacky - November 4, 2010 - 2:53 am

Holy cow! This is AMAZING!!! I love your work, it’s absolutely stunning!

giovanna - February 14, 2011 - 8:11 pm


Nikki - May 8, 2011 - 7:23 pm

Ilove it! traci looks amazing! I;m siting here with my little cousin and the first thing he said was,”She’s my future wife!” and,” She;s the most beautiful woman i’ve ever seen” lol!

Kylie - July 8, 2011 - 1:00 am

Is there any place to buy prints of this? I would LOVE one!

Liz - August 8, 2012 - 10:42 pm

Ariel is my favorite Disney princess!! Hence why I have an obsession with red hair 😉 I love Traci too! I have seen many of her cosplays and have heard her sing. She’s incredible! Beautiful shots <3

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