Meet Hannah Mermaid
Hannah is a professional underwater mermaid, creating her own functional yet highly exquisite mermaid tails. A dedicated Ocean activist, Hannah travels the world performing for charity projects to commercial ventures to bring awareness to the ocean and its precious animal life. Hannah performs in exotic locations appearing in numerous movies and shoots swimming in the open ocean with sharks, dolphins, whales, seals, manta rays and more.
Hannah has been modeling for over 20 years in TV, Film, Photographic and Catwalk.
Hannah is an underwater performer, choreographer, photographer and coach she teaches underwater models how to deal with the challenges of being a 'professional’ mermaid. This unique vocation requires graceful movement while holding the breath in a constantly shifting environment, dealing with buoyancy issues, hindered by blurry underwater vision and swimming in a costume that binds the legs together! A high level of confidence and practice underwater is essential to capturing a successful underwater image that inspires the viewer.
Despite any difficulties, doing underwater shoots are Hannah’s ultimate passion! The weightless poses she holds while swimming create the most beautiful and sinuous lines. Hannah says, “I love the challenge, and I feel the most free and expressive while under the water,” and this obviously translates to all the fins we’ve seen her in!
The difference between working with video or photos is huge. In this workshop, Hannah will showcase the difference and give personal pointers on how to approach different types of shoots. Hannah explains, “I find that after about an hour diving up and down I am able to hold my breath for increasingly longer amounts of time as we progress into the session. My regular practice of Yoga and Breath Control enables me to extend my lung capacity.”
Hannah Fraser found herself in an unusual occupation – she works as a mermaid – modeling for underwater shooting. Hannah is also an environmental activist and a sea-life campaigner.
Fraser wanted to become a mermaid since early childhood. “At age 9 I made my first mermaid tail out of orange plastic material. The heavy waterlogged tail helped me develop a strong dolphin-style of swimming,” says Hannah. Since then, she has streamlined her tail designs to be one of the most elaborate and detailed works of underwater art in the world. She has been modeling for the best underwater photographers in the world for nearly 20 years, including creating numerous groundbreaking projects with Emmy award-winning cinematographer and celebrated ocean activist Shawn Heinrichs.
Today, Hannah Mermaid’s videos on Youtube have millions of views; she has more than 150,000 followers on Facebook, and 132,000 subscribers on Instagram. Omega Watches, Cirque Du Soleil, Atlantis Resort Bahamas, Mirage Hotel-Vegas, Chicago museum of Natural History, and Cannes Film Festival are just few of her clients.
Hannah has been photographed swimming in the open ocean with tiger, white and whale sharks, dolphins, manta rays, seals and more. The mermaid says she was most impressed with the whales, “When we got back in the boat after having whales look us in the eye and sing to us, we were crying. The emotional release that happened that was so powerful, and I knew at that moment that I would put my life on the line to protect these intelligent creatures.”
Hannah dedicates a percentage of her earnings as a mermaid towards ocean conservation charities. She has cooperated with Surfers For Cetaceans, Blue Sphere Foundation, Sea Shepherd, Greenpeace, and she swam with Great White sharks for an eco-activism tv series and was featured in the academy award winning film ’ he Cove' to end the slaughter of whales and dolphins in Japan.
Her work requires constant practice: She practices yoga, deep breath work as well as aerobic/dance practice. Now the mermaid will begin a documentary project about her underwater career.