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Sea Star Underwater Portraits is owned and operated by Abi Smigel Mullens, a self proclaimed underwater nut. Her knowledge and years of experience of underwater photography and teaching kids in the pool, gymnasium, classroom and marine science lab have culminated in this unique form of children's photography.

Abi's extensive work with kids in many different facets helps her to get the great underwater facial expressions she is known for. She took her first underwater portraits of the kids on her Swim Team with a disposable underwater camera back in 1992. Of course the set-up she uses now is quite a bit more durable, but the thrill she gets from each underwater photo shoot never gets old.

In addition to Sea Star Underwater Portraits, Abi also owns Abi Smigel Mullens Photography, which specializes in underwater and travel photography. She has been published in many SCUBA diving magazines and is the still photographer for the San Dieguito

Wetland Restoration Project. Check out her extensive portfolio at