A couple of weeks back, I had an unexpected call from the Colchester Gazette, our local paper, who were intrigued by mermaiding as a concept, and professional mermaiding as a career, and were keen to feature me.

I was obviously delighted, and enthusiastically said yes – the enthusiasm dropped only slightly when they said they quite fancied meeting me on Clacton beach to take some photos. On a Sunday morning in November.

Mermaid Kerenza Sapphire by Sarah Wayte Photography | mermaiding.co.uk

Photo by the brilliant Sarah Wayte Photography

But, you know, a mermaid’s gotta do what a mermaid’s gotta do. So I rounded up my very talented photographer friend Sarah, and headed down to the beach on a sunny but COLD Sunday morning to meet the press photographer.

I have to give him credit, he didn’t turn a hair – just got on with the job, even though it must have been among his weirder assignments! Though the snoozing fisherman in the cove got a bit of a shock when he woke up…

Mermaid Kerenza Sapphire on the beach, by Sarah Wayte Photography | mermaiding.co.uk

Image by Sarah Wayte Photography

Once he’d finished, Sarah and I settled in to take a few more pics – I was glad I’d brought the corset for a bit of extra warmth, as the sea was icy when it hit me!

We even got an Instax version!

So this is what my morning has been about – photographing the lovely Carla from @mermaidinguk at Clacton Beach!

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And here’s the finished article – I was hugely amused to find myself blurbed on the front page and then a full page article… on page 3. One to tick off the bucket list, clearly… and I bet they’ve never had a page 3 mermaid before!!

Gazette newspaper article about Mermaid Kerenza Sapphire | mermaiding.co.uk

Here’s the link to the online article, if you fancy a read.