Mermaid PhotographyAbout Mermaid Memory Photo Sessions in Santa CruzMermaid Photo Sessions Mermaid Photo Shoots in Northern California, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, South San Francisco, Carmel, Big Sur, Pebble Beach by photography studio Alixandra Art & Photography

All About Mermaid Photo Sessions:

Mermaid Magical Memories to last a lifetime, Mermaid Photo Sessions at the Beach in Santa Cruz, Monterey & Big Sur from a professional photographer artist with 10+ years photographic experience, you've reached the website of  Alixandra Art & Photography Studios, The Santa Cruz Mermaid Photographer who has been making Fairytale & Mermaid Dreams come true for your Happily Ever After Memories for over 10 years, with professional children portrait photography!

Come down to the Beach for Mermaid Day, or for a longer Mermaid Photo Session scheduled at Sunset for the most enchanting, magical colorful painted sky and a blissful, ocean mermaid experience.

Professional, On-location lighting for capturing the sunset with perfect colors, artistic fine art editing from an internationally published photographic artist. Alixandra Art & Photography Studios has been capturing cherished, magical childrens portraits since 2011, with professional experience for beauty lighting, styling, and posing even in rain & shine wacky weather situations.... 


Children who dream of becoming a Mermaid get to play Mermaid Imagination while dressing up in the most realistic Mermaid Tails! 


Expecting Mamas can get a Mermaid Maternity Photo Session, with special emphasis on their baby belly! 




Mermaids can be photographed on the rocks and stay nice and dry, or daring mermaids can pose in the gentle waves and get a little wet if they would like to! 



A whimsical Mermaid Photo Session which includes costuming/styling dress up with magical, enchanted themes straight from a Fairytale... Children's Whimsical Mermaid Photo Shoot, or Adults Mermaid Styled Photo Shoot. A Magical Photo Shoot where you / your children can dress up as Mermaids or Merman from the sea.

Mother Daughters who want to wear matching Mermaid Tails can get Styled as Mermaid Sea Queens together! Matching Crowns, Matching Pearls and more.... 


Mother Daughter Mermaid Photo Shoots are the best! Your child & you have a fantastic Mermaid Experience & an amazing photographic Mermaid Memory to treasure FOREVER! Alixandra Art & Photography Studios has a collection of Mermaid Tails from the best Mermaid tailors around, with tails for babies, tails for teens, tails for kids and even a Tail which will fit for a Mermaid Maternity Photo Shoot! Matching Mother Daughter Mermaid Tails make for the most special kind of memory and one that your little girl will cherish in her heart for decades!  

book a Mermaid Session around your vacation to Santa Cruz. Many people choose to take their vacation in Santa Cruz and book a Mermaid Session at the beach in Capitola or Santa Cruz to schedule into their time at the coast.

Dont forget the Fun underwater Art!! Alixandra Mullins, Owner of Alixandra Art & Photography is an award winning artist, with Art published on puzzles and greeting cards around the world, with her Artwork available in OVER 20+ countries around the world...  Alix has created Graphic Art & Photographic imagery for the Greeting Card, Fine Art & Puzzles Markets for over a decade. A benefit of Choosing Alixandra Art & Photography to do your Mermaid Photographs is the opportunity for all the fun Mermaid Artwork which can be added onto your Mermaid Photo Session! 

  Underwater Artwork complete with Whales and dolphins!Little Mermaids dont always swim that well, however we can always put in an underwater artwork edit on your Mermaid Memory Photo Session by adding in orcas, dolphins, turtles and whales to your images (post production) ! You don't even need to get wet for these fantastic underwater artwork mermaid memory photos!

Ideal if you cannot make one of my promotional  Mermaid Photo Shoot Days but still want beautiful mermaid magical artwork  or another ocean mer creature story idea, of you & your children. We can schedule the Anytime Mermaid Session at great locations which are  sometimes unavailable during my Fairytale & Mermaid Events and we can schedule them a little more to fit your schedule and sometimes closer to your area   (Bay Area Families) . Mermaid Photo Sessions are photographed at the beach, though they can also be scheduled at a river or lake, sometimes a pool. (Travel fees may apply outside of Santa Cruz / Monterey counties ) Please Note: These are Mermaid on the Rocks, photo sessions and you will be photographed above water, next to water, but not in the water. Underwater Swimming Mermaid Sessions are not offered at this time. The Studio can create artwork to make it appear you are swimming underwater, however you will be photographed "on land".

All Mermaid Photo Sessions are offered in the Northern California area, close to Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz Area, south of San Francisco Bay Area Beaches. Offering Children's Mermaid Photo Shoots, Mermaid Maternity Photo Shoots, Mermaid Mama & Baby Mermaid Photo Sessions and Trident Merman King of the Sea Photo Sessions. 


Just like my Mermaid Day Photo Shoots. except longer and scheduled when you need.

You still have access to Studio Wardrobe, Props & Professional Lighting On-Location. Which includes exclusive Mermaid Tails designed by The Mertailor, handmaid seashell crowns, seashell props & custom Mermaid Artwork, magical embellishments designed by artist Alixandra Mullins.

Mermaid Photo Sessions are for all ages! Young at Heart, moms, kids, babies, Merman, and even grandma Mermaids! All that's required is a wish, to become a mermaid, for just a little while.... 

Rather than the shorts 30 minute session from Fairy Day / Mermaid Day, we have a little longer which allows for children to truly experience the imaginative play of dressing as an enchanted creature from a magical realm such as a fairy, a princess, knight, or mermaid. Beach Mermaid Sessions are usually photographed in the late afternoon, generally right before the sunset for picture perfect golden hour lighting on the beach.

Cost of Creative Sitting Fee for Anytime Fairytale Session - $150 for 60-90 minute session (Prints / Canvas/Albums/Digital Files are purchased Separately and do not come with the Sitting Fee)If you catch my MERMAID DAY, the Mermaid Session Fee  is $125 & there is usually a Make-Up Artist available at the beach on-location for you. 

a collection purchase of your choosing is made at your Viewing & Ordering Session, 2-3 weeks after your Mermaid Photo Shoot.  Sitting fee covers time & talent of photographer & portion of the custom artwork editing. Photographer with 15+ years of photographic experience and on-location lighting, means, if you go through the process of putting on a mermaid tail and getting all Mermaid ready, you can be 100% certain of getting picture perfect results! Rain,or shine, sunny or cloudy, with professional photographic on-location lighting, you can be Alix will take her time to get you the best possible images.

Alix did her first Mermaid Art Photographs in Santa Cruz, starting in 2005. She moved from the Sacramento Valley to be close to the ocean, because the Mermaid Spirits called to her. In the past, she photographed people on the beach and hand painted the Mermaid Tails onto them. Alix has had a very long career as a visual artist, has been widely published around the world for her photography and art in the greeting card markets, the puzzles industry and the fine art canvas collections on sites such as and more. Alix received her first DSLR Camera in highschool, and has been taking photographs professionally since 2001. She has a degree in Media with emphasis in Visual Design, and Alix teacher photography camps, design and visual composition are 2nd nature. Alix has been taking photographs professionally for nearly 2 decades, as well as creating graphic art.    Once your photographs are done, they also go through an extensive artwork editing process which involves color painting, extra magical sparkles, adding in marine life such as dolphins, orcas, sea turtles and other little bits of magic. Siblings can be photographed together in one session, siblings additional fee per sibling is $25. The Studio asks that you choose 1 theme for your photo session, (Dolphin, Sea Dragon etc.) . If requesting different themes, additional artwork charges will apply.  

Some Fun Mermaid Artwork which you can only get from Alixandra Art & Photography Studios: Mermaids Riding on Sea Turtles! 

Mermaids Swimming underwater (even if you only pose on a rock or in the sand) 

Mermaids meeting dolphins!


If you are interested in finding out more about a Whimsical Enchanted Mermaid Photo Sessions for you or your children, please fill out the below form and I will get in touch with you shortly! 







Listen to the Sea, for the Seashells shall tell you the Secrets of the Merfolk!


What to Wear for Mermaid Photo Sessions
Mermaid Sessions take place at the beach, on the rocks, sand or possibly in very shallow water.
Bathing Suit - (Bikini Bottoms are a MUST & are REQUIRED) . The Mermaid tails are fitted over a bikini bottom. Its
important that the bottom is a bathing suit, NOT undies as we are on a Public Beach and want to minimize any chance your
child may feel self-consious .

Ive got tops which match the Mermaid Tails, however to minimuze any self-consious feelings its
best to wear your own bathing suit top until we are taking photographs and have the matching tops available.

Bring a Towel & a Parent!- If your child is over age 4, they may get wet if they want to lay in the sand for the waves and have
a water photographs.

The Mermaid Tails are actually designed for swimming in the water so if your child is a water baby and
wants to be kissed by the Ocean on the sand, that’s perfect.

Please note: Child mermaids under 18 are NOT allowed fully in
the water without a parent (in a wet-suit) in the waves with them & release form signed. Kids do NOT have to get wet to be a
Mermaid, and my littlest Mermaids normally do NOT get a water shot, unless specially requested. Many young mermaids are
photographed on the sand & rocks & with the help of Photograhpic Digital Tools, splashing is added in.

Leggings - can be worn under the Mermaid Tail if its really cold outside. Tighter fitting leggings work best and can keep your
child warm in the event that Fog rolls in.

Hooded Sweatshirt / Sweater - Bring a Hooded Sweatshirt / Sweater which can be easily wrapped around your child (one with
zipper or buttons) so it does not have to go over their heads. If the Fog rolls in, sometimes Northern Californian Beaches can
get chilly without warning) . We will take breaks where your child can warm up if needed.

Jewelry - If your child has special preferences on Mermaid related jewlery, please feel free to bring or wear with you. I bring an
assortment of seashells crowns and other related styled props but am open to personal jewelry.

Warm Clothes - Warm Clothes to Change into are important to pack, Often the air will be colder than when we started,
espcially if we are photographing your Mermaid Session before Sunset, or if your child ends up getting wet from the waves.
Temporary Tattoos & stamps Lots of kids (my own included) seem to love temporary tattoos, and stamps on their bodies.
If possible, please avoid any temporary tattoos on your child’s arms or legs before our scheduled Fairy Photo Session. Stamps
too, even though I realize dance and gymnastics teachers don’t always ask before decorating your child. Before your photo
Session, if possible to remove / wash off any visible stamps, paint or temporary tattoos as this can result in extra photo-editing
to remove from your finished art images.

Make-Up - It’s the parents choice on whether to apply stage make-up or “Mommy’s Make-up” before a Photo-Session. I have
a professional make-up Artist who is available for you or your child’s Fairy portrait if desired (additional fee paid directly to
make-up artist) . Sometimes young children will become very enthusiatic about their photo sessions when they discover that
they get to borrow some of “Mommy’s Lipstick” or get to wear their own glitter lipstick. I don’t supply lipstick (unless you have
booked the make-up artist) so its up to the parents. For Moms; if your own make-up is important, be sure you are also “cameraready”
if time permits I try to do at least one Mother/Daughter image when shooting, if Mom (or Dad) desires for a fun memory.
Let me know in advance if that’s something you’d like to do or not do. (There’s no extra charge)

Siblings in Wet Suits, such as brothers on surf boards can be fun to take a few shots with. Moms can put on a matching Tail if

Ive for Mermaid Tails in many colors! Matching Mother Daughter Mermaid Tails, in purple, green, aqua, red, pink, blue, black and more... Gobi Rainbow tails, Pink purple dream mermaid tails, all in my Studio Mermaid Collection from the BEST MERMAID TAIL MAKERS in the WORLD!

The Mermaid Tails are made of a bathing suit-like fabric and fit over my various collection of mono-fins. I have baby tails, childrens tails and even tails which are for Expecting mamas. I even have a MERMAID tail. 

The Mermaid Tail fits over a Mono-Fin, which I have in many different sizes.



Sometimes I wonder how I ended up with so many Mermaid Tails in my Studio wardrobe.... The answer is that I like to take my Mermaid Tails to Hawaii and I have two little girls and lots of Mer Friends. once I captured an entire Mermaid Family, so having lots of tails available in many colors is very important for a Mermaid Photographer!

My favorite tail of all, the Super Fintastic Mertailor Silicone Fantasy Fin in Purple Glitter! An absolute dream to swim in, and perfect for Adult Mermaids who really want to look fabulous...


Mermaid Photo Sessions involve alot. This is why I offer a Mermaid Day, where I can photograph a few Mermaids over a few hours. I have a Beach Wagon and bring my Mermaid Tails, My Mermaid Crowns, a Lightstand for fantastic on-location professional photographic lighting, multiple mono-fins and a Make-Up Artist I have partnered with also brings down her chairs/makeup palletes so you can look fintastic for your Mermaid Session. Not to mention the extra Seashells, pearls and sometimes Starfish props that I also bring along to the beach.  If you miss a Mermaid Photo Day, you can still book an Anytime Session. The Anytime Session is a little more $, due to the bringing of ALL the Mermaid Session Accessories, buts it worth it as you get extra time in front of the Camera and it can be timed just right for Sunset ... 

It fits snugly into your chosen colored Mermaid Tail. This Fin, fits my purple, tropical blue and green mermaid Adult Tails.

If you are becoming a Mermaid, of course, you need a CROWN to wear!

I have two little girls, so we spend hours and hours making beautiful Mermaid Crowns. Actually, at my wedding, I had my nieces dress up as MERMAIDS and blow bubbles as I walked down the aisle! I was wearing a MERMAID CROWN when I got married....  (see below) 

(this one above, not available for Photo Sessions) HOWEVER< 

Here is a Mermaid Crown (below) available for Your Mermaid Photo Session in Santa Cruz

Mermaid Crown for your Mermaid Photo SessionThis crown is hand made from seaclass, abalone , pearls and a starfish!

One of my FAVORITE mermaid crowns is this one made of abalone, pearls and seashells.

Abalone Mermaid Queen Crown for your Mermaid Photo SessionThis crown is hand made from seaglass, abalone , pearls and a starfish!  

Mermaid Starfish CrownStarfish Mermaid Princess CrownThis crown is hand made from colored seaclass, abalone , pearls and a starfish! Perfect for a Mermaid Princess Photo Session Mermaid Crown Deepl BlueThis crown is hand made from sea glass, abalone , pearls and a starfish!

Of course, every Mermaid Needs a fabulous seashell top to wear for her Mermaid Photo Session....

Mermaid Shell Tophandpainted Mermaid shell top with pearls and fishnets   Pink Seashell Mermaid Top

Green handpainted Seashell with pearls and fishnet is available for your Mermaid Photo Shoot on the Beach this summer!















Mommy Baby Mermaid Photo ShootEnchanted Ocean Artwork by artist Alixandra Mullins When your baby wont look at the camera, and wave's their hands around, magical dolphins will appear in your artwork... Photographed with Matching Mother Daughter Mertailor Mermaid Tails, what could be sweeter... Mama MermaidMermaid Mother & child at the beach