Becky has always been attracted to water, but her curiosity about what lay beneath the waves became an obsession from a young age. She always knew documenting the underwater world is what she wanted to do. Becky is a 5 time Emmy-Award winning underwater cameraman, photographer and technical Diving Instructor whose work can be seen on major networks including National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and The Travel Channel. She specializes in bringing back video from challenging aquatic environments from filming in caves, under ice, shipwrecks to sharks. Becky has over 23 years of diving experience logging thousands of hours underwater allowing her to be comfortable in a variety of environments. Filming underwater can be challenging and dangerous to divers with little experience in technical environments. Her decades of training and experience means she is comfortable, safe, and can work with a team to produce a stunning product.
Her projects have taken her all over the world from the Arctic to Antarctic and many exciting locations in between. Her biggest passion is capturing haunting images of shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. She combines her artistic style with powerful stories of tragedy, mystery and survival to ignite the viewers imagination
Becky enjoys diving in each of the Great Lakes and has participated in projects helping to document shipwrecks in 3D twice for the National Park Service in Isle Royale National Park. She has also participated in several exploration projects searching for new wrecks in Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. In 2011 she was worked with NOAA on a documentary called “Project Shiphunt” searching for shipwrecks with a group of high school students. They found the Schooner M.F. MERRICK lost in 1889 and ETURA in over 300 feet of icy cold water off of Presque Isle Michigan. Becky was one of the first divers on both wrecks to film the exploration. The dives were cold, deep and very challenging. The use of Closed Circuit Rebreathers, mixed gases and experienced safety team were used to conduct the dives. In June of 2015 Becky was invited to assist in the exploration of the Alice E. Wilds found by Shipwreck Explorers off of Milwaukee Michigan. The wreck also sits in over 300 feet of water. Becky’s passion for the Great Lakes has only grown fiercer in the past few years and visiting more incredible sites and capturing hauntingly beautiful imagery on these preserved wrecks.
Becky has also participated in several other expeditions diving a virgin wreck in a remote area of Japan with Wreck Diving Magazine, and documenting deep sea mounts off the coast of Brazil for Pangaea Exploration. She helped shoot 3D video of Benedict Arnolds gunboat SPITFIRE in Lake Champlain for the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in 2010. She filmed the exploration of Weeki Wachee Cave system in 2009 in over 300ft of water, and shot the Phantom Springs Cave Exploration Project in Texas in 2012. Her background in cave diving has lead to underwater director of photography jobs with National Geographic, BBC and RED BULL over the years and she’s earned a reputation for being able to capture footage in these tough, dark, and dangerous places. She’s worked with archeologists in Mexico documenting Mayan remains in sacred cenotes. She’s participated in projects with NOAA on the USS Monitor, the B-29 Bomber in Lake Mead, and WWII wrecks in Truk lagoon. Not only has she done with the National Park Service and NOAA but she worked closely with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s AVIL lab for several years, She's worked with Archeologists and delicately diving historical shipwrecks along with documenting changes over time and telling their stories through powerful imagery.
Becky has a degree in Journalism from the University of Tampa and started her career in Broadcast news with CBS and FOX covering everything from the presidential election in 2008 to major hurricanes in Florida. That photojournalism background has stayed with her and storytelling is in her blood. She actively writes for 4-5 Dive Magazines and contributes to several international publications. Her images have also been used in Museums, Shows, several books and educational materials. Her photography was featured in Blancpain's Fifty Fathoms Edition 2018 as one of 5 chosen photographers. .
Becky has been actively diving for 23 years, 19 of which have been technical diving starting in caves when she was 16 years old living in Florida. She began diving closed circuit rebreathers in 2007 and currently is a technical diving instructor through TDI for the Megalodon Rebreather teaching through trimix. Becky is a sought after presenter at dive conferences and has presented in England, Poland, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Slovenia and all over the USA on her work and adventures. She is a Fellow in the Explorers Club and in 2013 she was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame.
Discovery Channel Canada Daily Planet : Season 23 Ep25 Aired on Oct 19th, 2017. Feature segment on my Great Lakes Photography. http://www.discovery.ca/Shows/Daily-Planet/video?vid=1231569
Great Lakes Echo - http://greatlakesecho.org/2017/08/11/underwater-photographer-captures-forgotten-stories-beneath-great-lakes/
Discovery Channel Underwater Director of Photography for “Billion Dollar Oyster Project” 4k
Pure Imagination Studios National Geographic 360-degree theater project. British Columbia. Underwater Cameraman shot to obtain both 6k footage of sea lions, giant pacific octopus and wolf eels.
National Geographic Underwater AC / Lighting “One Strange Rock” shot in Abaco and Andros Bahamas.
Sedna Arctic Expedition Underwater & Topside Cameraman - 5 educational web outreach videos in Iqaluit Canada shooting under ice, ROV’s, and marine critter collections for touch tanks.
NBC TODAY SHOW / NBC NATIONAL : Underwater Cameraman “Underwater Live shots with 20+ Bull Sharks” Unique shoot doing multiple live hits in 6ft seas offshore in Florida covering Great White shark sightings. Several national packages aired as well.
FLEX SEAL : Underwater Cameraman “Flexeal Color commercial” Turned a 1940’s classic truck into a submarine in Blue Grotto, FL
TRAVEL CHANNEL : Underwater Director of Photography “America the Beautiful” Underwater Caves of Florida. MacGillivray Freeman Films
BELIZE DIVING SERVICES : Underwater Director & Cameraman for 10 web commercials advertising technical diving in Belize.
2018 Sport Diver Magazines 100 Best (Belize, Cedarville, Norman wrecks).
2017 InfoSuperior Podcast http://infosuperior.com/blog/2017/10/02/podcastphotos-gunilda-great-lakes-deep-diving-pinnacle/
2017 DIVER Mag: Interview with Jim Standing : Fourth Element
2017 Sport Diver Magazine – Dutch Springs 2-page Feature
2017 Scuba Diving Magazine – Shooting Stars top 5 Favorite photographers
2017 Cover Scuba Diver Mag UK – Norman
2017 Scuba Diver UK Mag – Interview & Images pages 78-82
2017 DIVER Cover July 2017 Poor Knights Islands NZ
2017 Asian Geographic 360 Interview
2017 Wreck Diving Magazine Aug issue Daniel J. Morrell article
2017 XRay Magazine – Presque Isle Wrecks & Milwaukee Wrecks & Cover.
2017 Federation Magazine Great Lakes Article (Germamy)
2017 Scuba Diving Magazine Dutch springs
2017 Scuba Diving Magazine Cover (Cave diver)
2017 Alert Diver “Dutch Springs”
2016 Cover Federation Magazine (Germany) & feature inside
2016 DIVER Magazine “Daniel J. Morrell” Article
2016 DIVER Magazine “Bucket List”
2016 Diver Magazine Cover “Top 10 Snorkeling Destinations”
Wreck Diving Magazine - Issue #38 - Cover Image and Article on Photographing Presque Isle Shipwrecks
Not only is Becky a professional diver but she can also teach your talent and crew to dive or act as a divemaster. As an active Instructor since 2000 she’s introduced many individuals the the underwater world. For better shooting results and longer bottom times she uses and teaches rebreather technology. Along with the use of Nitrox and Tri-mix gasses for dives in the 150 ft - 400 foot technical diving depths. See all certifications below.