Dean Karamehmedovic was born in Slovenia, central Europe, in March 1964. From 2000 to 2002, Dean entered the world of diving in the frigid waters off east Canada, and in 2000, moved to Hawaii. Four years later, he earned a dive professional rating. Dean’s experience with underwater photography began in 2003, while shooting with a Sony 707 and Inon strobe, then transitioning to his first DSLR in 2005. At the same time, Dean started a web site documenting the creatures found in Hawaiian waters, HawaiiMarineLife.com. Dean has since upgraded his equipment several times and is now shooting with a Canon 5DMk2, Sea and Sea housing, and dual Sea and Sea YS-250PRO strobes. Dean has logged more than 800 lifetime dives, the majority of which are in Hawaii.
Above water, Dean works as an immersive photographer in Hawaii, and has photographed more than 220 hotels across the US and Canada. One of Dean’s marquee projects includes aerial 360-degree panoramas shot at the dream locations of Waikiki, Kilauea Volcano, Molokai, and Kalaupapa. Examples of Dean’s immersive work can be found at VTHawaii.com.
Underwater photography remains Dean’s greatest passion and he never enters the ocean without his camera.