about - Chase Darnell
Turtle Hug

Chase Darnell award winning underwater/surf photographer, videographer and filmmaker. With a mindset of spending as much time as possible in an array of water environments, Chase has a deep passion for recording and depicting these aquatic environments and those enjoying their elements in order to show their natural beauty and lasting yet fragile place on this earth and in people's hearts.


"For the last 4 years of my life, I have put myself into the environment that I wish to experience and document as much as I can. Currently residing in Grand Cayman and surrounded by some of the clearest water in the Caribbean Sea, I must say it’s not hard to wake up and do it every day. With a camera in hand and some type of aquatic environment to explore, I cannot help but have this feeling deep in my soul, that something amazing, something rare, or something life changing might happen at any given moment in front of my lens."


Born and raised in landlocked Jolly, Texas, Chase was born into a family of divers. Now at age 25, he has a decade’s worth of diving under his belt and has found his way to Grand Cayman, where he lives with his loving Girlfriend Shannon and there two Boston Terriers, Ebbie and Nollie. After all this time in the water, it was a natural transition to start documenting his encounters. Starting with video, Chase began to film his diving adventures and soon became interested in stills. Having only been shooting stills underwater since October 2013, he has been able to take advantage of the ease and abundance of diving in his backyard to hone his skills. Chase accounts his encounters and images to a simple theory: “More hours in the water = more experiences.”