Scott Gietler, Owner







Scott is the founder of Bluewater Photo, Bluewater Travel and the Underwater Photography Guide, and one of the world's leading experts in underwater photography education and camera / lens reviews. 

Scott lives in Marina Del Rey with his lovely wife Penny and new baby Ryan. They have traveled together throughout the world on diving and non-diving trips.

If possible he tries to get out diving each week with some of the other members of the Bluewater photo & Underwater Photography Guide staff.

An avid marine naturalist, Scott is the author of the Field Guide to Southern California Marine Life. He was the LAUPS photographer of the year for 2009, and his photos have appeared in magazines, coffee table & marine life books, museums, galleries and aquariums throughout California. He is a regular contributor to Scuba Diving and Sport diving magazines, and he teaches underwater photography locally on a frequent basis on local trips and international workshops.

He regularly uses a Canon compact, Olympus mirrorless camera, and several Nikon dSLR cameras.

Kelli Dickinson, Store Manager

Kelli is a scuba instructor and underwater photographer with a long history of running operations for small businesses. She oversees all the customer orders, and is an expert using high-end compact and mirrorless camera systems.

She attended University of Arizona, and is a regular triathlon participant who has even completed an Ironman.

Mark Strickland, dSLR and Travel Specialist

Mark Strickland’s life-long interest in the sea has included over 10,000 dives and careers as lifeguard, boat captain and scuba instructor. His passion for underwater photography has led him to many top dive locales, including Virgin Islands, Australia, and Thailand, where he spent 17 years as Cruise Director on a series of live-aboards. Mark now resides in Ventura county, California.

An avid marine naturalist, Mark has discovered several nudibranch species. He is co-author and principle photographer for Lonely Planet’s award-winning book, “Diving and Snorkeling Thailand”, and his work appears in many magazines, books and displays around the world. Currently, Mark leads several dive trips each year to his favorite destinations, while working on a career-spanning large-format pictorial book.

Mark's photos and articles have appeared in magazines and books around the world, including Action Asia, BBC Wildlife, National Geographic World, Natural History, Scuba Diving, Skin Diver, Sport Diver, Sportdiving, Unterwasser and many others.

Tommy Stylski, Sales and Photo Professional

Tommy is an avid marine life photographer, ocean lover, and diver of over 20 years. His dad introduced him to scuba at a young age while vacationing in Tulum, Mexico. Now a certified dive master, he’s led hundreds of trips and has worked with both novice and the most advanced divers. Diving has provided him opportunities to travel, visit many Caribbean destinations, lead workshops in the Philippines, photograph sharks in Fiji and explore the kelp forests of California. These experiences have instilled in him a deep respect for our oceans.

Now planted in a small beach town, Tommy enjoys a surf before work and time with his family.

Matthew Sullivan, Sales and Photo Professional

Matthew Sullivan is an award-winning photographer from New Jersey who now lives in Southern California. He has been diving since the age of 10 and had a disposable camera in his hand almost from day one. Wildlife and nature photography is his passion, with a special affection for marine life. All his spare time is spent wandering mountains, deserts, rainforests, or oceans looking for opportunities to make inspiring images that will hopefully help persuade people to stand up for our natural and wild places and to conserve and preserve the amazing animals that inhabit them. To see more of his work visit his Instagram page @_matthugh.