Barbara Doernbach on location in the Solomon Islands, © Stephen Frink

WaterHouse Tours and Reservations is a dive travel specialty company founded in 1985 by renowned underwater photographer Stephen Frink and wife Barbara Doernbach. The objective has been to organize tours catering to the special needs of underwater photographers. As such, Stephen has been the tour leader for more than four dozen highly rewarding tours to dive resorts and live-aboard boats in such diverse and exotic destinations as the Red Sea, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Africa, Australia, Palau, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, and the Socorro Islands.

Stephen Frink is among the world's most frequently published UW photographers, with a career spanning four decades. He arrived in Key Largo in 1978 to open a small studio dedicated to UW photo services, primarily renting cameras and processing E-6 slide film, but he soon began to receive assignments to photograph and write articles for the consumer dive publications of the day. He worked as a photojournalist for Skin Diver magazine for 17-years, covering much of the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Florida Keys for the publication. Subsequently he worked as the Director of Photography for Scuba Diving magazine. For the past 10 years Stephen has been the publisher of Alert Diver Magazine, a beautiful coffee-table collectible magazine for the members of the Divers Alert Network.

Clients for assignment photography have included Scubapro, Victoria's Secret, Aqualung, Oceanic, Canon, Nikon, Subgear, Mercury Marine, Jantzen, Alcan Aluminum, R.J. Reynolds, Seaquest, Henderson Aquatics, American Express, Hanes, and Club Med. Rolex Watch Company has also engaged Frink for both personal endorsement and commercial product photography.

Stephen teaches Masters level courses of Stephen Frink School of Underwater Digital Imaging each summer in his home waters off Key Largo, Florida and offers dive excursions emphasizing underwater photography through his travel company, WaterHouse Tours. For many years Stephen served as the North American distributor for Seacam housings and strobes, and remains involved as a brand ambassador.

When off the road, Stephen divides his time between residences in Key Largo, Florida and Rougemont, North Carolina.

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Barbara Doernbach is in charge of reservations and tour logistics. She is an experienced dive traveler and has been on scores of photo assignments trips to Caribbean and exotic dive destinations with Stephen. She understands the specific questions dive travelers ask and appreciates the unique challenges faced underwater photographers. When a client wants to know what’s the visibility and water temperature, how’s the night diving, or if the Nitrox is pumped by a membrane system or via partial pressure blending, she speaks scuba and will know the right answer.