Bagus Land & Sea Production was originally founded by Michael and Jennie McLaughlin in 2010, under the name NeverDry Underwater Videography. After successfully running the business for a couple of years it was time to move on and Jennie and Michael sold the company to Alex Lindbloom and Maria Harder, they have changed the name to Bagus Land & Sea Productions.
Although new to Bocas del Toro and the company, both Alex and Maria are not new to the diving industry or underwater film and photography. Together they have a cumulative of 8 years and over three thousand dives working in diving, and hundreds of dives spent filming/photographing marine life and people. Before arriving in Panama, Alex had spent three months working and training with the underwater photographers, videographers and editors at Scubazoo Images.
Bagus is unique to the area as it is the only company who specialize in film and photography above and below the waves. Bagus offers a variety of services including custom DVD’s of your diving holiday, corporate promotional videos, underwater camera rentals, private photography and video courses, and a videographer internship with tons of diving and the chance to make cash as you travel!
PADI OWSI 2000+ Dives
Maria was born in Sweden but has spent her entire adult life living and working in Southeast Asia as a dive instructor. For the past six years Maria has been working as an instructor and a liveaboard manager in the Andaman Sea, Thailand, and around Malaysian Borneo. Ever since Maria found a working camera and housing buried in the sand while on a dive her photography skills have progressed rapidly over the years.
Maria is highly knowledgable of the fundamentals of photography and is quick to offer creative and unique perspectives for people seeking guidance with your under water photography and videos. Whether it be video, photography, a compact camera or a DSLR, Maria will be able to assist you in English (UK and Yank), Swedish, Norwegian, and Thai.
Co-Owner, Photographer, Videographer
Divemaster since 2009 with 1000+ Dives
Alex first found his passion in diving while on a trip around the world starting in Panama, with his first fun dives in Bocas waters. However, it was diving in Bali where he first realized he wanted to work below the waves.
Alex went to Thailand in 2009 and did his divemaster course where he worked hard and dived every chance he had, while also experimenting with photography and film. Alex started to make videos, of EVERYTHING. He filmed and edited anything that was going on, which didn’t just make him an experienced and creative videographer it also made him quite popular amongst the guest divers and also the staff. They all wanted a copy…
Little else said, Alex came back the following season after a six month season working in Indonesian waters with a position as a full-time cameraman on liveaboards cruising the Similan Islands. After many successful trips and many videos sold, Alex wanted more. He had heard about Scubazoo through a friend and had seen their work on many BBC documentaries and decided to apply for an internship, and got it! Scubazoo, who did the underwater scenes for BBC’s Planet Earth, Human Planet, and Life among many others, taught Alex the professional techniques for filming, photography, and how to edit both.
Somewhere along the line he met Maria and together they decided to take their shared interest and make something more out of it and above all share it with others.