Here are some of the photos that Mike took at the November DC Cosplay Photo Shoots meetup at the National Portrait Gallery. He and I collaborated on the editing, and I am quite happy with how they turned out.

I’ll start with the photos we did of me. I wore my Victorian Catwoman costume. We made particularly good use of the Luce Foundation Center for American Art, which is a beautiful space to work in.
DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

Here is JMS Cosplay as Jacob Frye of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. I love the pops of color in his costume.
DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

Marco as a most excellent Loki. Mike took these in the atrium area of the museum, which afforded great light.
DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

Ruth of Sew What: Costumes and Cosplays as a perfect Belle. I love how it looks as if she is wandering through the Beast’s grand castle in some of these.
DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

Mike broke out some color editing for these two, to highlight the vibrant color’s of Ruth’s dress and of her rose.
DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

At one point a young girl wandered into the photoshoot and plopped down on the floor to talk to Belle.
DC Cosplay Photoshoots

Given timing that day, Mike was only able to take a couple photos of Life of Cosplay in her very cool Carmen Sandiego costume. Below is the best photo we got, with two color edit versions. I really like both.
DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

Purple Nerd Creations makes a badass Tonks.
DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

And the final photo, a candid with Nerenight-Maritime Cosplay as Eliza Hamilton. I love the trim she did on her gown.
DC Cosplay Photoshoots

There is a really cool Meetup/Facebook group called DC Cosplay Photo Shoots, which meets periodically (usually at least once a month, sometimes more) at DC-area locations to bring together cosplayers and photographers. I have been following the group for quite a while, but with work being busy I had not been able to attend an event. Mike and I finally made it to the November meetup, which took place at the National Portrait Gallery. I went as a cosplayer, and Mike went as a photographer. It was great to meet a lot of locals who were interested in costuming, photography, and pop culture. The museum was a wonderful backdrop for photos, with a lot of varied options to suit different people’s costumes.

Later Mike and I collaborated on editing the photos he took, which was a lot of fun. We each used some techniques we don’t normally do. And I have gotten back a bunch of beautiful pictures from the other photographers I worked with. I’ll start by posting photos from during the group gathering portion of the meetup, and follow up later with the photos Mike and I worked on and with the photos that others took.

You can see there were a lot of cosplayers!
DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

After the group photo, we did our version of the Mannequin Challenge, which Mike took some photos of. The guy in the Yankees cap you can see walking through is the videographer, Ernie of The Fan’s P.O.V.
DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

I posed with Life of Cosplay, who makes an excellent Carmen Sandiego. She had a large faux jewel, and we pretended that we were after the same score.
DC Cosplay Photoshoots

And here is the resulting video!

This photo, courtesy of Rudy Conrad, shows all the photographers taking the group picture. You can see Mike among the crowd.
General Shoot

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I realized yesterday that my first blog post (which was later ported over to WordPress from a different blogging platform that is now defunct) was on Wednesday November 8th, 2006. This means I’m ten years in to the costuming hobby. Wow, where did the time go? Back then I was a PhD candidate living in a basement. My sewing machine was on my dining room table, and I had two plastic tubs of fabric. Now I have a full time job, own my own home, and have a dedicated sewing room filled to the brim with fabric, trims, and who knows what else.

Can I just say how wonderful it has been to be part of a hobby that is so personally and intellectually rewarding? I’ve met so many wonderful people through costuming, got to experience some really unique things, and it constantly fills me with joy to be able to learn about history and make something new at the same time.

I will leave you with a bad photo of my first, badly sewn, dress. The one that started it all.

First Dress 2006

Yesterday was Stephanie’s 10th Annual Pumpkin Tea. That’s right, 10th! I have been going to the Pumpkin Tea since 2010, so I have been to 7 of 10 of these wonderful events. Stephanie has always done a great job as hostess, and I love having the opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones every year.

I will start with the group photo, to introduce everyone. In the back row, left to right: Amanda, Carrie, Alice, Linda, Isabella, Ashley, and Stephanie. In the front row, left to right: Ali, Kristin, Jess, Carolyn, Kat, Jessica, Maggie, Judy, Vanessa, and me.
Pumpkin Tea

Sometimes we get fierce.
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I love, love Judy’s spencer, and how she styled her ensemble with her hair and bicorn hat. She is wearing a cameo festoon necklace and a pair of Czech glass girandole earrings from my Etsy shop.
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Maggie in her beautiful cross-barred gown
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I really like the van dyke trim on her dress, plus her pretty American Duchess boots. (I have a pair of my own, because who wouldn’t want them?!)
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Amanda did a perfect recreation of a 1790s hat.
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Maggie couldn’t keep it together when we tried to take photos while reading scandalous novels.
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There was a lot of laughter everywhere.
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The well-appointed table
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Vanessa and her mother
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I love the contrasts of red and blue.
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Pumpkin Tea

Preparing for a shoe shot around the fire pit
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Group Regency Wedgie Shot
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Lots of pretty spencers
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I need to make a vest like Carolyn’s. She patterned it from an original that is currently part of the “An Agreeable Tyrant” fashion exhibit at the DAR Museum. She posted details on her ensemble here.
Pumpkin Tea

Pumpkin Tea

You may be wondering what is going on in this photo.
Pumpkin Tea

This may explain it.
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Pumpkin Tea

I wore an outfit consisting of a number of pieces I had not worn in several years. I made this dress nearly 10 years ago, which seemed appropriate for the 10th Pumpkin Tea.
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Pumpkin Tea

Pumpkin Tea

Pumpkin Tea

Pumpkin Tea

The fall colors of Stephanie’s outfit were very festive.
Pumpkin Tea

Who doesn’t like the graceful sweep of a train? (Unless one is dancing!)
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The red accessories Alice chose to go with her block print are very striking.
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Pumpkin Tea

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Pumpkin Tea

Me and Maggie enjoying the warm fall day (photo courtesy of Maggie)
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Scandalous!
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Planting the Fabulosity Club Flag
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Fabric swap time
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The free-for-all round
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Lighting candles for the evening
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Another wonderful year! The food was very yummy and the company was fabulous. All of my photos are here.

Hello costuming internet! How I have missed you. I’m still busy at work, but it is now down from its peak. Which means it’s time to catch up on costume event photos while I can.

First up is the “Mini Costume Gala” hosted by Carolyn, who is a recent transplant to Washington, DC by way of Ontario, Canada. Carolyn had the great idea to host a party to give local folks the chance to show off any costume of their choosing, similar to the Costume College Gala. The gathering was at the lovely 1910s townhouse that Carolyn is staying in while living in DC.

I decided to wear my Victorian Catwoman costume, since I have not brought it out in a few years. It felt appropriate for a party that was taking place just a couple weeks before Halloween.

Mini Gala

Mike wore late Victorian.
Mini Gala

Our hostess, center, with Maggie and Kat
Mini Gala

Jess in 1920s and Kat in 1830s. Kat is wearing a two-strand pearl necklace she commissioned from my Etsy shop, which I based off of pieces in 1800-1830s portraits.
Mini Gala

Mini Gala

Glynnis wore an amazing robe de style
Mini Gala

Tarisa explains the rules to a period parlor game.
Mini Gala

Carolyn, Taylor, and Jenny-Rose
Mini Gala

Maggie did an amazing job on her jacket, which she sewed from only 1 meter of fabric.
Mini Gala

Mini Gala

Mini Gala

Admiring the work on Carolyn’s gown
Mini Gala

I adore how Kat did her hair.
Mini Gala

Glynnis and Sahrye
Mini Gala

Mini Gala

This is what happens when you try to relax in a barrel chair while wearing stays!
Mini Gala

Mini Gala

I love Jenny-Rose’s lace wrap.
Mini Gala

Glynnis won the tiara (aka a picture of a crown drawn on a card)!
Mini Gala

We video-chatted with some folks who could not make it in person.
Mini Gala

Some architectural details of the beautiful 1910s house
Mini Gala

Mini Gala

Mini Gala

Thank you for a wonderful party, Carolyn! All of my photos are here

Mike and I went to this year’s Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Jane Austen Ball in early August. As usual, it was a fun night of dancing. The only issue was it was a really hot day, temperature wise. The museum has air conditioning, but it was not quite up to temps that high (upper 90s), what with the humidity and the crowd. But nevertheless, everyone had a great time. We just had to take way more water breaks.

We were working with a new lens setup on the Nikon D5300 (a 35mm f1.8), and we are fine tuning it for low light events like this. So I have fewer photos than normal, although we still got some decent ones.

Glynnis, Maggie, me, and Jess
Jane Austen Ball

Doug with the twilight light outside the window
Jane Austen Ball

Maggie in her lovely sari gown
Jane Austen Ball

Jane Austen Ball

I decided to go with a bunch of bling. Necklace by me, earrings from Dames a la Mode, and of course, a tiara.
Jane Austen Ball

Maggie and me
Jane Austen Ball

Jess in her new gown with a neat sleeve treatment
Jane Austen Ball

I love the flashes of gold in this photo. Maggie has a fan she commissioned from my Etsy shop, and I really like the black and gold combination.
Jane Austen Ball

Jane Austen Ball

Jane Austen Ball

Jane Austen Ball

Jane Austen Ball

Jane Austen Ball

Jane Austen Ball

A little bit of twitter and Pok√©mon Go…
Jane Austen Ball

I’m sure Maggie is telling an amazing story in this one.
Jane Austen Ball

Jane Austen Ball

Ruth mid-dance
Jane Austen Ball

All of my photos are here.

After a year off, Mike and I went back to Baltimore Comic-Con last Sunday. I love this con as a change of pace from the others we usually go to (like PAX East or Awesome Con), because it is so comics centric. It’s the best place to find that issue you’re missing from a certain run or a trade that you’ve been searching for. There were not any panels we wanted to see on Sunday, but that did not matter, because it took us hours to make it through the vendor area and artists’ alley. And we found some pretty cool stuff!

I debuted my Black Canary cosplay based on art by Ed Benes. I had been working on it in fits and starts for over a year, so it was gratifying to finally finish it. Mike re-wore his Hipster Mr. Marvel cosplay, which was a big hit, predictably, at a comics-focused convention.

My hope is to get a post written up on how I put this together, including sources. It was pretty simple, actually, because I found the perfect leotard from a dance wear supplier. But it wouldn’t be a superhero cosplay (at least for me) without me having to sew my own custom gloves by hand!
Baltimore Comic-Con

Baltimore Comic-Con

Baltimore Comic-Con

Baltimore Comic-Con

Baltimore Comic-Con

Baltimore Comic-Con

Baltimore Comic-Con

Baltimore Comic-Con

Baltimore Comic-Con

Baltimore Comic-Con

Mike loves taking photos with other Ms. Marvel cosplayers!
Baltimore Comic-Con

With Nastassia as Black Cat!
Baltimore Comic-Con

Some intense on-location work going on in a Spider-Man photoshoot
Baltimore Comic-Con

An adorable Ash and Misty pair
Baltimore Comic-Con

Katie Coe as Charizard. She made her wings out of EVA foam.
Baltimore Comic-Con

Two Black Canaries are better than one!
Baltimore Comic-Con

David as Duke Thomas and Apotheosize Cosplay as Damian Wayne
Baltimore Comic-Con

This Zatanna had a cool prop that looked like birds flying out of her top hat.
Baltimore Comic-Con

Link and Zelda (plus an ocarina!)
Baltimore Comic-Con

Logan as Red Hood
Baltimore Comic-Con

A very cool Katana by Lady O Cosplay
Baltimore Comic-Con

Another great Ms. Marvel cosplayer!
Baltimore Comic-Con

More Black Canary!
Baltimore Comic-Con

I love this picture with Sarah of Life of Cosplay. She was trying to do a “badass Black Canary pose,” while I was trying to channel “sweet Cinderella.”
Baltimore Comic-Con

The Hawkguy
Baltimore Comic-Con

Our haul. We got one of our favorite issues of Hitman signed by the artist, John McCrea. He was really friendly when we talked to him. The Star Wars dog prints are by Naomi Romero. They were so cute, I just had to have them. Not pictured is a copy of the Alias hardcover omnibus, which we bought for a friend’s birthday gift. Those are hard to find, so it was really exciting that we were able to buy one.
Baltimore Comic-Con

All of my photos are here.

First off, here is my full photo album with all of my pictures, including a few I just uploaded off of my phone tonight.

As you can imagine, everyone was pretty beat by Sunday. I’m getting tired just thinking about it, more than a month later. However, it was a good tired. Having spent lots of time learning new things, meeting new people, and hanging out with old friends tired. Thankfully I did not have any long classes on Sunday. I attended a couple short lectures only. Also in the spirit of taking it easy, I re-wore a cotton print anglaise that is an old favorite. At the end of the day a number of us gathered for a mini-bridal shower for Vanessa, which was a nice way to wrap up the trip. Afterwards Bunny showed us this sushi place around the corner that was super yummy.

Then the next morning it was time to fly home! And by the next morning, I mean getting up at 4:30 AM. But the ride to the airport and the flight went off without event, and all of my luggage and many purchases made it home safely. I was sad to leave such a wonderful convention and say goodbye to everyone, but let’s face it, I also needed sleep.

On to the photos:

Morning class with Lauren of American Duchess
Costume College

Isn’t Lauren’s 1740s costume super cute?!
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Stephanie in lovely bright yellow regency
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My re-wear, but with my new American Duchess Kensington shoes
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I made my necklace based on this painting by John Hesselius
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Impressive work by Samantha in the costume exhibit
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And continued
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I love Katherine‘s Votes for Women costume.
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Very cool showgirl Wonder Woman costume by Butterfly Frillies
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Vanessa and Twila make a super sweet pair.
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Rebecca in her very pretty hoop era ensemble. Love her bonnet!
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I was very happy to be able to see Katherine‘s beaded regency in person!
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Seriously, though.
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Taylor had an amazing hat. Amazing!
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And check out her antique quizzing glass!
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Vivian looks so dramatic!
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Cynthia as if she stepped out of a Pre-Raphaelite painting
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Lauren of American Duchess discussing the costumes of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
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My face after ten hours of travel. Two different TSA personnel at LAX commented on my shirt. One thought it was Nightwing, the other thought it was Batman Beyond. Both close, but not quite. It’s Jason Todd, the Red Hood.
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My suitcase unpacking explosion
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The yummy fabric I brought home! The green wool and red/black stripe are kindly gifted from Loren.
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All my purchases, except for…
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…this awesome Mela Hoyt-Heydon bonnet!
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And that’s the end of my Costume College wrap-up!

Guess who managed to run through a bunch more picture editing?! Which means that I have photos from the Saturday night Gala at Costume College!

The theme was “A Midsummer’s Night Fantasy.” I did not have anything that particularly fit with that theme, so I just choose a formal dress that took up very little suitcase space. Enter my regency “court-esque” ensemble that I have not had the chance to wear since Dress U in 2013. It folds into a small area and is easy to iron, thus perfect for a convention requiring a cross-country flight.

I’m going to stop blabbing and just present the photos. Be prepared for a lot of bling and fabulousness!

Stephanie debuted her embroidered regency court gown in striking ivory and crimson.
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I love the shape of her train.
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I tried to accessorize with lots of gold. Gold tiara, gold fan, gold necklace, etc.
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Loren in an amazing gold and red francaise
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What a great version of The King and I!
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I love her ruffs and the hem trim treatment.
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The centerpiece at our table
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The lovely Angela!
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Jen really rocked the Van Dyke trim
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Twila in very sweet plaid
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Lauren and Seamingly Vintage look ready for dancing!
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Merja‘s gala dress came out amazing!
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A pretty pair in shades of green, Katherine and Twila
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Vivian in her amazing rendition of Lady Tremaine (from Cinderella)
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The dance demonstration
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Taylor in a unique and beautiful color combination
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Close up of Taylor’s hair, you can never have too many feathers!
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Samantha looked so regal.
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I’m sure folks have already seen photos of Cynthia‘s Worth gown. But OMG.
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Taylor and Lauren
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Bethany in gorgeous teal
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Aubry and Llyra Lee in matching blue and white
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I love the deep green of Katherine‘s dress combined with the sparkly trim.
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Let’s just stare at this some more.
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