Regality Through the Ages Photo Shoot (Part 2)

I had the pleasure of working with a number of photographers at the January D.C. Cosplay Photo Shoots meetup. Several of them were folks I had never met before, and it was great to get to know some new-to-me local photogs. (Mike and I hadn’t been able to make a shoot for about a year, due to a variety of scheduling issues. But we’ve been to two shoots so far in 2018, which is a pattern I hope to keep up with!)

The Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery was a lovely location for a shoot, but, because it was January, we had the challenge of harsh winter sun outside. I was interested to see what each photographer was able to do with it. The solution that Mike and I came up with was to shoot with the sun almost behind me, coming across my left shoulder. This gave a pretty halo effect, but I had to be careful about which way I turned my head and body to avoid dappling. I like the results!

I wore an older costume, which was actually only my second 18th century ensemble. I made the jacket back in 2012 for the first Francaise Dinner, and I had not worn it for several years. The jacket is hand sewn from ice blue silk taffeta purchased from Renaissance Fabrics. I only needed two yards. (My blog posts on the construction are here.) I accessorized with a cap from Fashions Revisited, a walking stick from Colonial Williamsburg, a velveteen muff, and jewelry that I made (similar pieces are available in my Etsy shop). My shoes are by American Duchess.

I’ll start with the photos that Mike took and I edited. Again, we were working with some harsh directional light, but I think we made the best of it.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

We took this photo around the back of the winery building, where it was shady.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

The next two photos are by Dan Arango Photography. There was a pretty tiled fountain in the entrance of the winery, and Dan used it to great effect.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

Here are two pictures by Mina Habibi. I really like the de-saturated, atmospheric look that she got.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

These two shots are by Lea Sanders. The composition of the first photo in particular is so striking.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

This photo is by Dancing Squirrel Photography. I really like the color profile she chose.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

There are some interesting light and shadow angles in this photo by Memories 4 You Photography.
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A nice seated shot by Picturesque Photography
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

This picture by Donald B. Holmes has an interesting photo-journalistic quality.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

A pretty half-length portrait by Michael Clifford.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

I really like the light and composition of this shot by Van Ngo.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

A nice two-shot of me and Houkakyou by EPierce Photography.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

Thank you to all of the photographers that I worked with!

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2 thoughts on “Regality Through the Ages Photo Shoot (Part 2)

  1. Incredibly elegant. I especially love your petticoat with the subtle stripes! What a neat thing to get to be shot by so many photographers…each one captured something so different.

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