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.
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.
Here are two pictures by Mina Habibi. I really like the de-saturated, atmospheric look that she got.
These two shots are by Lea Sanders. The composition of the first photo in particular is so striking.
This photo is by Dancing Squirrel Photography. I really like the color profile she chose.
There are some interesting light and shadow angles in this photo by Memories 4 You Photography.
This picture by Donald B. Holmes has an interesting photo-journalistic quality.
I really like the light and composition of this shot by Van Ngo.
Thank you to all of the photographers that I worked with!