Grit Photo Shoot (Part 2)

I was excited to get the opportunity to work with a number of different photographers at the March D.C. Cosplay Photo Shoots meet up. I debuted a new cosplay, “Knightmare” Catwoman, based on the “Rules of Engagement” arc in the Batman comics, written by Tom King, with art by Joelle Jones. The design is similar to that seen in the Batman nightmare sequence in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but interpreted for Catwoman. (Given that the movie was only so-so, I was excited that Tom King decided to bring that costume design into the comics universe, both for Batman and Catwoman. It takes an interesting costume and puts it in a better story.) It was the perfect cosplay for a shoot at the Graffiti Warehouse, and it used a lot of things I already had in the closet. (Yes, I have now gotten to the point where I have done so many Catwoman cosplays that I can throw a new one together using a lot of things I already have!)

On to the photos. I’ll start with the ones that Mike took of me (and I edited), followed by ones taken by other photographers.

Mike and I started by working in the ground floor room of the warehouse, which has lots of cool graffiti, but is also pretty dark. We had to be creative to get decent lighting. Mike had me get up on a metal countertop facing the center of the room. He said he wanted to try a “draw me like one of your French girls” pose. I was skeptical it would work. Hence this face.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

But I have to say, it did work!
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

Next we went upstairs where there was more natural light. I’ve been practicing some facial expressions that don’t involve a close-mouthed smile. I want to try to vary my expression in photos some more.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

Checking my nails. It was my first time wearing nail polish in over a decade, since college!
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

We finished up with a few photos outside, along the graffiti-covered walls in the alley next to the warehouse. It was cold for no sleeves, though!
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

The next few photos are by Dan Arango Photography. He’s one of my favorite photographers to work with.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

With these two photos, Dan was doing a Rembrandt-like lighting effect. I really love the results!
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

These two photos are by Orlando Velez. For this one, he was holding my whip to get a neat action-like effect.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

I really like the lighting and color of these two shots by Greyloch Photography.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

Here are two photos by Jay’s Fine Art Photography. Not only are they both cool photos individually, I enjoy the contrast between them.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

I love the unique perspective and strong colors of these two photos by Eye.181 Photography. Ray was using a really short focal length, giving an ultra-wide angle to these shots.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

The next two are by Jon Rochetti. He did a great job with the lighting.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

The colors really pop in this photo by Michael Clifford.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

A nice portrait by Billy Whitfield
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

Last but certainly not least, here is a shot by Van Ngo. If Catwoman had a punk rock band, this would be the perfect album cover!
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

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

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