Rust Manor Photo Shoot (Part 1)

In September, Mike and I were able to participate in another awesome D.C. Cosplay Photo Shoots meetup. This one was at Rust Manor House in Leesburg, Virginia, and the theme was either historical or fantasy. Rust Manor is an early 20th century house located in the middle of Rust Sanctuary. It has a variety of beautiful rooms indoors, plus a pretty garden surrounding it.

Mike attended as a photographer, while I went as a cosplayer. The weather was a bit hot and very humid that day, so both Mike and I tried to cycle between being inside in the air conditioning and outside. (As a happy side effect, this led to a nice variety of pictures in different settings, both for Mike photographing other cosplayers and for me working with other photographers.) The venue was kind enough to provide chilled bottled water for us, which was much appreciated!

This post is about the photos that Mike took of others (and that I edited). I’ll follow up with another post on photos of me.

Mike started by working with Amelia of Rey Dot Ham Cosplay in her Shae costume from Game of Thrones. There was this area behind the manor house with a stone wall that had a nice woodsy ruins look.
Rust Manor

I was adjusting to editing on a new laptop, which required getting used to how things look on a different monitor. Working through that with the exposure and color in these shots was a bit of a challenge, but I’m happy with how they turned out.
Rust Manor

Rust Manor

Rust Manor

Rust Manor

Plus a fun one with Kayla as Joffrey
Rust Manor

Next Mike shot with a Fire Emblem group, featuring AVY Cosplay, Stephen, and Lyliah Cosplay. I like how the highlights really pop in these photos.
Rust Manor

Rust Manor

Rust Manor

Rust Manor

Mike also briefly worked with Carolyn. This was Carolyn’s first D.C. Cosplay Photo Shoots meetup, and I’m so glad that she came! I’ve been trying to encourage my historical costumer friends to join.
Rust Manor

Rust Manor

Rust Manor

Rust Manor

Then Mike got some fun photos with Impressionistic Cosplay as Bilbo and Gandalf. In this first shot, Mike created the illusion of a greater height difference using forced perspective.
Rust Manor

Rust Manor

Rust Manor

Rust Manor

Rust Manor

Rust Manor

Finally, Mike got a quick photo of Liz from Goodbye Midnight Cosplay in her Emma Frost/Egyptian goddess mashup costume. The wind was blowing just right!
Rust Manor

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