We did six shoots over the three days of MAGFest that we attended. Each one was a little different, which presented some interesting challenges and learning experiences.
On Thursday we shot with Sara in her Mario Kart Princess Peach costume.
We started out with a setup using a pink background light, projected onto a cream wall next to some escalators. (I posted a photo of the tiny space we were working in two posts back.)
Then we did some photos in front of the stone wall on the lower level, which is typically very popular with photographers. It being a Thursday, it was less busy, and we had enough room to work with a light stand and me holding a large reflector.
We finished up with a few minutes outside, taking advantage of the decent weather. I really like the cloud reflections Mike got here.
On Friday we shot with Lexi in her Victorian Slytherin costume.
We again started with some photos using a colored background light. We went with green, because Slytherin.
We did these shots on the other side of the escalators from where we had done the shoot with Sara. There was a fire extinguisher cabinet on the wall, but we were able to angle Lexi so it was hidden behind her.
I assisted by holding a reflector, while the main light was a speedlight on a stand, modified by a softbox.
After that we went down to the lower atrium level and did some photos in front of the brick walls that are on one side.
We finished with a shot near the cafe. The wall behind Lexi was yellow, and, frankly, I was having trouble with the color balance during editing, so I switched to black and white. It worked for her costume.
We also did a short shoot on Friday with Replicant Cosplay as Poe Dameron.
We did these in front of the same brick wall we used during our shoot with Lexi.
On Saturday morning we started out with a shoot with Jennifer and Nick, who were cosplaying characters from Untitled Goose Game.
At first we tried to get the previous photo by placing the stuffed animal goose in a bush.
But we could not get the goose to sit high enough. So I was drafted to hold it, but I had to keep my head down in order to stay out of the shot.
I also held the goose for these next two shots.
Later on Sunday we snagged Mythril Arts for a shoot in her Dot Matrix cosplay from ReBoot.
We did these photos on a hotel balcony that had neutral colored stone walls.
We had fun experimenting with a bright pink background light!
Our final shoot was again with Lexi, this time cosplaying as Ursula from The Little Mermaid.
We did these in the same place as our previous shoot.
We finished up with a couple photos using a colored background light.
Thank you to all the wonderful cosplayers we shot with!