Blue Valley Vineyard Shoot (Part 1)

Mike and I were excited to be able to attend the January D.C. Cosplay Photo Shoots meetup at Blue Valley Vineyard. It is a pretty winery in northern Virginia with a number of different places inside and outside to shoot.

It was a blustery, cold winter day, so Mike opted to stay inside and shoot with a speedlight. I went as a cosplayer. I will share his photos of other cosplayers in this post, and follow up with pictures of me in the next post. There were a lot of photographers relative to cosplayers that day, so Mike only ended up working with four people, including me.

Here is a group shot by Tony Kazmierski.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

The first person Mike worked with was Sierra in her Flapper Jasmine costume. She had some lovely details on her cosplay that worked well with grey and blue tones.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

Then Mike shot with Sara in her 18th Century Merida costume. Mike was going for a dark background look, which I played up in the editing.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

And last but not least, Mike worked with Lena, as Sister Imperator from the band Ghost. Lena suggested using a red background light, and I really like the result!
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

Also at the meetup, we picked up a copy of the 2020 D.C. Cosplay calendar, which features a photo that Mike took and I edited of Impressionistic Cosplay as Bilbo and Gandalf on the cover!
Calendar selfie!

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