Black Canary Photo Shoot

I had another wonderful opportunity to work with my friend Beth of Early Bird Photo (formerly BWPW Photography) in January. I told her I wanted to do a shoot featuring my Black Canary cosplay (based on the art of Ed Benes), which is not one I wear all that often. Beth found some awesome locations (very industrial looking but still colorful). One was a car mechanic shop that was being renovated and the other one was, I think, a former gas station or convenience store. Both had interesting colors or patterns painted on their walls, which created a lot of visual interest.

I can’t wait to work with Beth again. If you are ever in the Durham, NC area, I highly recommend booking a session with her.

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Photo Shoot

Mulan at MAGFest 2017

Last day of the con, last costume. I went with a casual option because, let’s face it, I’m usually exhausted by the Sunday of a convention when it’s three days long, much less four days. During the holiday sale season I found a dress at Hot Topic that was Mulan themed and less than $30. Score. All I had to do was accessorize. I made a necklace out of jade-colored Czech glass beads (and a pair of gold dangle earrings, though they are hidden by my wig in the photos) and a hair flower out of an organza flower base, some ribbon, and rhinestones. Topped it off with a Diana wig in black from Epic Cosplay.

Sunday, MAGFest 2017

Sunday, MAGFest 2017

Sunday, MAGFest 2017

Sunday, MAGFest 2017

Bombshells Batwoman at MAGFest 2017

I need to do a proper post recapping how I put this costume together, because I actually bothered to take pictures of some of the process. I was lucky and was able to snag one of the Batwoman dresses from Hot Topic before they sold out, but then I went on an odyssey searching for proper socks and how to make a con-safe bat. It turns out that if you look for black and red socks, nearly all of them are black with red stripes, not red with black stripes. Until you specifically search for soccer and rugby socks made in the UK. Go figure. I was fortunate to find a foam bat that I could draw on with Sharpie markers. Some cons let you take in wooden props, but some do not, so I wanted something that was even less likely to fail a weapons check. I also assembled the hat (sewing the ears and attaching a logo patch) and made the mask (using techniques I learned at Costume College last year).

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When a fountain interrupts your photo shoot…
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Princess Luna at MAGFest 2017

This year’s MAGFest took place right after I finished a large project at work, which for some reason meant that I decided to cosplay all four days of the convention. It was my way of letting loose, I guess!

To keep things manageable, a couple of my costumes were on the low key side, starting with this version I put together of Princess Luna from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
Thursday, MAGFest 2017

This costume was inspired by these galaxy tights I got from ModCloth. I was wearing them at PAX East last spring while also wearing some Yaya Han fox ears, and a lady asked me if I was dressed as Princess Luna. I said no, but I also said that it was a good thought. Fast forward to late last year, and on a whim I ordered a Hestia wig in the Blue Black Fusion colorway from Epic Cosplay and a dark blue alicorn ears/horn/wings bundle from Yaya Han. Then I found a beautiful Luna necklace from We’re All Mad Here. Throw in a simple t-shirt dress, and I was good to go.
Thursday, MAGFest 2017

Thursday, MAGFest 2017

Thursday, MAGFest 2017

Thursday, MAGFest 2017

I’m in the process of making a crown to go with this for the next time I wear it, but other than that, I’m very happy with the result!

MAGFest 2017 Cosplay

Here are photos of some of the many, many cosplayers we saw at MAGFest. I was really impressed by the great variety of fandoms represented. Characters from movies, comics, video games, cartoons…. Compared to the other gaming convention we go to (PAX East), the cosplay community at MAGFest appears to be larger and much more active. This may be because of the size of the greater DC market and the high number of cons that take place here.

We rented two prime lenses to try out that weekend, both Nikon f1.8’s, but one was a 20 mm and the other was a 24 mm. We liked them both, but in the end decided to purchase the 20 mm. It should be a nice addition to the line up.

BB-8
Thursday, MAGFest 2017

Thursday, MAGFest 2017

Imperial officer
Thursday, MAGFest 2017

Lara Croft
Thursday, MAGFest 2017

Newt Scamander
Thursday, MAGFest 2017

Nathan Drake
Thursday, MAGFest 2017

Link
Thursday, MAGFest 2017

Hawkeye
Thursday, MAGFest 2017

Gandalf
Friday, MAGFest 2017

The Purple Man and Psylocke
Friday, MAGFest 2017

Snorlax (Black Meadow Studio)
Friday, MAGFest 2017

Ganondorf (Mythril-Arts)
Friday, MAGFest 2017

The Smash Bros Photo Shoot
Friday, MAGFest 2017

Red Hood
Friday, MAGFest 2017

Loki
Friday, MAGFest 2017

Link
Friday, MAGFest 2017

I don’t really know what this is, but points for effort!
Friday, MAGFest 2017

Fix-It Felix (Fix-It Jim Cosplay)
MAGFest

Captain America
MAGFest

Rom as Vyse from Skies of Arcadia
MAGFest

Katie as Crash Bandicoot
MAGFest

MAGFest

Samus (Jazmine)
MAGFest

Dragon the Keyblade Maker as an original character Jedi
Sunday, MAGFest 2017

Sunday, MAGFest 2017

Cosplay Repairs
Sunday, MAGFest 2017

Sheik
Sunday, MAGFest 2017

Spider-Punk
Sunday, MAGFest 2017

Original character faun
Sunday, MAGFest 2017

Original character ram
Sunday, MAGFest 2017

Aku
Sunday, MAGFest 2017

McCree
Sunday, MAGFest 2017

Travis Touchdown
Sunday, MAGFest 2017

David as Duke Thomas
Sunday, MAGFest 2017

Judy Hopps
Sunday, MAGFest 2017

PAX East 2016 Cosplay

Here are the hall shots we took of cosplayers at PAX East. There were a ton of wonderful costumes. When PAX East first started, the number of people coming in cosplay was relatively small. It was great to see so many costumes in the seventh year of this con.

Tony Stark
PAX East

Navi and Link
PAX East

Mortal Kombat
PAX East

I think this is a kimono design of Sailor Moon
PAX East

Red Hood
PAX East

Male version of Metal Gear Solid’s Quiet
PAX East

Catwoman and League of Legends Poro Queen (Little Lulu Puff and AzzyLand)
PAX East

League of Legends PROJECT: Leona
PAX East

Thor (Bonnies Cosplay)
PAX East

Kylo Ren
PAX East

Jubilee
PAX East

Ash and Misty
PAX East

This may be a steampunk Harley Quinn
PAX East

League of Legends Star Guardian Lux
PAX East

League of Legends Order of the Lotus Irelia
PAX East

League of Legends Queen Ashe and Winter Wonder Lulu
PAX East

Sailor Chibi Moon
PAX East

League of Legends Poro Queen (Little Baby Chan)
PAX East

Spider-Gwen (Nearly Farley)
PAX East

The Flash
PAX East

Jon Snow
PAX East

Portal
PAX East

Link
PAX East

Harley Quinn
PAX East

Winter Soldier/Bucky and Captain America
PAX East

Lara Croft
PAX East

Batman
PAX East

George R.R. Martin
PAX East

Kylo Ren
PAX East

League of Legends Anivia (CFStudios)
PAX East