For the 2018 installment of the Pumpkin Tea, Stephanie added a fun twist, which was to make the event Austenland themed. The movie Austenland takes place in a present-day vacation resort that is supposed to mimic the regency era. But of course, a lot of modern, kitschy touches are included in the styling. Stephanie and her co-hosts Kat and Judy really ran with the theme in the decor and food, while many attendees wore over-the-top accessorized regency costumes. It was a fun event!
On to the photos!
There are always a bunch of awesome cosplayers at Baltimore Comic-Con each year, and 2018 was no exception. Seeing all of the many different characters and fandoms represented was so cool. I am already pumped for the 2019 installment!
Here is a selection of just some of the many great cosplays we saw over the weekend.
Sunday of Baltimore Comic-Con was one of the rare times that Mike and I cosplayed together. Mike debuted his Knightmare Batman costume, based on the Rules of Engagement arc in the Batman comics, issues 33-35, written by Tom King and penciled by Joelle Jones. We made this cosplay to match my Knightmare Catwoman costume that I already had. Most of it was done using purchased materials, although we did make the chest armor. The cowl is by Ryan Eaton Creations.
Here are a couple photos I took of Mike.
My purple Balent-style Catwoman costume is one of my favorite comic book cosplays, so I knew I had to wear it to Baltimore Comic-Con. Unsurprisingly, it was a big hit! As an added bonus, the weather was nice enough for us to do photos outside, which led to some cool shots, including at sunset. I had the opportunity to work with two great photographers in addition to Mike: Notsoprophoto Photography and S1 Price Lightworks.
Here is a selection of photos I did with Mike. (I did the editing.) These first several were shot in the middle of the day.
Back to event recaps! In late September, Mike and I went to one of our favorite cons, Baltimore Comic-Con. It takes place at the Baltimore Convention Center in the Inner Harbor area, which is an easy half-hour drive from our house. It’s a busy con, but not overwhelming (it takes up a lot of the convention center, but not all of it), and we have managed to meet a bunch of our favorite comics creators there. We had to miss it in 2017 due to an out-of-town wedding, so we were excited to go back. This post is about the con itself; I will post more about the weekend’s cosplay later.
Since this is a comics-centric convention, I decided to go with all Catwoman cosplays for the three days. I wore my purple Jim Balent-style Catwoman on Friday, DC Bombshells Catwoman on Saturday, and Knightmare Catwoman (with Mike debuting his matching Knightmare Batman) on Sunday.
I recently finished editing photos from our first con of 2019, MAGFest. (I will post more on those soon, but I am behind on event recaps, so I need to catch up first.) The weather this year at MAGFest was a little warmer than normal (the con takes place the first week of January, typically), which meant we could do some photos outdoors around National Harbor. But it was pretty windy at times, which made for some interesting logistical challenges in getting the best shots. I was able to come up with a couple solutions after the fact through editing, and I thought I would share the results.
Here is the finished final photo. I wanted a vintage-styled picture of me contemplating the water and looking slightly windswept. Accent on the slightly windswept.
However, the strong breezes down by the water had other ideas. Most of the shots we got looked like this one, with way more billowing fabric and blowing hair than I wanted.
As I wrote in my last post, Mike and I attended a D.C. Cosplay Photo Shoots meetup at Rust Manor House last September. I was fortunate to work with a number of excellent photographers as a cosplayer. This post shares the photos of me that resulted.
I wore my dark blue regency ballgown, accessorized with a bunch of bling-y jewelry. I made my necklace and bracelets, while I purchased the tiara from Amazon. (I have the same style of necklace for sale in my Etsy shop.)
Here is the group photo by Jay’s Fine Art Photography.
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.
In September, we celebrated Stephanie’s birthday with a tea at Green Spring Gardens. The park has a house dating to 1784 that is an event and exhibit space today. At Stephanie’s request, everyone wore late 18th century chemise gowns or variations of chemise gowns. We had a lot of beautiful floof!
Carolyn, Sabrina, and Kat seated at the tea
In my last post, I described the photo shoot that Mike and I hosted at the National Portrait Gallery back in August. In this post, I am sharing the photos of me that resulted. I wore my 1740s Belle costume, because I had relatively few photos of it.
I very much enjoyed working with all three photographers that participated. In addition to Mike, we had Dan of Dan Arango Photography and Justin of Rich and Strange Photography. They all produced beautiful images.
I started working with Mike to help him warm up before the others arrived for the shoot proper. Because the museum had just opened, the Luce Foundation Center was almost empty, allowing us to get some nice shots with nearly the whole room to work with.