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

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).

MAGFest

MAGFest

MAGFest

MAGFest

MAGFest

MAGFest

When a fountain interrupts your photo shoot…
MAGFest

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

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots (Our Photos)

Here are some of the photos that Mike took at the November DC Cosplay Photo Shoots meetup at the National Portrait Gallery. He and I collaborated on the editing, and I am quite happy with how they turned out.

I’ll start with the photos we did of me. I wore my Victorian Catwoman costume. We made particularly good use of the Luce Foundation Center for American Art, which is a beautiful space to work in.
DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

Here is JMS Cosplay as Jacob Frye of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. I love the pops of color in his costume.
DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

Marco as a most excellent Loki. Mike took these in the atrium area of the museum, which afforded great light.
DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

Ruth of Sew What: Costumes and Cosplays as a perfect Belle. I love how it looks as if she is wandering through the Beast’s grand castle in some of these.
DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

Mike broke out some color editing for these two, to highlight the vibrant color’s of Ruth’s dress and of her rose.
DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

At one point a young girl wandered into the photoshoot and plopped down on the floor to talk to Belle.
DC Cosplay Photoshoots

Given timing that day, Mike was only able to take a couple photos of Life of Cosplay in her very cool Carmen Sandiego costume. Below is the best photo we got, with two color edit versions. I really like both.
DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

Purple Nerd Creations makes a badass Tonks.
DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

And the final photo, a candid with Nerenight-Maritime Cosplay as Eliza Hamilton. I love the trim she did on her gown.
DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots (Group Photos)

There is a really cool Meetup/Facebook group called DC Cosplay Photo Shoots, which meets periodically (usually at least once a month, sometimes more) at DC-area locations to bring together cosplayers and photographers. I have been following the group for quite a while, but with work being busy I had not been able to attend an event. Mike and I finally made it to the November meetup, which took place at the National Portrait Gallery. I went as a cosplayer, and Mike went as a photographer. It was great to meet a lot of locals who were interested in costuming, photography, and pop culture. The museum was a wonderful backdrop for photos, with a lot of varied options to suit different people’s costumes.

Later Mike and I collaborated on editing the photos he took, which was a lot of fun. We each used some techniques we don’t normally do. And I have gotten back a bunch of beautiful pictures from the other photographers I worked with. I’ll start by posting photos from during the group gathering portion of the meetup, and follow up later with the photos Mike and I worked on and with the photos that others took.

You can see there were a lot of cosplayers!
DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

After the group photo, we did our version of the Mannequin Challenge, which Mike took some photos of. The guy in the Yankees cap you can see walking through is the videographer, Ernie of The Fan’s P.O.V.
DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

DC Cosplay Photoshoots

I posed with Life of Cosplay, who makes an excellent Carmen Sandiego. She had a large faux jewel, and we pretended that we were after the same score.
DC Cosplay Photoshoots

And here is the resulting video!

This photo, courtesy of Rudy Conrad, shows all the photographers taking the group picture. You can see Mike among the crowd.
General Shoot

Cosplay Photo Shoot!

Yesterday Mike and I did a photo shoot with Beth of BWPW Photography. Beth is awesome. She did a great job scouting multiple locations beforehand and researching poses that appear in the original source comics. Not to mention the photos she took. It will be a little while before she finishes post processing on them, but I could already tell from the previews yesterday that the shots are beautiful. If you are ever in the Raleigh-Durham, NC area, I highly recommend booking a session with Beth.

These are some snaps from my phone, showing Beth and her helper Darrin at work.
Photo shoot with BWPW Photography

Photo shoot with BWPW Photography

Photo shoot with BWPW Photography