Yup, I’m still here. And still very behind in posting recaps from costume events. When last I posted, I shared photos we took at the DC Cosplay Photo Shoots‘s January general theme meetup. Now, here are the photos that others took of my cosplay. The location was the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
I wore my “Kiss the Girl” Ariel costume, which has some nice color to it. Makes for some fun photos!
I love the ethereal mood of these photos by Dan Arango Photography.
Dan often brings a tribble plushie to shoots, and Hipster Ariel had to get in on the fun!
This photo by Billy Whitfield makes it look like I’m standing in a garden, not just inside a museum.
I especially like what Camera 58 did with these shots in the atrium fountain. He asked if I was okay with getting my feet wet, and I said I was game!
I like the asymmetrical framing of these two pictures by Corrinne.
These photos by Daniel Kelly have a cool, dark/moody look to them.
A tale of two photos: one all proper-like, and one of me goofing around. I love the color and contrast that Inverted Chameleon got.
A classic head shot by Pruitt Allen
Last, but definitely not least, these awesomely lit photos by Munchkin Photos
A big thank you to all of the photographers I worked with!
Mike and I attended another meetup at the National Portrait Gallery with DC Cosplay Photo Shoots back in late January. (I know, I’m still really behind on event recaps.) This was a “general” shoot, meaning there was no set cosplay theme. The variety of fandoms represented was impressive! Below are photos that Mike shot, and then we tag-team edited.
I wore my “Kiss the Girl” Ariel cosplay, which I have only worn once before (PAX East 2016). And this time I brought Flounder!
Mike commented on this one: “Next time we have to make sure Flounder is looking at the camera!”
That floor is cold, BTW.
First time we met local cosplayer Metro Rey!
I’m imagining her in an Old Republic temple here.
Mike was excited to see folks cosplaying from The Wicked + The Divine. Here are Lyn Cosplay as Lucifer and Alyce as Amaterasu.
And last but not least, here is Goodbye Midnight Cosplay as Black Widow. She had some great dynamic poses.
The group photo
Ernie of The Fan’s P.O.V. hamming it up
Thanks to all of the cosplayers who worked with us! You are all super talented!
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.
I’m still behind on costume event recaps, but I just finished processing photos from this year’s Francaise Dinner, and I didn’t want to wait to post. This year Jess and Isabella organized, and they chose a new location in Annapolis, O’Brien’s Steakhouse. It was nice to have a change of pace and to get to eat crab cakes. Thank you for organizing, ladies!
I debuted a new dress, which I had been working on for over a year, since before last year’s Francaise Dinner (which is when I was originally planning to wear it…but I obviously didn’t finish it in time). I wanted to emulate the dresses seen in some 1780s paintings, where the bodices are fitted tightly with long sleeves. I opted for a round gown style, because these paintings often don’t show a petticoat opening in the center front. I was very pleased with how the dress came out.
First, the group photo. Unfortunately the indoor photos are a bit yellow because the light fixtures in the dining room had red shades and very warm-colored bulbs. Thank goodness we shot in raw format.
I made the glass cross I wore on my choker necklace by combining several vintage German cabochons using epoxy clay.
Here is my sales table setup for my Etsy shop.
Chelsea in her lovely new Francaise
Doug and Mike
Rebecca and Kristin
Jess and Kat (and her amazing pink wig!)
Kat, Maggie, and Judy
Kristin won a beautiful tiara in the raffle!
Mike won a great informal cap made by Fashions Revisited.
And Judy won a gift certificate from American Duchess!
All of my photos are here.
This event snuck up on me. I bought tickets months earlier when I was in the middle of a frenzy of busyness at work, and then the ball took place a week after that project ended when I was still recovering. I nearly forgot I had this on my calendar! This meant that I had nothing new to wear, but I was fine with re-wearing one of my favorites anyway. As usual, the Riversdale House Museum put on a lovely evening, with dancing and a dinner made using historical recipes. The house was beautifully decorated for the holidays, too!
The free waltz, with our dancing master Jim Wass in the foreground, wearing the striped waistcoat
After dinner, each guest was given a playing card. Then two cards were randomly pulled from other decks to choose the king and queen of the ball. Doug was picked!
Mike in festive red
Jess in her striking orange sari gown
Maggie wore a beautiful light green dress.
This collage is courtesy of Maggie. We were lined up for a group photo, and Mike said, “Gloria, try to look less dead inside.” This was the result!
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.
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).
When a fountain interrupts your photo shoot…
On to photos of my cosplay from Friday at MAGFest. I debuted a new Judy Hopps costume, which turned out nicely. Plus, I got to meet up with my friend Marcus, Dragon the Keyblade Maker, who was cosplaying as Nick Wilde. Mike took some great photos of the two of us. It was cool to have a cosplay team up.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The Purple Man and Psylocke
Snorlax (Black Meadow Studio)
The Smash Bros Photo Shoot
I don’t really know what this is, but points for effort!
Fix-It Felix (Fix-It Jim Cosplay)
Rom as Vyse from Skies of Arcadia
Katie as Crash Bandicoot
Dragon the Keyblade Maker as an original character Jedi
Original character faun
Original character ram
David as Duke Thomas