I've been really busy with a lot of fun shoots the past couple months and I thought I'd pop in here and share a recent one from last weekend. I will probably be posting more here because the integrity of the photos is preserved, unlike on Facebook and Instagram (ugh!). I will probably post more peeks on my Cosplay Photography Facebook Page and Instagram, but definitely come here to see higher quality versions. And actually, I recently realized just how many people are still on Flickr! I think there are just few communities online where you can really showcase your photography without the site degrading the quality of your photos somehow. I was recently trying to check out a lens, and I realized that Flickr is still a GREAT place to see examples of photos from various lenses since they have groups that showcase every lens imaginable. Who says Flickr is dead, eh?
Anyway, here's a very talented cosplay group, Kokoro Yume Cosplay, that I stumbled onto via Facebook many months ago. I was wanting to build on my cosplay photography portfolio because I'm relatively new to it, but I've seen all of the creative possibilities that are possible with cosplayers! So, I started browsing cosplay groups on Facebook (do not underestimate the power of FB to network. Say what you will about it, and yeh I've complained in the past too, but it has been a valuable resource! See our Toto below? I put out a feeler for Toto-lookalike dogs on a FB page for people in my town, and BAM, we had a Toto THE DAY OF THE SHOOT. It was scary easy.)
Anyway, aren't these ladies amazing? They are from Knoxville, TN which made me so happy because it's only a few hours away from Atlanta! I really love that they put their own creative slant on favorites like this Lolita Oz cosplay. I LOVE the kawaii/fairy tale hybrid! (And how about their Ghibli inspired cosplay? PERFECTION.) I was SO happy that they made the drive from Knoxville so we could spend two days doing photo shoots! We did this one at the beyond-belief adorable and beautiful Serenbe. It was THE perfect location for an Oz shoot complete with (yes) a real yellow brick road and an animal farm with cute little farmhouses that looked just like Dorothy's home.
The yellow brick road was built for Serenbe Playhouse (yes, they did an Oz production!) The Animal Village (yes, that's what they call it!) was a dream! We were all completely distracted by the adorable animals that included pigs, chickens, llamas (!!!), goats, you name it. I wish I had the time to take more photos of the animals, but after shooting for almost three hours, by the time I was ready to get some shots of the animals, it started raining. I do hope to go back sometime soon and get those shots though.
The girls were fantastic to work with. Don't let these fun photos fool you - posing is exhausting work! We were all sweaty and exhausted by the end of it. And I apparently spent a lot of time on the ground. Needless to say, I was sore the next day. (Who needs exercise when you can just be a photographer? Much more fun than the gym.)
I also had some super sweet assistants with me, Leigh and Sahee who are cosplayers as well. Having people to assist and hold reflectors for me was SO AWESOME. I'm finicky about light and it's hard to do everything as one person.
We did another shoot the next day in Little 5 Points Atlanta. Maybe you can guess their cosplay hybrid from these behind the scenes photos?
I have SO many photos from both shoots. Be sure to follow that FB page to see peeks. These cosplay imaginary worlds lend themselves to so many creative possibilities when it comes to Photoshop. While I don't do much of the over-the-top photoshop work with my regular family shoots, cosplay gives me the opportunity to really have fun. I love the challenge of creating these whimsical worlds, while still keeping things relatively "natural" looking.
You can also follow my regular Photography Facebook page where I've posted lots of peeks from other recent sessions, as well as my Photography Instagram account. I have a new studio lighting set-up in my home and did a newborn shoot with that which was so fun! I also did a shoot with some 11 year olds at the beautiful Barnsley Gardens. I got to do some fun styling with that as well. You can see peeks from those sessions on my FB page.
And while you're at it, I also have my personal FB page! Find me and I'll find you! : )
P.S. I will be at MomoCon this year in Atlanta and I am booking shoots now! Contact me at thousandclowns(AT)gmail(DOT)com for pricing info. I'd love to work with you!