First things first I want to give a huge thank you to Jeffery Bazzel, and Audrey : for helping me and being my assistants for this photoshoot. You all are amazing and I appreciate your hard work so much! I also want to thank the girls for going along with this last minute shoot, during an already crazy weekend.
What was supposed to be a day of introductions and possible shoots, turned into a weekend of hanging out with some of the leading ladies of Cosplay.
Indiana Comic Con is a fairly decent size convention in Indianapolis, with plenty of merch booths and a great artist alley. This convention is also known for bring in larger named cosplayers. This year they brought in a new friend I made during C2E2 Lisa Lou Who, and I messaged her to start setting stuff up!
Lisa told me about the Ewok plan and I had to jump at the chance to photograph the group. It’s not every day these lovely ladies are together. So this was a perfect chance to not only make an awesome picture, but to make awesome memories. Lisa was kind enough to let me crash in her hotel room, thus making my single day plan into a whole weekend adventure!
During the convention I helped Lisa with her booth, and got to hang and take pictures of her and the fans. It reminded me of the art fairs I used to have tables at, so it was a fun time for me. While helping the booth I did strike up a photography conversation with Ryan when suddenly Jessica Nigri, with raptor claws up and everything came screeching towards us. Now if you’ve either met me in person or have known me for a while, I have a dinosaur living inside me. So Jessica is running towards us raptor screeching, and instinct kicked in and I screeched right back… She stopped and we just stared at each other for a second, internally I’m slowly realizing what I’ve done, and she says “Thank you.” I just started laughing and we talked for a couple of minutes and got back to work. It wasn’t until I sat down that I realized I just screeched back at Jessica Nigri, a cosplayer I’ve admired for a hot minute, and that was when my soul left my body. Haha, not really guys but later I was super embarrassed, but thought it was too funny not to share.
I met up with one of my really good friends Jeffery and his friend Audrey who agreed to help me with the Ewok shoot. Having friend photographers be your assistants is the best. It makes your shoots going so much faster and you can focus strictly on the model. We planned to shoot at a park that was right outside of the convention center and only a block away from the hotels. A perfect location for a quick photoshoot.
One thing I did learn shooting well known cosplayers, was they have there 'go to' pose. It's like shooting any other model that has been in the game for a long time and has their own habits. I like to break those habits. I don’t want my images to look like everyone else who’ve shot them. I direct my models, I have an image in my head already, and I want to make that happen. I could tell some of the girls were hesitant, but with a little bit a work we got some fantastic shots.
The whole weekend was a blast. I’m glad I had the opportunity to hang out with everyone during and after the convention. Everyone was really nice. I knew they had their guard up which I wouldn’t blame them. There are too many people that they must deal with trying to take advantage of their large following, it’s sad. It gave me a new perspective towards popular cosplayers. We’re all humans, it doesn’t matter if you have 4Mil likes or 10 likes on social media, we all bleed the same. I was truly humbled by the opportunities of this weekend, and I really hope I have the chance to work with them again.