I love shooting cosplay. It’s where I got my start in photography but it’s also good to do other things. I’ve shot a lot of my Geek friends in costume as well as in street clothes but I never got around to doing it with Batmanda until now. We picked a grungy almost goth theme, she brought a couple different outfits and we just played around with it. The big thing that I wanted to do was brush up on my directing a posing skills. Batmanda is easier than most to direct and pose simply because we’ve worked together so much already and in terms of personality we are relatively on the same page in terms of sense of humor and attitudes. That kind of connection makes for some amazing images.
Photography is sometimes a very misunderstood medium and the laymen of the world would regard it as a very easy craft. Normally that kind of attitude would set me off. But this shoot that I did with Ave Kateri Machina did make it feel super easy. Every now and again you work with a new talent that is so good at what they do it just make everything so simple. Except editing, because I had a hard time narrowing down this take when I got into lightroom.
In the words of a great american poet “today was a good day.” At least that’s how yesterday felt. Afternoon class was canceled, I huge load of pressure was taken off of me and I got an impromptu opportunity to shoot with Delina Ellise. It’s hard not to be pleased with how yesterday turned out. Recently Delina had a recent change to her hair style that has resulted in her being able to change her look at a moments notice. It also gave me a chance to play with things in my studio space such as the giant window that acts as a big soft light source which is amazing things for portraits.It’s also just really fun to have a shoot where you and the model are just messing around and hoping that it works out as opposed to trying really hard to make the images come out a certain way. Shoots always turn out best when they are fun and don’t feel like work.
Commercial fashion photography requires a great amount of collaboration. Designers, makeup/hair artists, models, and Photographers are all bringing there own creative vision to the table and being able to make sure all of those things match up on every level. Some times this is incredibly easy other times it can be a like pulling teeth. But over all it can be an incredibly rewarding experience. These shots that I did for Fatally Feminine Designs were the algamation of Joy (Model) Aubrey Roybal (Designer) Emilie Norris (Make Up) and myself and over all you can’t help but appreciate the results.