Friday, February 26, 2016

Death Parade March Photoshoot

Death Parade March Cosplay shoot at Katsucon 2016
Helpers: Sakuran
This was a interesting shoot, I personally have not seen Death Parade March and all I got the synopsis of the show was that, we needed a bar setting and I rolled with it QVQ likewise with editing, I looked up images of the show to try and capture the same atmosphere that you get from the show.
I'm glad we shot this late Thursday night right before the big con rush on Friday and so on, it would have proved  to be impossible to even try and shoot there it that was the case! I shot this right after the Euphemia shoot I did after just landing at National Harbor earlier that evening.
I had quite fun editing this set too and I appreciate that the cosplayers even bought drinks to use as props for the set lol. Yum.

Diablo Cosplay Photoshoot | Katsucon 2016

Crusader Diablo Cosplay by Bamzy Cosplay
I'm quite thankful that Katsucon weekend allowed me an opportunity to work with such a diverse group of individuals, styles and different series too! I think every cos photographer has a bucket list of things they'd want to shoot and Diablo is definitely one of them for me! I'm glad I got to shoot the Crusader class versus the typical more overly cosplayed Demon Hunter. Its just a nice diversity since I dont see this class done often enough.
Though I am very very open to shooting with a Monk and Witch Doctor especially too! (or with anyone in general! LOL)
Bamzy Cosplay was a dream to work with, this was my first time shooting with her but homegirl worked it. She was confident and comfortable with her posing and had vibrant energy. It definitely helped shed away my nervousness at shooting at the con >w<!!! Thank you for being patient and so awesome! This is one of the 3 sets I shot with her this weekend.
I wanted to highlight the details she put into her costume, one of the biggest thing I want to learn and improve on is painting props and armor. From getting the right highlights and shadowing on the costume and armor really really makes a huge difference and I definitely wanted it to show through on her photoset. I also went with this a strong contrast and sharp colors to help bring the Diablo mood to life. Or atleast how I would have translated Diablo in my head...


Life is Strange cospaly photoshoot at Katsucon
Shot with Serindano Cosplay
Admittedly, I have not played the game Life is Strange but I have seen images of the game floating around the internet, I was tempted to get it a couple times via stream or other means but I haven't quite had the time to do so.

The concept and imagery of the game was totally up my ally so shooting this would have been a no-brainer for me. But honestly, it was a bit of a challenge. I was a little concerned on how I'm going to shoot such a grunge style photoset in the lovely National Harbor Resort area!?!?
My go to settings when it comes to shooting something dark and grunge style is to always all ways  abuse parking structures. Hotels usually have big under ground or multi level parking garage which provides the ambient lighting I need to create the mood I wanted.
I tried to really hone in on the dark atmosphere of the game and on Chloe's character. I wanted to go with a really mood lighting and story boarding style and I'm really happy with how this set turned out. I hope everyone enjoys it too.
Thank you to Serindano for shooting with me, we shot this in an open parking garage where it was super cold, it was probably around 40F so it was no joke. It was also a nice treassure find when I stumbled upon this construction site. Its a dream come true to shoot in a decrepit area like this and we weren't bothered. I doubt anyone else during that weekend used the same parking spot. I ended up coming back to this same area for several of my shoots ahaha...yesss <3 p="">


In before I am seriously flooded with backlogging. I know I'm still backlogged from the summer shoot from last year that I haven't updated them on this blog yet! WHAT EVEN!??!? I know, I'm really bad at it...

Its kinda hilarious that I'm posting this post up before I post my New Year photo sets lol (since I have yet to really finish the entire set. Whoops) But I stopped over at Anime Los Angeles (ALA) for a day and did a quick set for Prototype-Cosplay and Helios Cosplay (both are on facebook!)

They had booked me for a Vassalord (BL) shoot and this is what we came up with! I've shot BL before but havent done so in a hotel room exclusively. Thankfully the set came out ok and the clients were pretty happy with the result. I didn't have any BTS to share since this was a rather quick photoshoot. Thankfully enough the hotel provided adequate lighting and with some editing on LR neutralized all the yellow lighting.

I always love working with Zai, I shot with em' before at AX for a different set and this is my second time working with em. Hopefully we will have more shoots in the future!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016