So, my last journal was yet another Ask a Question/Receive a Feature! I really enjoy these, and seven people took the time to ask me some really great questions! I'll be linking to them, putting up their questions, my answers, and some featured work!!!
Without further ado:
1. Rurounichan asks "What's your dream photoshoot?"
Answer: Oooof, that is a tough question. I have so many ideas that I want to do, I can narrow it down to a top three? I hope that's okay! 1. A back alley shoot with a Jill Valentine cosplayer (Resident Evil 3), and some zombie extras! Blood everywhere! Epic shots! Survival horror! 2. I would really like to shoot a plugsuit Asuka in a pool that I could dye red. Or maybe find some way to dye part of a river or lake with something that's environmentally safe. 3. I really really really really want to do a Cloud/Aerith shoot in a church!
2. Shu-Maat asks "Oooh, very interesting! Tricky question: did it ever happen that someone asked you for a photo at a con, but their costume hadn't any appeal for you? How do you react to those situations?"
Answer: The good questions keep coming! I suppose I've been incredibly lucky in that I've always organized private shoots, so I've never had that happen to me. However, I certainly don't mind taking shots of costumes that I don't have any particular interest in, especially if someone takes the time to seek out my photography at a convention. I guess the closest I've come to that situation is when people ask me to shoot costumes and I just don't have time :/ When that is the case, I'm upfront with the fact that my schedule is just too full to accommodate their request. Hope this answers the question!!!
3. PaXingCai asks "What do you like the most about dating a cosplayer and has that given you new inspiration?"
Answer: What I like most is that we're both insanely creative people, and we're both very passionate about a LOT of the same topics, be it movies, anime, comics, games, other nerd stuff. The amount of collaboration that we're able to do, the feedback we can so easily bounce to one another is unlike anything I've had in a relationship prior. It has definitely given me a ton to think on, and it's breathed a lot of new life into my work
4. StarDustShadow asks "What's your favourite shoot you've ever done?"
Answer: Hahahaha, crap. I have nooooo way of being able to pick this. I've done a TON of shoots that I'm really proud of, especially recently. I think the flipside is that as I continue to grow, I look back way too critically on past work as well. I can give you this much. Starting at Katsucon 2014, running through now, I'm probably MOST proud of that run of work that I've done.
5. Greyroamer asks "What was your favorite shoot and your most challenging shoot?"
Answer: Welp, I'm going to point to the above question for the first part of yours, sorry to cop out like that! I just really don't have one shoot that I favor over any others. In terms of my most challenging, in recent memory, it would be the Asuka shoot I did with youraveragenerd in Baltimore in March of 2014. While I've shot at EVERY spot that the BCC has to offer, we purposely went looking around other areas in the Inner Harbor that were less frequented. It resulted in a lot of being chased off properties, or asking permissions of security guards, and running around. Plus, a TON of strange looks (which frankly don't bother me XD) as we were doing so not during Otakon. But, in the end, it was absolutely worth it. Asuka (2) [March 2014]
6. LuckyGrimCosplay asks " What is your favorite piece of camera equipment to use and why??"
Answer: Without a doubt, it is my 80mm-140mm lens. It has a produced a LOT of my better work over the past two years, and it's just so easy for me to work with. A lot of my older lenses weren't so great, this was the first one I bothered to invest a little in (and I got it for a steal when I bought my new camera body!)
7. koki-babii asks "What is it about photography and cosplay that brought you where you are today?"
Answer: That is definitely one heck of a question XD Cosplay photography has brought me SO much over the years. Honestly, not all of it good. There has been plenty of drama, missteps, broken friendships (or rather, finding out who my friends actually are), and all of the usual dramallama business that one can expect.
That being said, I've met some of my best friends through these intertwined hobbies. I've seen and done some things that just left me grinning like an idiot because they were so awesome. I've made connections I never dreamed of having before I started. It's driven me to heights that I didn't think I'd ever achieve in terms of learning my craft and the post processing behind it. And what's crazy is that I have so much further to go to catch up to the photographers I idolize. I've come a looooong way, but I'm nowhere near where I want to be, if that makes sense? But cosplay photography also drives me to not only better myself, but I want to ensure that the models that I work with have the best photos that I can give them. I want to try as hard as I can to make sure that all the time and effort they put into their costumes shows up through my lens.
I've learned that there is always something new to learn, always a new goal to strive towards, and that there is always someone out there who can teach you something you didn't know before.
Alrighty, folks! So there you have it! Please check out all of these amazing people who asked me questions!!! Be on the lookout for the next one of these journals if you liked it and wanted to participate!!!
...see you space cowboys...