First of all, I want to say HELLO! to all of my new watchers! I've gotten a decent amount in the past couple of weeks, and I just wanted to say thanks for your support!
I apologize for how late this journal is! I got really sick after Christmas, and then my computer died right before New Year's Eve. It's been a fun two weeks! (not).
So first of all, just because I've had a lot of interest in the subject/questions asked: Yes, I will be at Katsucon 2013! Sadly, I'm full up on photoshoot slots. For those wondering, I didn't put out anything saying that I was, it just kind of happened! Caught me off guard, but still very cool. However, I know a lot of you are probably still looking to book photographers, and I'm sure that those of you who are
photogs are probably looking to set up shoots. SO!!! If you're a photographer and are still looking to set up photoshoots at Katsucon 2013, please leave a comment here on this journal.
In my next journal (which WILL be up in about three-four days) , I will throw your names/sites to get in touch with you at for setting up said shoots! (That is if anyone responds!) As well as posting my own Katsucon schedule!
Anywho, before I posted my year in review journal, I had asked for questions as people had previously indicated wanting more question answering/how-to journals. The awesome ~TifaIA
had a plethora of them, and no one else responded with anything! So, I will be answering her questions! First Question: How do you go about selecting locations for photo shoots?Answer:
I usually will scout an area like a mad man before hand. Recently, a lot of the shoots I've done have been in places I'm already comfortable in/know well, so I don't have to worry as much about scouting it. Anytime I go to a convention, I try and get there a day early, or wake up early and scout the hotel/convention center/city/etc etc. I'm pretty good about setting up a photoshoot schedule ahead of time, so I know what kinds of locations I need well beforehand. From there, it's a matter of deciding what will be best for the times I'm shooting at and going from there! For non-convention shoots, I'll either try to make multiple visits to the site ahead of time, orrrrr I'll do as much research as I can online!Second Question: Do you research the source material the model is portraying or allow them to describe the character/scenery for you at the shoot?Answer:
Both. I absolutely do research ahead of time, especially if I'm not familiar with the series. I want to know poses, character disposition/mentality, what kinds of props I can either supplement in or perhaps expect to see, backgrounds/locations I'd want to shoot the cosplay in, etc etc. But, I also love hearing a cosplayer's interpretation of the character, as well as wanting to know what they had in mind when it comes to bringing that character to life in photos!
also asked me about lighting, but I want devote a whole journal to my approach to the different aspects she asked about, so that will come later! In the meantime, Happy New Year everyone! I look forward to seeing the responses to this journal! (Hopefully there are some this time!
...see you space cowboys...