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anonymous asked:

how do you decide what to do with your face in pictures? there are a lot of tutorials on posing but they mostly just talk about the body and i feel like my face looks boring or weird in most pictures

AS ALWAYS this stuff takes practice. You get more comfortable the more you do it, but there are tips and shortcuts to help you achieve something more in your control then just smiling and hoping you look right. 

My favorite tips are the, “MMMM”  “me” “haha” and “you” tricks! And what they are, are words to say to yourself during your pose to help train your face into specific structures. 


For smiling for example, specifically with your mouth closed, practice saying “MMM” when you pose! It creates a really natural curve to your mouth, without making your cheeks ache and contract when you force yourself into a fake smile. I know this all sounds stupid, but seriously try it. Try it in some selfies, practice agnling your head. Say it out loud if you need to!

Here’s me saying “MMMM” to make a closed lipped smile! 

For an open mouthed, natural, teeth smile, say “Me” when you pose!! You can either say “Me” as you smile for a prounouced smile, or simply say it as the shutter goes off to catch a more candid looking, happy state of your face. 

These are all “me” poses, where im literally saying the word under my breath to train my face. 

Saying “You” so youself as you exhale through your lips, creates a very neutral, easy, UN TENSE, looking face. Its my go to for everything. YOU poses are awesome for static poses, where you just need your face to look normal, natural, and pretty. Lol. It’s great cause if you dont do this and keep your mouth closed, you often look boring or too stiff. Sayng “you” activates your muscles and livens your face enough that you dont look dead or lifeless. 

These are all You poses. I’m literally saying that word a I pose. And some of these I say YOU while putting a little smile in there by thinking happy thoughts.

I don’t use “HAHA” as much, but it really is just like you might think. Saying HAHA out loud as you pose creates that easy going, natural look of laughing. 

As you might tell, Posing is a lot about ACTING as well as knowing your body. 

SO GET LOOSE. In between photos im CONSTANTLY moving around. And after a few shots im cosntantly stretching my mouth wide, making fish faces, puffing my cheeks, RELAXING my muscles so they don’t do that horrendous School Day smile that we all dread. 

And again PRACTICE. Get in front of that mirror and try out a bunch of stuff. Try DIFFERENT WORDS to see what saying them dos to your expression. Try angles and poses at home, so when the camers in front of you, your ready. 

Then youll be able to do more complicated stuff too. 

anonymous asked:

OK this may sound odd but what fabric shops would you recommend in the LA area. I know you no longer live here but any advice helps, since joanns does have its limits in fabric options and in your experience is it any cheaper than Joanns or am I paying just as much?

The garmet district is what you want to do. 

Shopping in LA Fabric District

What you want to do is – HIT UP MICHAEL LEVINES FIRST BUT DONT BUY ANYTHING. Maybe pick up your pattern. Check out how much fabric you need according to the pattern, etc etc. Search the store for the fabric you need, even if you see a perfect match, leave it, don’t buy it. Trust meeeee. You’re basically making this your garaunteed last resort. I know it already seems a great deal compared to Joanns’ money grubbing prices, but trust me.

Head out to the streets and start walking up and down 9th. From Maple to San Pedro. CHECK EVERYWHERE. North shops usually have the best SPANDEX and stretch fabrics, lace and sequins. SOUTH shops usually have upholestry, leather and vinyl (there’s exceptions but this is what I noticed.) 

I garauntee you any stock of fabric at Levines is avaliable in all the surrounding stores and they will sell it way short for a bargain! 

PROTIP: Never say yes first. If you ask one of the workers in the off stores “How much is this a yard?” and they say “12,” even if thats an amazing price, still just nod and say “Thanks” and start walking away like you dont want it. They WILL ALWAYS go lower. They’ll start telling you “11! 10– 8 for you!” Especially if they know you want 2-3 yrds or more.  But don’t get intimidated either, they’ll try to corner you into saying yes. Just wave them off, tell them “Ill take a picture and come back? I just wanna compare.”  Seriously, even if you see the perfect one at one of these places for the best price, just wait until you hit all the stores. You have no idea how many times i bought something and regretted it 5 minutes later when I saw an even better version. 

Second Protip: When they ask you how many yard you want, always say 2-3. Even if you need seven. Because they’ll give it to you for cheaper if you only want that much. Then when you say, okay, ill buy it for 4 bucks a yard, as he’s measuring it out, then say “ACTUALLY can I get 5?” 

Here’s some of my favorites:

L.A. Alex has the CHEAPEST notions. Zippers, elastic, velcros, thread, muslin, etc. They are AWESOME for all extra stuff you need. Way cheap. 

JOURNAL has some of the most interesting fabric on the block, unique textiles like dancewear or lace, usually exclusive to them. This is where I found that rare ass pre-pleated suede fabric for Kylo Ren’s sleeves and the awesome shimmer-non-sparkle spandex for Miraculous Ladybug. 

.99 Fabric a yard. Literally as it says. 99cents a yard biittcchhh. I ALWAYS hit this place up because you always need cheap ass broadcloth, poplin, CHIFFON or Taffeta. He’s got it all man. Its awesome for basic shit. 

City Fabric has the best FUR and FLEECE selection you’ve ever seen. 

Mora Tex is a favorite of mine. The guy here loves cosplayers and the fabric I get here is always rich and stunning looking. I bought my Astrologian Velvet, Dishonored purple and grey suede. Kylo’s outer tunic, Rey’s tunic and shoe wool, Lavellan’s trespasser tunic, and so much NICE suiting. Basically any heavier, richer type fabrics you can probably find here. 

Trim 2000 Plus is the place I found my Inquistor buttons. This place is like a gold mine for buttons. They have the most interesting shit for super cheap. I spent like 5 bucks on both Emily and Corvos diamond cufflinks and royal button getup here.

Jerry’s all Trims. My favorite trim store!!!  He has everything! Belts too! Great for any trims, tassles, or piping you made need. AND HE LETS YOU BUY THE WHOLE ROLL OR BY YARD. I bought all the leather cord here for our Solas necklaces. And every gold piece of my Astrologian cosplay.

SOME TECHNICAL ISSUES:

-Parking in LA FABRIC district is hell on earth. The spots up by Jerry’s All trims is my secret spot, those are usually free (2 hr maximum). You can check side spots too, like between maple and san pedro, but don’t feel bad about pulling into a parking structure and paying the 7 bucks. Its not so bad. 

-Stores close around 6:00 on weekdays and saturdays. 

-WHILE PARKING IS FREE ON SUNDAY. A lot of these shops aren’t open. LA Alex and the the button store are closed for example. Button store is also closed mondays for some reason? AND EVERYTHING CLOSES BY 4 ON SUNDAY. 

-AWAYS bring cash. Lots of stores don’t take card. Or they will charge you extra for using it. There are ATMs inside some stores. But the service fee is like 3-5 bucks. YUCK. 

-Theres a random costume shop on 9th street that sells gloves. SKIP THIS. I know your tempted to buy everything at once, but this guy is way overpriced. Order your gloves on ebay for $1, trust me. 

-Best time to go is in the morning on a weekday, if you can manage it. Saturdays are hecka busy but that sometimes it a great thing cause the shops are ready to bargain.

-North of San pedro is NOT A GOOD AREA. Don’t park there. And if you’re leaving to go to Little Tokyo afterwards, turn around, take another street. 

anonymous asked:

Hi Sheila! I saw on instagram that you were doing Mercy's book, and I was wondering if you were using craft foam! I'll be cosplaying for the first time at the end of the month, and since I am doing Daraen from fire emblem, I wanted to create a book too, but I have no idea what I have to do!^^"

AYYYYYYY 

YES. Literally all of this is craft foam glued to an empty box. I used a box because an actual book would be too heavy and the book needs to hang from my waist. All I did was pick a box from the pantry that was the height x width x depth that I wanted for my book. 

Then I traced the box sides and cut in lines in foam to make fake looking pages and glued them on. Then I traced the entire length of the book to make it a jacket cover and glued it on. Then the details and strap! The spine is a thicker EVA foam I dremel sanded the sides down so they were rounded. The clasp is a button, and the silver plaque on the spine is a googly eye. 

anonymous asked:

hey! I'm working on a cosplay for Veronica from fire emblem heroes, and I have no idea how to attach the halo/crown thing to myself. do you have any tips or suggestions? thank you!!!!!

You’re gonna wanna devote your wig to that headress, and maybe even build them permentaly together, with a process akin to this:

Or…

The wig will make it more stable though. 

Here’s a little write up I found. 

wormspoor  asked:

what should I do when I feel discouraged over other people's amazing work and/or popularity?

Everyone says don’t compare yourself to others, their costumes or popularity, but no matter how much you try, this is hard to avoid. 

So, if and when you compare, COMPARE EVERYTHING. 

They may have made a perfect cosplay, with the best filigree and armor you have ever seen. But what helped that? Maybe they have an inudstrial sewing machine with 8 yrs of classes under their belt. Maybe they have direct access to their own 3D printer, bandsaw, and fiberglass. 

Maybe they’ve worked in a costume shop, maybe the came out of cosmetology school. 

Maybe they have more money then you do to spend their budget on more expensive, durable materials. 

Or maybe they just have more TIME then you do. Maybe they can devote more effort into cosplaying or social media marketing, whereas you work or have school or have other hobbies.

Talent is just an alogorithm of tons of things. Experience, resources, time, money– it’s all a factor. 

If you had all the same things, chances are you’d develop the same thing. The reason why you arent making or producing the same things they do, is that you don’t have the sam situation they do. 

So keep working on it. Use them as examples of goals, not as proof to stop.

Look them, compare, and then fill in the gaps to reach their level. “Oh she has this tool,” *buy that tool*

anonymous asked:

What are some of your favorite cheap/drugstore makeup for cosplay(foundation, contouring, eyeliner, etc.)?

Oh boy lets see! These are my favs, and I use them on the daily too!

Foundation:
Rimmel Stay Matte. It’s really opaque, which I love for cosplay, because it gies my complexion a good blank canvas to work on and contour. This goes for their powder too!

Brows:
Pixi Palatte. I bought this palette cause it has a variation of shades. For dark and blonder hairs. Great for cosplaying mutiples colors.

But if I need to change my brows for a odd hair color, blue, orange, green, I use prismacolors.

Contouring:
NYX Palatte. I use a contouring palette actually. It’s got more variations of shades for more complex looks. Rather than having one shade darker of bronzer.

As a highlighter I use either cheapy wite eyeshadow, or my highlight stick.

Eyeshadow:
BH colors. I bought this cheap ass feild of colors, cause you never know what you need for cosplay. But I always buy BLACK and WHITE in larger, singular pots. The .99$ wet n wild ones.

Eyeliner:
Fabuliner. I favor FELT Tip eyeliners. But they dry out fast, no matter how fancy. So I always buy a bulk of 4-5 cheap ass ones. They’re all the same honestly, just nice to have a ton on hand. They dont last long so its a waste to buy some 24 dollar one.

Lipstick:
Covergirl is my favorite cause they have every fucking shade under the sun. I really love the Katy Perry matte ones! The color is nice and vibrant without being too sticky or cheap. And If its too much, I lay it one and dab some off.

Mascara:
L’Oreal Manga. I BOUGHT THIS AS A FUCKING JOKE 4 YEARS AGO CAUSE ITS LITTERALLY ANIME MASCARA. BUT ITS AMAZING 20/10 THIS SHIT GETS YOUR LASHES SO THICK AND HIGH AND I LOVE IT

anonymous asked:

omg yes! please write that ameridan fic!

I’m so happy to see other people on the Ameridan train. 

BECAUSE LET ME TELL YOU – can you BELIEVE there is no Lavellan x Ameridan fics out there!??! Its insane. I can’t believe people got to that part of the dlc and didn’t wonder “WHAT IF HE LIVED THOUGH?” LIKE

-What if Ameridan joined your team of Advisors??? Like he was a Knight and soldier to Emperor Drakon in Orlais. AND A DRAGONHUNTER? Like– he was practically a General, the FIRST SEEKER, A MAGE who can use TIME magic, the leader of all the Dalish elves, and the LAST inquistor??? 

-OKAY BUT Ameridan experiencing the world as it is now?? Coming across clans??? GOING TO THE WINTER PALACE. AN Orlesian travesty built on the bodies of his family. Of his people. His home, Halamshiral, is GONE. 

-Just come on. Ameridan taking Celene by the ear and saying “Listen missy, your great gerat great great gerat great Grandfather would be fucking PISSED you BRAT”

-Disputing the table quest about his Lineage himself!? Literally visiting his blood clan and the human claiming to be his relative and being like “UM NO BITCHES, IM AN ELF.”

-Discovering Ameridan owns a giant estate in Val Royouex thats still technically his cause it was a gift from Drakon. He donates it to city elves. 

-Him discussing time magic with Dorian, Seekers with Cassandra, and dragons with Bull. Meanwhile talking with Ellana about the elves now and how he can help them. 

-AND IF HE DOES COURT INQUIZZY LAVELLAN, hes like SUPER OLDSCHOOL. He like “Courts her” in a Dalish/Orlesian way. He writes a letter to her clan of his intentions, whittles her a charm, and sends lilies to lie on her doorstep that signify a marriage proposal. AND ELLANA IS LIKE “WTF I found this hankerchief in my armor??” and josephine is like “SOMEONE JUST DECLARED THEIR LIFE TO YOU VIA THE BOOKS I READ AS A GIRL.”

-He’s fluent in Orlesian and Elvish

-maybe he actually even believes the Herald the chosen of andraste. He is ANDRASTIAN too after all, and prays for the Makers blessing. He would be the BEST mediatter for a Dalish Inquizzy and the Chantry. THE PHILOSPHICAL QUESTIONS I HAVE FOR THIS MAN 

–MORE AMERIDAN. Hes so fucking interesting why did no one write about him!?!?! 

anonymous asked:

Hey, I'm new to cosplay and I have a fabric I'm planning to use, but idk how much fabric is too much. Like how do I measure per yard to the amount I'll need? Do I need to factor in my weight & height too? I'm also planning to use velveteen and was wondering what mock up fabric to use that's close enough to it. Thanks for taking the time to help out! 😃

MY FAVORITE TIP! 

1. Find a pattern at the store that is similar to what you are making. You don’t hvae to buy it! JUST FIND IT 

2. Flip the pattern package over!

3. See under your measurements, what the SUGGESTED AMOUNT OF YARDAGE needed for the pattern! 


4. TA DA! You now know how much to get! 

*protip, they also tell you according to weather the fabric you find is on a 46″ roll, or a 60″ roll!

*protip protip, they also tell you what fabrics are best for that type of pattern! 

HOPE THAT HELPS! 

anonymous asked:

Hello! I am wondering - how does someone who has bought cosplays for two years now start to make their own? I started when I was 16 but I didn't have the materials or knowledge to make my own, but now I'd really like to start learning how

YES!

START WITH REGULAR CLOTHES!!

Head over to the thrift store anon, any Goodwill will do. Start making your cosplays by buying pre-existing clothes and altering then with scissors and hot glue. YES HOT GLUE YOU HEARD ME.

One of the best ways to learn and understand how clothes work is TAKING THEM APART. No literally. It teaches you the general shape sleeves need to be when you replace a jackets sleeves with another. Or how different shapes of collars create different styles. You’ll learn what happens when you cut that collar into something else.

And you’ll learn about hemming and tailoring naturally. Just by turning something inside out and safety pinning it in certain places so its smaller but doesnt wrinkle, or how some fabric wrinkles bad and others dont. NO SEWING REQUIRED.

I STILL do this. Not only because sometimes its easier than sewing from scratch but also because its cheaper. SO MUCH CHEAPER.

And please dont feel daunted. Its possible. For the first 2-3 years of my cosplay life I had no idea how to sew. Here are some things I made WITH JUST HOT GLUE AND NO SEWING. ALL THRIFT STORE CLOTHES BABY.


After awhile you’ll start thinking to yourself, “Well, I know how to alter one shirt onto another, I think I can tackle makeing it from a pattern if I just had a machine.” 

The sewing machine aspect will come naturally. It will. Eventually you’ll realize its not a skill you need to learn, but another TOOL you would like to have in your arsenal. 

But take it slow. Take a class if you can. Joanns usually have some for 40 dollars for 2-3 hours and thats an okay deal. Or look locally. You really just need someone to point out the mechanics of the machine and show you how to run it, nothing more then that. 

anonymous asked:

How do you even become cosplay guests with no skill?

LOL I can’t tell if this is sarcasm or honest seriousness but, here’s what I got! 

First and foremost, being a convention guest is not just an honor and a priviledge, it is a job. 

A job that has responsibilities and expectations, and should be treated as such. When Sylar and I go to a convention as a guest, we are 100% working. 

We have a work resume for conventions, a contract, a portfolio of programming, and more. Because that what you are really, programming. Even if all they want you to do is sit at a table and sign things, thats still programming. Its your job to   represent the convention, and give con goers more content for the tickets they bought. You owe it to them to make sure your 100% postive, there, working, and providing something they can’t get anywhere else. 

And all con guests are asked to attend for different reasons. Some cosplay guests are asked to come because they are widely known for their technical skill and they will provide programming related to that. Or they simply have a huge fanbase, and are keeping their fanbase happy at your location, therefore spreading that market around. 

Sylar and I work hard on our panels. We’re also trained speakers. Both he and I have taken classes, in college, about public speaking. We implement that and our presentation experience into all our panels. As well as our meet and greets at the table, interviews for the con’s media (there is a ton of backstage media going on that most con goers don’t know about. A lot of con time for guests is spent locked up in some empty room giving an interview,) and any floor time we have. 

We also have 7 yrs experience working conventions. We have run cafes, hosted events, planned gatherings, organized raffles, done mutiple panels and workshops. We’ve also worked as Guest Liasions ourselves, written out program guides, sat at registration tables, and MCed masquerades as well as judged them. All things that involve systems, filling out paperwork, knowing how to handle negative situations, and doing menial tasks. Heck, we’ve even done set-up and break down for dealers halls. We know cons. 

And this is something valued because honestly, its not a job for everyone. 

Lots of cosplayers out there with amazing technicality skills just don’t like catering to crowds. They aren’t good speakers. Or they don’t have it in them to sit at a table for 6 hours just listening to strangers speak and ask them questions. Or they might hate having to write out workshop forms. And thats okay! But thats the difference between who gets asked to guest and who doesnt. 

Guests have to be okay with not getting time to shop, not getting time to hang out with their friends, and devoting all their energy to the convention goers. Devoting their whole day to smiling and talking and making sure everyone who meets them goes away happy. 

If you are interested in coming a guest, awesome! My biggest tips are; 
Figure out what service you can provide to the convention experience. What are you good at that you think a con needs? How can you expand that? How can you turn it into programming? Are you a health nut – maybe do a panel on dieting and working out, anime style!  Awesome at writing and editing? Fanfiction panel! A cosplayer who loves acting but hates sewing? Think about being a commentator for Cosplay Chess or the AMV contest! 

Start volunteering now. All cons need volunteers and this is the best way to gain experience in the feild, just like any other job. I have friends that started volunteering as security for a con and now they run a convention of their own. No joke. It’s also helpful to know and understand the inner working of how a convention is run if you plan on guesting at one. It helps you help them by knowing what types of panels work best, what programming would work for that con specifically, or even just give you ideas on what their budget for you might be. 

Write. A. Resume. Seriously. Just like you have a resume for job searching, write up a resume for cosplaying. How long have you been cosplaying? How many costumes? What skills do you have? Armor making? Public speaking? What experiences? Any awards? What topics are you an expert at that can be turned into an hour of programming? Put it alllllll dowwnnn in youurr resummmee. 

Also, protip, you can always write to a a convention’s program director yourself and ASK to be a guest. It’s a job. Submit your application.

Hope this helps! 

And funnily enough – this is all information that we talk about in our panel, Cosplay and Convention careers. Where not only do we cover working for cons, but we cover translating cosplay and con work into LIFE CAREERS and how to translate being in a maid cafe to a resume for a 5 star resturant hostess. Lol. My entire Graphic Design resume is pulled from cosplaying. And now I am a full time graphic designer for a state university.

anonymous asked:

What are your thoughts on bought costumes? I've never bought any till recently, I got one. There a costume I wanted to make and now I see it for sale. I don't want to get to lazy and comfortable with just buying since i love the craft. But it would save me time and stress. But wearing a bought costume was so weird for me! Everyone was complimenting and all I can think of was how it was not my work.

I actually have a huge writeup about this on an old post– aw fuck it I’ll just post it again you have :)  Its generally more about whether or not Buying is Cheaper than Making – but my thoughts still stand true. 

BUYING a cosplay is just another tool to COSPLAY. Just because you bought one doesn’t make you any less than a cosplayer. It just makes you a different kind. And you can be BOTH. 

Here’s my thoughts on buying vs making costumes: 

Excuse me while I go on a long explanation and break down on Cosplay pricing & financing.

Making or buying can be cheaper either way. Sometimes its the same price. It really, really, really depends on the costume; where would you buy from, where you would get your materials.

Most pre-made cosplays price range anywhere from 70 to 150 bucks. Now, that can be cheaper or more expensive in comparison to making it yourself; depending on where you would buy materials to make a costume, and how you would make it.

Let’s see…. for example…

This Miku Costume runs a total of 50 bucks including shipping. From experience, that’s pretty average and expected. That being said, it’s also AVERAGELY made. All satin finish, soft hair ornaments, not the most accurate colors…

As opposed to this one, which is more expensive. Its a bit more expensively made. Vinyl finish, includes headphones and shoes… hard hair ornaments…

When it comes to cosplay, you get what you pay for. The more expensive you buy, the more quality material you are going to get.

This isn’t ALWAYS true, there are plenty of ebay sellers and pre made costumes WAY overpriced. If that first costume was priced like the second, its a RIP OFF. And theres no pre made costume out there thats worth more than 300 bucks IMO.

Things get trickier in the world of making cosplay…

The basic idea of you get what you pay for remains.

If you buy cheap fabric, its gonna be a cheap costume (financially.) And if you buy more expensive fabric, its gonna be expensive. It also depends one where you buy (Joanns is expensively cray cray and local shops are going to be much cheaper.)

So when you compare to buying, its a bit hazy. If you buy the more expensive , its going to be way more expensive than buying cheapy fabric. But it may or may not be the same price as buying expensive more intense fabric, trimming, buttons, velcro (everything you’ll need, and it adds up.)

But here’s where things get tricky. Because with making, you can score deals on fabric for even cheaper (coupons!) or maybe you decide you want to go even more expensive to make a very accurate cosplay. (ALL EXPENSIVE YARDS OF VELVET!)

Or maybe you need to order fabric, which will be super expensive. OORRR maybe you find all your materials pre-made at Goodwill that you only need to alter with some trim, then its going to be WAY CHEAP.

Here’s where is gets EVEN more tricky: YOUR SKILLS & YOUR TIME.

Most of the time when we are faced with a decision to buy or make something, not only am I thinking about the price but… Do I have time to make this? Do I have the skills to make this?

If I have the time, but not the skills and the buying price is cheap. I’ll buy.

If I have the time, no skills and its expensive? I’ll try and make it.

If I have no time, skills and its cheap or expensive sometimes I buy. (No time, cons in a week!!)

If I have a ton of time, no skills and its expensive or cheap? I might try and learn. (Or fuck it, I’m never gonna know how to make a hoope skirt just cough up the money!)

It all is very, very variable. And buying or making isn’t so much a fight about whats more expensive, though that is a part of it. One has to think if they have the time to LEARN the skills to make it instead of spending the money.

But its okay if you have money on you, no skills and choose to buy.

No matter what, BUYING or MAKING will still get you a cosplay. And neither is less equal than the other. There’s nothing wrong with buying a costume. It all is just related to what the cosplayer is most comfortable with.

Sorry for the long explanation! I know I gave you more information than necessary, but I wanted make sure to clarify that this question brings up a lot of issues that cosplayers deal with.

TL:DR  — Buying or making a cosplay’s finances depends on where a cosplayer’s priorities lie. Accuracy, type of fabric, skill set and budget.

And finally here’s my example. 

I MADE our Thor cosplays. 

I BOUGHT our Guardians of the Galaxy ones. They are both AMAZING sets of cosplays but just for different reasons and in different ways. Both are valid. 

awkwardmiss17  asked:

Any advice on what to do when you've discovered a photographer is selling cosplay pics of you without your permission?

This is a touchy subject, and I hope you don’t mind me answering publicly because I think all cosplayers should be informed of this stuff. 

There’s a lot that goes into the rights of cosplay photos and most of it is situational. 

For the most part:  When the picture is taken, the photographer owns the rights to the copyright and you do not. 

Regardless of you posing for them or you have designed and created the costumes, they own the rights to the photo and can distribute it how they like. Commercial (for profit) or not. 

NOW you do have RIGHTS (but not copyrights.) In a private shoot or setting, he can really only sell the photos if you signed a release form or you two discussed what was okay and you consented. IF YOU DIDN’T DO THIS, and nothing was agreed upon, you do have rights to get them to stop selling. But you cannot have the rights to sell the photo yourself or to have them take it down from non-commercial areas. They could still feature it in a magazine, for example. This is called the right to publicity.  And model release forms extend or waive these rights. But if it is commercial, they need your consent. 

So my recommendation is to email them; calmly and concisely and say that while you understand he owns the rights to the copyright of the image, you did not consent to them selling anything in your likeness and you’d like them to stop.

Now here’s a few kickers:

If this photo was taken at a public setting, AKA A CONVENTION, and not a con? They get to sell the photo. Period. There is few exceptions. Going to a con and getting your photo taken at it in a non-private setting pretty much negates any right to publicity you have. :/  It gets a little grey in the areas of a photog taking you to a private shoot area of the con. You have right to publicity there, but your attendance to a public event favors the photog here. 

If you paid them to take the photo, they must cease and desist immediately. Thats the only time everything favors you. AND EVEN THEN its usually best to back that up with paperwork, photographer release/model release photos.  But in this case they are technically a hired employee to you.

If you want to go more thorough with this, BGZ did a fantastic write up about Cosplay photography copyrights here. 

But remember to always, always, talk to your photographers about whats okay to do with photos. And selling/or editorial releasing them. Because on the flipside, a photographer can tell you to stop disturbing a photo, even just on social media, if they wanted to. (And thats without a form being signed too.)