stunning cosplay

#Cosplayer @annjelife as #nintendo’s #shyguy! Photo by @gamerjoefoto. #cosplay

Regrann from @gamerjoefoto - By far @annjelife rocked one of the most creative and stunning #cosplays from the meet up today! She is #shyguy aka #shygal❗️another successful meet up organized by @cosplayphotographeralliance and @dappergeeknews this time at #heritagepark this is just one of many images captured today. Stay tuned for more! #cosplay #nintendo #cosplayphotography #love #gamerjoefoto #fb #tb #videogames #mariobros #supermario #nes
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Bendy in: Japan Expo 2017!

For the people who took pictures of me, who hugged me because they loved the character i was cosplaying as and for the amazing cosplayers who accepted to take a picture with me: YOU’RE THE BEST AND THANK YOU!!! <3

And for all the nice compliments about my cosplay, it really means alot to me! I’ve put so much effort into this costume and i will make more! Stay stunned for my next cosplay!

And a big thank to the Japan Expo crew and also to The Meatly for their amazing game that is Bendy and the ink machine!

PS: If you recognize yourself on one of the pictures, let me know and i’ll credit you!
Working with Photographers

Your cosplay looks stunning and you want to get some professional shots of your cosplay! Where do you begin? How do you find photographers? I will explain in this post!

There are 2 ways to finding photographers around you! You can either:

-A: Go to a convention. You don’t even need a ticket, you can stand in areas where photographers will be! They will most likely be outside anyway due to better lighting/location. Once you take photos with a photographer they will usually give you a business card. 

B: Look on forums, facebook pages of conventions/cosplayers in your area. Chances are photographers will be in there too looking for cosplayers to shoot with! You can even look for cosplayers in your area and look in the description for photographers. 

-Always make sure you look through their portfolio to see if you like the way they shoot. Each photographer will have a different way of shooting, some you may like, some you may not like. 

-Time to book a shoot! Message a photographer, ask for their rates, when they are available. If you agree to a shoot, make sure you tell them what character, what series, and provide multiple reference photos so they can get a good feel for your character, and choose which lighting, location, angles they may want to try. The more information you can provide, the easier it is on them!

-WATCH OUT FOR PERVERTS. Especially if you have a rather revealing cosplay or are planning a lingerie shoot! There are some photographers that are not reputable at all! MAKE SURE THE PHOTOGRAPHER IS REPUTABLE! Check with people they have worked with. Ask them their experience. If you hear anything bad from multiple people. DO NOT hire them! A good photographer will NEVER force you to do poses you are not comfortable with and will always make sure you are comfortable! They will never touch you without your permission, and will always make sure you like the shots! If you feel uncomfortable let them know. They will respect your decision.

-Practice your poses! Look at reference photos of your character and mimic their poses. It is good to have many many poses on hand because you will be going through a lot of them! For good measure look for around 15+ you like. Poses go by very fast! You can even ask your photographer if they have any pose ideas!

-Getting to your shoot. Even though you agree on a certain time, it is always best to get there 15 minutes early! It is very rude to get there late. Photographers will most likely be there early to set up their lighting, and do test shots! You can also even help the photographers set up making it more likely that they will want to work with you in the future!

-Perhaps you want to thank your photographer extra for shooting with you, good idea! You can treat them to food, coffee, and even tip them more than the amount you agreed on! Being nice, helpful and a pleasure to work with will make it more likely that the photographer will work with you on future shoots!

-Assistants! It’s a very good idea to bring an assistant to help you/and the photographer during the shoot! Assistants can do things from cape flips, holding props off screen to make it look like it’s in action, make sure your cosplay looks on point/fix whatever is off, hold lighting for photographers, and more! Just be sure you tell them how thankful you are for their help, treat them to lunch or dinner for their time, or get them a gift!

-Waiting for the photos, this is the hardest part. Waiting for your photos can be quite hard however it will be worth it! Depending on your photographer, they will give you the raws, photos with some edits, or edited photos. It is always important to have good communication with the photographer. Ask them if it is okay to do your own edits, ask them when it is okay to post the photos! And be sure to ALWAYS credit the photographer/edit in your post!

-Once the shoot is over, PLEASE leave your experience with the photographer on their pages. This will help future cosplayers on what to expect with the photographer. This will also help bring them more business and support them (if you had a pleasant experience of course)