Once again, I had the opportunity to collaborate with another artist on a photoshoot with myself as the photographer, and them as the "model". I'm really enjoying the chance to work on my photography and get to know other individuals better along the way.
This week, I shot with Gyspsysaint Cosplay for his Booker Dewitt costume from the game Bioshock Infinite. I even tried something new and made a "sneak peak" video while we were shooting as a promo for this post. I was very excited to be able to throw it together so quickly to share with everyone, and on my phone no less!
While I've never played the game (even though it's sitting my TV stand, waiting patiently for me to finish my obsession with Assassins Creed...), Gypsysaint gave me a good idea of the feeling and storyline, and I saved a few reference images to look over for posing, lighting, and editing concepts.
I even analyzed the image of Booker from the game and forced Gypsysaint to let me throw some makeup on him to add to the character (there are some perks to being your "model's" little sister, such as being able to convince them to sit still so you can smudge strange things all over them with various brushes) - he did a great job for it being his first time having makeup applied, and only flinched twice (kidding!...sort of...).
So far, both this and last time I played photographer, it has been incredibly cold outside, (winter is coming guys...) which definitely helps to keep things moving quickly on one hand (thaw way everyone can feel their hands by the end of the day), but it's a bit disheartening if you want to try more ideas out. I think we found a happy medium of pushing ourselves a bit longer than originally planned without freezing too much.
We had a lot of fun shooting this costume, though I'll admit, the difference between people coming across a shoot with a "fashion model" versus a shoot for a cosplay is pretty extreme.
Most people just stop and stare for a while during a fashion shoot (from my experience modeling and shooting so far), and sometimes come up to the photographer and ask really obvious questions...like if they're doing a photoshoot (No ma'am...I'm pointing a camera at her, but I'm not actually taking any pictures... *ROLLS EYES DRAMATICALLY*).
What I noticed with shooting someone dressed for a cosplay is that people are just as interested in seeing what is happening, but only for a brief amount of time. Of course, this only based off two shoots I've been the coordinator for, and I'm sure the fact that one was with an hour-glass figured woman, wearing a slightly revealing dress ,versus the other being of a man in dress pants and a vest, holding a strange looking tool and a taped off gun (to signify it's not a real weapon in public) had a lot to do with it.
I've known from a model's stand point how hard it can be to try and stay focused on your shoot and not let strangers staring get to you, but I never thought about it being just as frustrating for the photographer as well. Especially when I had to move around to take shots, and people were driving past us going extra slow to see what was happening, and I had to wait for them to pass before I could start shooting again (ah, the one downfall of having a prime lens and needing to run into the street for a well framed 3/4 shot).
All hiccups aside with cold weather and curious onlookers cramping our style, Gypsysaint did fantastic, especially for this being his first official "photoshoot" (not counting the time I forced him and some friends to pose in our Pokemon costumes at the Anime Convention)!
This is what happens when you tell someone you're just taking test shots and they get bored standing around waiting for you (le derp face?)
A great shot of Gypsysaint channeling Han Solo briefly during our shoot - too funny to not add in here!
I can't wait for the next collaboration!