I couldn’t decide between black and white and color on this one— and then I remembered, I don’t have to choose, this is my blog, duh.
Among my favorite things about photographing cosplayers is that they really know their stuff. When I tossed a bag of bird bones and skulls on the ground and said, “You know how vampires need to count?” Yeah, she knew.
The second of my yearly cemetery shoots. Of course I had to schedule a shoot with Jkat317 (IG). She always takes her cosplay to the next level which is perfect for this cemetery. Zoom in on the face paint on Bigfernie94 (IG)— that’s her work and it’s amazing!
Every year right before Daylight Saving Time begins, I schedule as many photoshoots as possible in our local historic cemetery. Miss_Ichor (IG) was the first of this year’s season. It was a great shoot— everything I like to do as a photographer came together in this photo. Cosplay! Props! Location shooting! Good light! It was like a dream come true really.
The inspiration for this photoshoot was William S. Burroughs. I love taking an idea and running with it. In this case— we started with Burroughs and ended up with Joan Vollmer. Because she should be remembered too.
So things were going great with photoshoots in 2020. And then the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in California. I prudently took a couple of months to see what the research on this *brand new* disease said. Then I took a couple of more months off to see how things went. And then I was just stuck in a rut. Thankfully, Yanleyna (IG) asked me to photograph her Star Trek cosplay in July. Masked up, and a little apprehensive, out I went and had an amazing time— thanks to social distancing, shooting outdoors, and double hand sanitizer.
@Liialeone mentioned that she’s been hired for modeling jobs in which the first thing they did was cover her freckles with foundation. I was completely baffled and a little offended on her behalf. My mom told me when she was a little girl, she thought there were white people, brown people, and leopard people because there was a girl in her class with the most amazing freckles. Leopard people— you can imagine my disappointment when I ended up with only one freckle and that on the very tip of my nose. Sigh.
My shoot with Banhxeobrujx (IG) on March 11, 2020, was when I started to realize the covid-19 pandemic was real. On one hand, the lack of crowds is nice for doing a photoshoot. On the other hand, good grief, where are all the people?