Cosplay with DC Cosplayers

My first shoot with the DC Cosplayers happened to be Halloween themed . .  and it kicked ass.

I was floored with how cool some of the costumes were and how cool ALL of the people were. They are very careful to admit the same numbers of cosplayers to photographers so we can all spend 5-10 minutes with each person.

That way, the Cosplayers get to work with different photographers and change up their style a little bit between shoots, and vice versa. Some of the photographers are fairly new to the craft and some of us are pretty seasoned and it's a nice way of letting everyone gain more experience.

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I don't naturally do a lot of posing when I work with models so it was a little bit of a challenge for me to learn how to do so as many of the cosplayers will just wait for the photographer to tell them where to go, how to stand, and what to do. I've done it a few times now and am a little more confident . . . though I have a lot to learn.

One of the most important things is to start by asking the person about their costume, especially if you don't know who/what they are. Figure out how their character moves and what aspects of their makeup or costume they want to emphasize. ESPECIALLY if they made all or parts of the costume themselves. You want to get lots of hero shots of those items.

 

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Erika Christie

Erika is a multimedia creator whose passion lies in Writing, Photography, and Filmmaking. Her early experiences in theatre gave her an intense understanding of how words, music, actors, visual artwork, and storylines work together to create unforgettable experiences.

Her work as a creative director sees her traveling between NYC, Washington DC, and Atlanta. Her background teaching story development and filmmaking inform heritability to shape and strategize content to create the strongest audience experiences.  

She has been working in the transmedia world since before it was even a word. And, more recently, she has been interviewing and cultivating information from leading artists in fields such as virtual and augmented reality, music in the digital age, content distribution, game development, and world building across platforms. 

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