This post is to give people more insight into what I do at Anime Conventions... more specifically, Anime Expo 2012.
Every year around mid-June I start to brainstorm new ideas on what I kind of photos do I want to get out of this year’s Anime Expo (I try to step it up every year). This year I had decide that I was going to focus on setting up shots that were ideal for inserting special effects into them (I will post examples below). I also had in mind that I wanted to do something with “levitation” photography like I have been doing with my Lolita series (Suspended Elegance). I knew that I wasn’t going to get many participants since it’s a weird idea to try to pitch to random people at a convention, but it wasn’t going to hurt to try! (n_n)
Here are a few cosplayers that were brave enough to follow me somewhere to do some floating photos:
Thank you everyone for risking bodily injury for my art!
When it comes to large anime conventions like this, I usually look to schedule private (at con) photo shoots that last around 30 to 45 minutes. I also like to leave time in between shoots to “scavenge” for those cosplayers who look great and are willing to give me a few minutes of their time to take some photos off to the side, or in a corner of the convention center. I respect the art of costuming, like any other medium, it takes skill, hard work, and talent to put it all together. Therefore, I put the same amount of effort into my cosplay photography. Below are a few shot’s from cosplayers who were great enough to set up some photo shoot time with me during AX2012.
Cosplayer: Tatiana Wok
Series: Final Fantasy XIII-2
Note: This shot was set up in a walkway right outside of the west hall lobby. It's a popular spot for photographers because of the great lighting which is consistent throughout most of the day. I planned ahead for Tatiana's shoot in order to get photos that I could later on insert special effects into, so the poses we ended up with reflected that. They would have looked funny on their own without effects.
Series: Guilty Crown
Note: Since it isn't too windy indoors, I employed the help of Kristin's "handler" Alex, and her co-cosplayer Angeline Woo to BE the wind.... this shot took three tries. Third time was the charm on this one.
Cosplayer: Krystal DM
Series: World of Warcraft
Note: This cosplay was based on a "fan made" original artwork called Sindragosa. Krystal went ahead and made the real life cosplay counterpart of it. The benefit to this shoot is that it's not an actual licensed character from the W.O.W. series, which gave me room to play around with the effects as such. I used my imagination on this one because there was no material to use as reference for the effects. We came up with the poses on the fly during the shoot, as I was photoshopping it all in my brain. This is one of my personal favorites from the set.
This is the benefit of setting up a photo shoot with me prior to a convention. It gives me time to plan ahead and make the most out of our time together. These are the results of that.
Let me give special thanks to these cosplayers who ended up spontaneously shooting with me at Anime Expo. Thank you for finding me.
Hugo Fernando Martinez
Joanna Rodriguez's Cosplay Group!
and Rochelle Anne!
This year was tedious, exhaustive, and awesome! I still have much more photography to process and post, so keep an eye on my Anime Expo 2012 gallery for updates. Email me for the password to download your photos, and “LIKE” me on Facebook. :D
I will see everyone again in 2013!