I take photography very seriously. I've been taking photos as long as I can remember. It started with a disposable camera when I was in middle school. I would take pictures of my classmates or friends during lunch break.
Then, it expanded to random still shots to capture the moment. I took a photography class my senior year in high school, to learn how to develop rolls of film and developed a taste for the classic black and white look. Over time, I was exposed to 1950's pin ups and digital photography studios. It wasn't exactly my style, but it expanded my horizons to the world of professional photography.
When I was able to acquire a digital camera, I began taking cosplay photography shots at conventions, as well as portrait and landscape shots. With time, patience and practice, I honed my skills.
It was in college that I realized I liked to be in front of the camera, as much as behind the camera. I began my cosplay career at the age of seventeen. My first convention was Anime Expo 2004, where I debuted three costumes using my real hair. In 2006, I bought my first commissioned cosplay from a person on Ebay and started buying wigs to wear, so that I could multi-task characters with different hair colors. It opened up a whole new realm for me, eliminating haircuts, bleach and dye jobs every few months. I also discovered that through wearing wigs, one could re-wear any cosplay at any time they desired. It was like a dream come true.
I took one fashion appreciation and beginning sewing class when I was nineteen years old. I constructed my first female jacket and skirt. I later applied those skills to sew my first male trench coat, buttoned down shirt and collared shirts in the years of 2009 and 2010. It was also through these experiences that I decided my talents were better suited for fashion consulting, modeling and photography.
In 2007, I met Jabi and started to really beef up my cosplay career, multitasking four to eight costumes per convention. We did this for about two to three years straight. We made new friends and encouraged our existing ones to try their own hands at cosplaying with us. I'm grateful for the experiences and memories I was able to take through those years, even if with the gap of time, people came and went their separate ways in life.
Some of my most well known cosplays are Mello from Death Note, Belphegor from Katekyo Hitman Reborn and Yoite from Nabari no Ou. Apparently, my Sasuke Uchiha from Naruto Shippuden has been gaining a lot of attention as of lately. For that, I'm extremely grateful.
Where cosplays are concerned, I'm a method actor. Soon as my contacts and wigs are on, I become the character. They say "a picture is worth a thousand words," so I try my best to recreate scenes or replicate the facial expressions and emotions the characters might feel in the variety of situations they might find themselves in.
At conventions, the best way to get my attention to shout out my cosplay name, or the name of the character I am cosplaying at that moment. I generally respond it to quickly. I apologize in advance if I may seem detached or busy in person. At conventions, I generally have a very tight schedule and photo shoots are all over the agenda. That doesn't mean people can't approach me with a friendly wave or make small talk.
Personally, I prefer private photo shoots to conventions any day. Nine times out of ten, I am the one who does everything for our photo shoots, because it's through my specific artistic vision that I see things and I want the world to see things through my eyes. Because of this, my roommates are quite generously looking into getting a tripod, so I can try my hand at that.
Until one arrives, though, I will continue doing things in the same routine way I always have - choosing the theme of the photo shoot, the attire for it, the poses that will be replicated, helping the models get into the costumes, their make up and posing them in the positions they'd look best. I take control of the camera and direct the photographer to take the shots from the angles that are most flattering to us models on the receiving end of the lens, doing my best to take into consideration our location, lighting and any other last minute disturbances or distractions that could occur during the actual shooting.
I have worked with photographers that have their own artistic visions and for those, I'm open and receptive to trying new things. During those specific photo shoots, I always come equip with my own camera and can be regularly seen doing my own hand at the photography. My artistic nature won't allow me to rest otherwise. Life is inspiring and you never know when something amazing will happen.
When the conventions and photoshoots are over, the real work begins. I've only been using Adobe Photoshop CSS for four years now, so there are still many tricks and buttons I've yet to learn to use, or master. In any case, through the use of Photoshop, I've learned to further my talents with lighting techniques, filters to alter skin colors and the foreground of photographs, as well as touch up on minor, disgusting human imperfections that distract the eye and take away from the beauty that everyone is capable of possessing and expressing, from the inside outwards.
Everyone has their own artistic style, therefore, I would appreciate nothing less than an open mind when viewing my works, whether they be cosplay, portrait or landscape photographs. If one feels the need to express themselves, always do so with constructive criticism. I can promise you helpful suggestions will be listened to and later applied with practice, whereas crude comments will land you with nothing less than a spammed comment and a block from viewing and commenting further on my material.
I am an artist and I expect nothing from anyone. I strive for perfection, expression and creativity at all times. My biggest critic is myself and I have OCD. I pay extreme attention to details, to some, in an extremely agitating manner. I will never stop in the middle of a project, no matter what in life demands my attention and if revisions are needed, they will be revised until I see fit.
If an individual doesn't care for my unique, artistic vision, then so be it. I refuse to hide, or change myself for anyone, whether they be a family member, friend, co-worker, acquaintance or stranger. No amount of critique, insults or bitching will deter me from achieving what I seek and what I deem as ART.
Should a person still feel the need to get my attention in a rather undignified way, they will be subjected to a very indifferent, blunt and silver-tongued response without remorse or guilt. I have many faces and I'm not afraid to show you the one that can be the ugliest of them all. You have been warned. Where constructive critisms and compliments are concerned, they are more than welcomed, appreciated and valued for a lifetime. ♥
In conclusion, I'm always looking to meet new people, further my own talents and take pride in the many accomplishments I've already achieved.
If you're interested in seeing more of my talents, please check out the following pages.
This is my cosplay group's main page, where the folders are broken down by individual members, the private photoshoots and the public conventions we've attended together as a team -- both as cosplayers and photographers.
The members of BatCountryCos are the following:
It's a side project I'm in charge of, where Naruto cosplayers submit non-canon artistry, revolving around Konoha Gakuen Den! and other Alternative Universe attires, whether it be in the form of fanart, doujinshi and/or cosplay. We're always looking to showcase people's talents here, so check it out and contribute!
Current Residence: Tempe, AZ
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Full size
Print preference: Full size
Favorite genre of music: Arabic, Greek, Japanese, Chinese, Classical, Jrock, Industrial
Favorite style of art: Manga and anime
Operating System: FUJIFILM FinePix S5700 S700
MP3 player of choice: iPOD Nano
Wallpaper of choice: Judal & Sinbad from Magi the Labyrinth of Magic.
Skin of choice: Konoha Gakuen Den
Favorite cartoon character: Yoite (Nabari no Ou), Masaomi Kida (Durarara!!), Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto Shippuden), Judal (Magi the Labyrinth of Magic)
Personal Quote: Humanity is a virus that needs an antidote and we are the remedy.