How do you get involved in cosplay photography?

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#1 VWolf82 on 5 years ago

I was just wondering.....do most cosplayers seem to have a connection with a photographer on site at the con? Do they come up to you and ask for a photoshoot? Do you find your own photographer? What's the general fee, if any? How exactly does all that work?

#2 Quite Majorly on 5 years ago

I shoot mostly with two photographers. One is one of my best friends and she's starting out just taking pictures of her friends now to build up a portfolio.

The other photographer I actually met through networking at a convention. A friend of mine and he started talking and we all ended up trading contact information and agreeing to shoot. I think it's a matter of talking to people and getting to know cosplayers. Network, network!

As for pricing, I think that mostly depends on the quality of your photography and editing and the level of experience you have. I've seen people charge upwards of $100 but I've also seen shoots as low as $10-$30 depending on the time frame/number of people/locations.

#3 ShinobiXikyu on 5 years ago

My boyfriend is my main photographer. He's taken photography classes, has a good camera, and does occasional freelance work with it (he's actually a musician/sound engineer, but that field requires a lot of flexibility with what you do), so I'm pretty happy with most of my photos. I plan on hiring a pro for one costume when I have it done though, since it'll require shooting at night and it is SO hard to get a good photo like that.

#4 kirilee on 5 years ago

Generally, I take my own photos as I really love photography, have the camera, tripod, soft boxes and backdrop. However, one of my best mates sometimes takes photos for me and I love that - he has a REALLY pretty camera, is very creative, a natural photographer and top of the range equipment. Makes my set up look like tin cans and a bed sheet...

#5 VWolf82 on 5 years ago

That's all good to know. Thanks all!!

#6 figment1986 on 5 years ago

it requires trust, so friends work... but also be sure to get stuff in writing... I made that mistake and now someone claims ownership over stuff she doesn't own as a result. Just be sure you trust the photographer and get to know them. I hate being impersonal but I can be if i don't trust the cosplayer. I do make friends and I do like taking friends photos.

#7 misslolasangel on 5 years ago

I tend to take my own photos as I have the equipment and shoot portrait photography anyway. But I got into taking cosplay photos for others just by offering to friends and meeting cosplayers through con forums/FB pages. Fee vary, since I was doing a different type of photography from my usual work, I offered a lower rate for con shoots.

In general, I've seen a range from $10-30 for 30 minutes to $100-200 a shoot.

#8 d1304b on 5 years ago

Hey Im a photographer who is interested in shooting some cosplay stuff, I live in the south Florida area, If anyone is interested in doing a photoshoot please let me know. Im specifically in Coral Springs. Ill trade my images for your time if your cosplay material is worth it.

#9 firecloak on 5 years ago

^ Make your own thread, please.

I usually set up a photoshoot beforehand with a photographer. Sometimes it's a photographer that asked to shoot my costume at a previous con, and I like the photos. Sometimes it's a photographer that I find on Facebook that has a good portfolio.

Most of the photographers I work with do not charge, but the few that do charge around $15-20 per hour. I don't think I'd pay over $30 for a 1-hour shoot at a convention, honestly.

#10 Foques on 5 years ago

My typical cost is 40-60$/shoot at the convention.
At the end, cosplayer gets processed images, and not SOOC.

I can't imagine doing processing work for 15$/hr..

That said, you can reach out to your local(and not so local) groups; I got lucky as I work with a lot of artists, actors and other creative folk, it was an easy immersion.

#11 brucer007 on 5 years ago

I got invited to go to Anime Expo in 2006. I brought my camera, and had a great time taking photos there. It was part of what a grew up with. I knew some of the characters from video games and anime from the 1970s.

I took candid photos mostly, at first, but then, started asking people to pose for me, if I liked their costume. I often gave them by business card, so they could inquire later about getting digital copies. The images were small, but big enough for internet display, and they had my watermark on them. My niche became real action poses taken while the Cosplayers were moving; especially in mid-air, and realistic post edited location backgrounds.

Then I began offering more elaborate photo shoots for hire at conventions, which included large images without my watermark.

I still do the free, simple shoots and paid shoots.

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