Planning a photoshoot at DragonCon is likely one of the hardest things to do as a fantasy photographer. Everyone wants to shoot.. sure.. but hardly anyone will due to the actual crumbled up mess that DragonCon can be. They think they have time.. but end up losing it somewhere between the Marriott and the Westin.
DragonCon has become one of my favorite things to do during the year. I am trying to scrape something up on things to do to get the good costumers to do a shoot and actually show up. I am not dissing anyone in any way.. because I completely understand the circumstances that the biggest con in the country can cause. The challenge is getting people aware that you are shooting for them and try and scoot them away from the hundreds of thousands of people in the backgrounds. Yeah.. con pictures is not really my thing. If I can get someone to come out from the wilderness, it is a huge score for me.
Take this lovely Kelly Lakowski – her and her husband are just amazing people and have superb costumes to show. They are from Virginia beach and come down once a year for the big con (like the majority of the big costumers). This set will be for her Catwoman costume that really popped out at me because of the way this girl can bend. Not many girls are able to stretch and get down on the floor in a costume these days.
I was able to drag her down the the dirtiest and hottest (100+ degress, filthy minds!) stairwell in the area – and they were both totally cool about doing it.
Strobist info: This was shot with 3 lights.. one at the bottom of the stairwell, one at the top and one directly above her. All 3 of the lights were gelled to yellow for the effect – the actual stairwell was lit green and ugly.. I had to make it my own ugly
more to come…