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Sarah Sugarman – 4

Sarah Sugarman – 4
Sorairo Days
Washington, DC
@sorairo_days

Hello! My name is Sarah, also known as Sorairo-Days and I’m based in Washington, DC! I started off as a cosplayer back in 2009, and started dabbling into the photography aspect in 2013. After not being totally happy with solely being a cosplayer, I started teaching myself how to use my first DSLR so I could branch out more within the cosplay community and haven’t gone back ever since!

I’m often found shooting while cosplaying because I hate myself, will do anything to get that golden hour glare in my photos and the Canon nifty-50 is my best friend.

featured image: cosplayers @stellachuuuuu

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Brian Lansangan – 2

Brian Lansangan – 2
BriLan Imagery
Hollywood, FL
@brilanimagery

Based in Hollywood, FL

Self-Taught

Hello, my name is Brian and I am a self-taught photographer specializing in Cosplay Photography, Alternative Fashion, Portraits, Modeling and Portfolio Building.

The centerpiece of all of my photo shoots can be traced back to one simple word; Imagination. Drawing heavily upon such personal inspirations from many amazing and talented photographers Chasis Photos, David Love Photography, IM Photography, The Portrait Dude, and Alexandra Lee Studios. I strive to craft an image that the viewer, model or cosplayer can connect with on a more expressive level.

I offer a photography service which specializes in portrait and portfolio photography in the South Florida area and Central Florida areas. I don’t look at myself as just a photographer but also as a fun-loving artist. It’s with that mindset that I set out to create an everlasting memory that captures both a moment in time as well as the essence of the subject involved in the most entertaining way possible

featured image: cosplayers @juscosplay 

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Neil Bonabon – 2

Neil Bonabon – 2
New York, NY
NeilBonabon.com
@maison_hikari

Hey everyone! My name is Neil and I am a photographer from New York currently residing in New York City. I started messing around with photography in 2008 mainly as an automotive photographer, which I still do to this day. However, because of the show Initial D (and countless others), I don’t only love cars, but I love anime and otaku culture as well. This leads me to how I started doing cosplay photography…

Two of my great friends – Miyuki Lu and Joeshmoe Cosplay – after seeing some portraits that I took for others, asked me to do my first official cosplay shoot with them. The shoot turned out to be a success, which resulted in me shooting my first con ever the following year – Katsucon 2017. While I do love shooting at cons and meeting great people there, I still believe I prefer shooting on-location as I feel my creativity flows more freely.

I may be ‘new’ to the cosplay photography scene – but with the people I’ve met, and the fun that I’ve had – I feel as though I have been doing this for a long time.

featured image: cosplayers @Miyuki.Lu

 

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L.A. Geronimo – 1

L.A. Geronimo – 1
imPhotography
Orlando, FL
@xinstrumental

My name is Lawrence, often referred to as “L.A.” and I’m the owner of imPhotography! We shoot people: weddings, events, portraits, lifestyle, cosplay. We believe in being yourself; no more, no less. We believe in happiness, fun, and love. And we aim to catch that all in our work. :]

featured image: cosplayers @superrlynn @xxsnowfrostxx

 

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La Bruja De Justica

La Bruja De Justica – 0
La Bruja De Justica
New York, NY
@LaBrujaDeJusticia

My Stance

La Bruja De Justicia’s main goal is to push the boundaries with photojournalism and writing to empower a new way of thinking through controversial projects.

The time has come to begin the battle through creative means.

We live in a society that lacks truth and honor, in which people no longer know what to believe in anymore.

We will no longer be silent.

Cosplay & Culture Project

Imagine yourself walking down the streets of Manhattan in October and you see a Storm Trooper hailing a cab. A person might take a double take then continue about their day. That Storm trooper you just saw is a part of a massive underground culture called “Cosplay”. There are many definitions of Cosplay, but it simply means costume play. A person picks a character from a favorite genre such as a comic or television show. Then they take it to the next level and create their own artistic interpretation of the character.

Even though Cosplay has been around for a long time, the media only sees Cosplay at face value. The media describes cosplay as “girls in sexy costumes”, “marketing ploys”, and an opportunity to make a quick buck. People outside the community either view cosplay as a spectacle or they claim that they only leave their house once a year. Cosplay is art; it deserves to be taken seriously.

As an ongoing project, my main goal is to document this culture and to show that diversity, self-love and empowerment does exist. This culture is proof that people from all walks of life can coexist. Cosplay breaks boundaries. If you want to wear a hajib in your cosplay do it. Want to create a gender-bend? It’s welcome.

The reason why I am passionate about this project is because cosplayers are the unsung artists of my generation.

The work that goes into these costumes is amazing. They deserve to have their story told. Even though cosplay has broken many boundaries when it comes to faith, ethnicity and gender, there are still matters that need to be addressed.

The cosplay community is diverse, but the photographers are not. Female photographers in this industry are nonexistent. even more so within the NYC area. I am hoping this project will inspire people to explore this community and help make it better.

featured image: cosplayers @gogo_incognito

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Kendra Harriston

Kendra Harriston – 0
Kendra J. Harriston Photography
Washington, DC/Maryland
@_kjhphotography_

Hello! Hello! My name is Kendra and I’m a cosplay photographer hailing from the Washington, DC/Maryland area. I have been shooting professionally since 2009, but took a serious interest in cosplay photography around 2011. I like to consider my cosplay photography as akin to portraiture since I strive to capture the essence of the character(s) being portrayed. Being part of the cosplay community has definitely granted me some wonderful friends both near and far away, but has also helped me improve my photography .

featured image: cosplayers @paintcosplay

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Eric Shao

Eric Shao– 0
EShao Studio
Flushing, New York
@ericshao_

Hello all ~ my name is Eric and I’m a Cosplay Photographer base in New York, New York. I’ve started doing Cosplay Photography since 2015. Though still studying Computer Art (3D and Visual Effects) at School of Visual Arts in NY, I was able to develop an eye for color and composition. Even though some photos maybe great within others perspective, I will always continue to find ways to improve myself.

When I officially started photography back in 2015 my reach and audience was mainly in America. Through time/experience my motivation and inspiration gain more knowledge, creativity, style, and concept increased. I was able to travel many times all around Asia to work with many high caliber cosplayers from each respective countries such as China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, and Korea. I’m currently still traveling yearly in search for more experience and development. From here I’ve already established a connection between two side of the world!

Harsh critiques are the best types of critiques to learn and improve only if it’s constructive and useful. Widen your scope to see beyond your limitations.

Travel and explore!

featured image: cosplayers @arisa_1010, @yinghai_sig

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Yuxiang Lai

Yuxiang Lai – 0
Bethesda, MD
@kingofpiegonsphoto

Hi, I’m Yuxiang. I use a Canon Rebel T6 with a little plush bird hanging off of the left side of it, its name is Coco. I like photos, I like to see the best side of people, and I like bubbletea. I haven’t been taking photos for decades yet, but hopefully I will.

Here’s a monologue about how cosplay and photography are important to me:

My first convention was Baltimore Comic-Con, dressed as Bucky Barnes donning a tinfoil-covered foam arm and a red star that had to be taped on for it to even stay attached, I stepped out of my molted past and into the new freedom; and thus began my cosplay life.

Armed with nothing but a (meh) DSLR, the adrenaline rushed through me as my finger pressed the shutter release, immortalizing the moment that I’ve captured; and thus began my photography life.

Cosplay and photography have become a part of me, and they always will be.

(Is that too dramatic?)

featured image: cosplayers @lord_usagi

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Kirby S

Kirby S
Warpstar Photo
New York, NY
@warpstar.photo

Hi I’m Kirby, I’m a New York cosplayer and photographer. I started off cosplaying and attending conventions in 2008, after years of being in the cosplay community I realised I love bringing characters to life through photography as well. I started doing cosplay photography around 2015, I’m completely self taught in photography and editing, but luckily I drew a lot of fan art in the early 2000s so I know my way around photoshop ♥ I can’t pick between cosplaying and photography so you’ll often see me shooting while in costume! I love meeting new people and constantly improving my crafts. I attend conventions in the NYC area as well as all over the east coast.

featured image: cosplayers @aara.lee

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