Originally Posted by Access
Ask around, it's down to word of mouth and who you already know.
If you don't know anyone, check meetup and see if there are any photo clubs in your area. Go to one of their meetings and ask. If you just know where and how to ask, you can likely find plenty of portrait photographers who will work with you just for the experience.
I honestly don't know any cosplayer who has paid for a photoshoot from anyone. Maybe it's just regional but the best cosplay photographers I know of (in my area) don't charge for shoots.
Wow really? So far I've only been offered paid photography. That's crazy