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Unread 01-03-2013, 10:19 PM   #1
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VALVe 2013!

Calling all TF2, L4D, Half-Life, Portal and any other VALVe Cosplayers!

I'll be hosting the VALVe shoots as 'Medic's Wife' again this year (co-hosting with Lithe-Fider as 'BLU Tentaspy' on Friday!) and the private photographer might also be returning (but no promises on that just yet )


Last year we had a lot of confusion about the shoot on Friday and more than a few people didn't know about it and I'd like to avoid that this year. Suggestions to change Fridays scheduling are more than welcome but need to be submitted before July 6th so everyone has plenty of time to make plans.

Saturdays shoot will be kept the same since it worked so well and gave us plenty of space and lot's of time to work with to make sure every fandom will get equal amounts of attention.


Friday:
Time: 6:30 to 8 (previously 5-6 but the space will be full at that time)
Location: 4th floor back hallway

Saturday:
Time: 8pm to 9:30pm
Location: Indoor fountains


These shoots are long and cover at least four different fandoms so be prepared to spend at least a full hour with us, though the time does go by very quickly. The order of fandom will be determined by volume and special needs consideration, so please come prepared with plenty of water and let me know ahead of time if you need assistance with cumbersome props or costuming!
~Danke schön!

EDIT: Tumblr Link for the event is HERE! Reblog and let everyone know where we're gonna be!
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Unread 01-05-2013, 06:22 AM   #2
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Love some L4D! I might go to otakon since it's thier 20th yr! Was going to cosplay a Female verison of Louis! Cosplayed Rochelle from L4D2 back in 2010.( was the only one!)
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Unread 01-14-2013, 10:26 PM   #3
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I'll totally be there as Gordon in his HEV suit! 8D
I'm happy to see a Valve gathering, since I've been looking around for one.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 12:40 PM   #4
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ill be going as ellis from left 4 dead 2
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Unread 06-02-2013, 11:24 PM   #5
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Bumping this up because people seem to be missing it!
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Unread 06-03-2013, 01:44 AM   #6
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I wasn't planning on packing Scout's Mom this year, but I'm loving the late-night timing on that Saturday shoot so much, maybe I'll put her back in rotation. :3 If nothing else, I'll be one of the people there to take photos of everyone being awesome, as Valve cosplayers always are. <3
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Unread 06-04-2013, 05:57 AM   #7
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Due to some scheduling conflicts and a huge influx of people asking for a Saturday extension, new times have been updated. Please see the first post to make sure you've got the right times ^^
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Unread 06-04-2013, 12:55 PM   #8
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if i can finish my Gordon Freeman HEV suit in time count me in for friday.
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Unread 06-05-2013, 11:42 AM   #9
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OH GOOD you made a thread! I had not seen it yea. I'd love to help on Friday! I'd planned to be Tentaspy <3. (I will be Pitch on Saturday though) Eeeee excitement!

I decided on finally YES to Otakon as I'll be staying with Cait and Alexa cause I meant to visit them at their apartment anyone and this combines it.
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Unread 06-05-2013, 01:21 PM   #10
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I'm honestly not too thrilled over having the shoots late on both days. Most of this is based on how things went last year, though I do think that things will be better this year than last year, regardless of what we do, just with earlier & better planning like we're doing now.

Last year, I noticed having the shoots at or after dinnertime caused people to ditch in the need of food or going home for the day, and I personally was really starving and exhausted by the time the shoots rolled around. I do realize better planning of sleep (personal issue there) and eating would help this out. Though I'm not sure how comfortable eating before a shoot can be, considering how crowded the restaurants can get and how long the wait times can sometimes be. I've honestly never had to do it before, so maybe it really isn't too much to worry about.

Additionally, I noticed a lot of the pictures taken at the indoor fountains at night didn't turn out so well since that location's strong point besides space is natural lighting. It's essentially a huge glass box, which is awesome in the daytime with all the sunlight. But at night, I think with the sheer size of it, the artificial lighting just doesn't make up for it (the lights have to come all the way down from the high ceiling), and things get really dark, grainy, and disappointing. I would love to be able to take advantage of the natural lighting at this location by having a shoot here before the sun goes down. If it's at night, I almost wonder how the indoor fountains compare to other areas in terms of artificial lighting...

Edit: I'm glad to see Lithe can make it this year!
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Unread 06-19-2013, 11:42 AM   #11
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My friends and I are doing Team Fortress on Friday and Portal on Saturday. We'll be there!

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Unread 06-24-2013, 12:33 PM   #12
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is there a facebook event for this? i only ask because my phones calendar syncs with my facebook calendar and it makes it really easy to keep track of all the photo shoots i attend.
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Unread 06-27-2013, 08:45 PM   #13
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Excellent! Looking forward to seeing some old and new faces!

I know some people aren't happy, but I'm actually thrilled to see that these are later in the day, cosplaying pyro gets HOT so the cooler temperature is much appreciated!
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Unread 06-28-2013, 02:28 PM   #14
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Hey guys, thanks for all the feedback!

@cartoonmaster: Sorry but Saturday's schedule is not open to suggestion for change, only Friday. We took a long time deciding wether or not to keep it at the indoor fountains this year or not -because- the Indoor Fountains are essentially a giant glass box. Having our gathering there before sunset would ultimately cause more problems than a bit of nice lighting is worth, especially for those in full HEV suits/body suits, many layers of armor or gear, and/or with very heavy props. Because of the nature of VALVe fandom cosplays, the size of the space, it's location on the ground floor, multiple entrances and exits on all sides, open airflow, and readily available seating are the ultimate deciding factors of why this area is ideal for us -after dark-.

It is a long shoot and the opening post itself does state to be prepared for a long event and to have plenty of water. Overall attendance and personal care is an individuals responsibility to decide what to prioritize. If you have some other special needs to be taken care of please let me know and we will try our best to help you out.


@hyperionkp: Great to hear a whole group will be coming, cant wait to see you there!


@wickedknightx: Unfortunately there is no a FaceBook Page for this event, there is however a Tumblr link for the reblogging!


@Amberosine: Glad to hear we're having Pyro again this year! We purposely did aim for night shoots so that everyone in full body gear will be most comfortable. (There is a possibility we might have bottled water readily available, but no guarantee on that just yet so it's best to bring some with you just in case.)
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Unread 07-03-2013, 08:52 AM   #15
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Amberosine, my precious pyro baby. Aaaah I can't wait to see you and Automb akljgt;roag;ds. =w= And touch my lovely Medic Wife's beautiful face again. <3

Anyway, I'll be there for one of the shoots as Fem!Medic. Probably Friday since I think I have a Thing on Saturday. I can't wait to see all y'all!
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