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Unread 10-13-2014, 08:06 PM   #1
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Cosplay Photography Booth at Comikaze

Hello all,

I'll be exhibiting at Comikaze this year with a photography booth. The booth will be set up as on on-site studio. I'll be offering two options of cosplay photography:

•*Standard portrait: Subject in front of a white backdrop, standard lighting.
•*Dramatic portrait: Subject in front of a black backdrop, spotlight or directional lighting.

Portrait pricing will start at $25. Images will be emailed same day. Additionally prints will be available same day (with an additional cost). Samples of images are available on my Instagram (@herioicimaging), as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

I'll also be selling cosplay themed t-shirts for $20, as well as reusable shopping bags for $3.

I'll likely be opening up an appointment system for the convention, to help folks try to get photos at a time that's convenient to them. Direct message me for more info or to book a time.

Thanks!

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Unread 10-14-2014, 10:29 AM   #2
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Out of curiosity, have you done this before at other cons, and had success with it? I've been invited to do such a thing at a relatively small local con, but I'm skeptical that anyone's buying. I don't want to drag all my stuff out and set it all up, then sit on my hands all day due to lack of interest.
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Unread 10-14-2014, 03:43 PM   #3
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It's a gamble

I'll be honest: I haven't done this before. I know that there are generally a plethora of photographers outside the con taking pictures, but the vast majority of those shots are amongst crowds, or just in whatever greenery may be surrounding the convention center. Additionally, cosplayers don't always get copies of those images, unless they find the photographer online, or someone else tags them in a photo.

Cosplayers put a lot of time and energy into their costumes, but documenting their costumes isn't something the average cosplayer may seek out because they may have to schedule a shoot with a photographer, which normally means putting your costume on another day, and scheduling a day and time that work. The gamble I'm making is that I think that enough people will want to document their costumes if an affordable and convenient option is available. I'm hoping my gamble pays off.

I do know that a lot of people pay a small chuck of money to have a poorly rendered 3D model made of them in their cosplay, so something that actually documents their hard work well should also be something people consider. At least, I'm hoping they consider it. And, if they don't, I am hoping that my t-shirts and bags sell, which would cover costs. If nothing sells... Lesson learned.

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Cool. Let us know how it goes. I wish you success.

I'll be sharing a table at Spooky Empire (horror convention) next Saturday, taking photos and printing on site. On the plus side, I'll have a spectacular booth babe to help me draw a crowd (and share any profit) - I'm speculating that I'll probably do about 1/3 just costumes and 2/3 guests posing with her.

I did see someone else running a similar booth at CONjure. They had a big green screen set up, but I never saw anyone go into it.
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Back from Comikaze

So, I went and shot a lot of cosplay at Comikaze at my booth, which was a on-site studio. It turned out pretty well, and i've posted a lot of images on my Instagram (http://bit.ly/110vIlL), and on my Facebook page (http://Facebook.com/heroicimaging). All of the images posted were straight from camera, without editing.

The main learn from the event was really about marketing. With more word out, I believe the booth would have been busier. Since people didn't really know I was there, I wasn't as busy as I could have been. I still managed to get a ton of good shots tho.

I am already set for my next con in a couple weeks, so I'll let you know how that goes.

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