Welcome back everyone!
Today, we have a very special person who we are interviewing!! It is the first one of its kind!
When we started this blog, we never imagined the turns it would take! We started with make up and somehow ended up in the amazing place we are now!
When we first started exploring other possibilities for our blog, we bumped into animation! Latinachika is very tech savvy and worked with photoshop all her youth. When the opportunity presented itself, we both agreed it was a perfect fit!
The first animations we did were for artists. We loved it!!
But, then, we realized we could do so much more!
We had been following a particular cosplay photographer and decided we wanted to try one of his photos and that is no other than @portraits.n.cosplay!
He was so kind and asked questions that made us feel like we were actually building friendships finally!!
He taught us to have real conversations with people and to always just ask!
We appreciate his guidance and friendship very much!
The first photo we animated of his is of an amazing cosplayer @mayan.goddess! (Keep an eye out for her upcoming interview!) Below is the image (Check out our Instagram page for the actual animation):
From this one collaboration, we made two new amazing friends!!! @portraits.n.cosplay connected all of us and he does it purposefully and happily!
We continue to do amazing collaborations and he continues to introduce us to new people!
He is just an amazing person and we are so honored to have had the chance to interview him and the have the privilege to share this story with you all!
Our interview is below:
1. What is your Instragram account for your photography? Do you have any other social media accounts for your photography?
I have a Cosplayer Photography FB. My personal FB account includes photo albums from different Cons as well as Portraits and Favorites photo albums.
2. When did you become interested in photography ? Who or what influenced you?
My father gave me a camera when I was about 10 years old, so, I would say I became interested in photography over 60 years ago.
Photography became a hobby and photos of more famous photographers, like Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange were my inspiration.
3. When did you start taking your Photography more seriously and why?
I believe it was about three years ago when I started to take photography seriously, after I received requests for photo shoots and the various compliments I received, which surprised the bejesus out of me!
I realized that people actually liked my photos.
4. Did anyone teach you? Or are you self taught? Or both?
I’m self taught and began shooting landscape and macro photography.
I still dabble in both, but, after taking cosplay photography more seriously, I changed from landscape photography to photographing people.
Currently, I am focusing more on portraits and non-cosplay (fashion) photography.
5. What style of photography did you start with? Is it the same today? If it has changed, why do you think it changed?
I realized that I really enjoy portraits and many cosplayers have mentioned that they do not have a lot, if any, portrait shots of themselves.
Fashion photography is something I just started to take an interest in and cosplayers seem to want photos of themselves in non-cosplay.
6. Which is your favorite photo or photoshoot?
I have so many favorite photos, I don’t know which one to select.
But, I will select probably my fave portrait shot since that’s what I am doing more of, lately.
Vintage style photo of @sylviaslays
I love this shot of @princess_frankenstein because it was a unplanned shot!
7. What do you enjoy about your photography?
What I enjoy about photography is meeting people and learning new ideas from working with the many people I meet.
8. What is your process like choosing the next photo to post online?
I select a photo depending on a few situations, like promoting a movie release, but most of the time, it’s whatever I feel like at the moment.
9. What has your experience been like sharing your photography online?
I mainly share my photos online just to share my work.
If people like the photos I share, that is great, if they don’t like the photos, that’s OK, too.
I just want to feature my work and social media is the only place I think I can.
Fortunately, my experience has been 99.99% positive!
Only one person had some vile and negative comments to say about a photo I posted earlier this year.
10. What is your advice to aspiring photographers considering posting their work online?
My advice to aspiring photographers includes posting the photos that accentuates the model, don’t post a photo with a cluttered background.
Make use of color contrasts, like dark costume against a lighter background.
Post what you like, not what you think others will like, after all, it’s your work you are showcasing!