How to prepare for a Cosplay photoshoot

This article is submitted by Lisa, she is also one of our convention reporters! Submit your article to us to get sponsor by miccostumes.com

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Hey everyone!

I always get a lot of questions regarding on how to prepare yourself for a cosplay shooting – as a beginner. As some of you know, I am neither a model nor a beauty who loves to stick around cameras. Actually, I still feel a little uncomfortable at photoshootings.

If you are new to cosplay, a little shy and have little to no experience at standing in front of a camera, this guide will be perfect for you.
Everyone else probably won’t learn anything new. Let’s start then, shall we? ^_^

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Planning ahead

First of all, if you don’t know the photographer all that well, ask a friend you trust to come along with you on the date of the shooting.
If he’s a complete stranger, I also recommend bringing a tfp (time for prints) contract with you. Here’s a template: http://dpanswers.com/forms/contract_tfp.html
This is a basic contract usually used by amateur models to agree on the terms that the models as well as the photographer has the rights on the pictures, but none is allowed to use them for commercial purposes.

Things you should also do are talking over what you expect from the shooting. The location is just a basic aspect. Do you want your character to appear evil? Sexy? Cute? Have you seen a special picture you would like to imitate? The more the photographer knows, the better he can prepare!

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Test your make up and some poses a few days before having your photos taken. Search fanarts of your character – you’ll get some of the best ideas for in-character poses there.

If you are insecure about a part of your body, you may want to tell the one taking your pictures. If they know, they can either help you to hide it or edit the pictures afterwards.

The day before

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Check if all parts of your cosplay are still okay. Anything missing? Wig styled?  Do you need to repair something? Also, try out all the poses you found by looking at fanarts in front of a mirror. Sometimes, it looks good as a drawing, but weird to do in real life.

At the shooting

Remember to eat and drink enough! Don’t underestimate a photoshooting – it can be very exhausting. If it is cold, never forget to bring a jacket or a blanket. If needed, ask the photographer for a break.If the photographer asks you to do a pose and you feel uncomfortable doing it – DON’T. If he is a professional, he will understand and drop the idea instantly. Remember that you’re doing this for fun – you don’t owe anyone anything!  :)


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Some basic model rules:

Use Make Up! The skin always shines in the light, so powdering it is a minimum to have natural-looking skin in the photos.
Chin up, shoulders down! Posture is very important. It is a part of being in-character, if your character is shy, try to pose that way. Also, always try to show off your cosplay! Avoid weird poses and gestures that hide your beautiful cosplay!
Always do something with your hands! Like fiddle with your hair, act like you’re looking in the sky, hold something you find on the location… Also, avoid doing the “peace” sign on every photo.
Try to act in character! Start thinking like your character and doing stupid stuff. I always got the best results while doing so. There can always be moments, when you can act funny and out of character for a couple of pictures, if you discuss it with your photographer.

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And the most important one: Have fun! 😀

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Welcome Our New Blog Author-Viper

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Hello, you can call me Viper!! I am a new blog writer for miccostumes.I love to cosplay and it has been my hobby for the past seven or eight years. I love animes such as Love Live, Princess Jellyfish, Dangan Ronpa and Puella Magi Madoka Magica. I cosplay as Honoka Kousaka, Madoka Kaname, Ibuki Mioda, Monomi, Leon Kuwata, Sailor Moon, and Elizabeth Comstock.  I love to write so hopefully I can write some really interesting articles for you all! I look forward to being a blog writer!!

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Miccostumes Weekly Summary 23th -28th.March 2015

Micccostumes.com have updated the new logo this week, our new mascot’s name is Bruno! We will make the plush toy and big mascot costume as bruno, hope all our customers love him!

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This week, the final winner list of our 2015 Conventions Reporters Program has been released , 11 cosplayers got the chance to be sponsor by miccostumes.com for coverage the anime&game conventions, really amazing miccostumes.com will be shown at more than 50 conventions worldwide,and Tina and Lisa has shared the first two convention articles about IMAGICON 2015 and Oldenburger Otaku Treff 2015 !

Exciting because Nekomancer  and Irvy joined in our blog author program,and posted each first cosplay article Interview with a Cosplayer: Tips and Tricks for a successful Interview  and Tips for Finding Cosplay Photo Locations in our blog.So if you are interested in sharing cosplay articles in our blog, please try to check our writer sponsor program as soon as possible.

Do you have youtube channel and update cosplay related videos regularly? Follow Zeus Pro and submit cosplay video ideas to us, miccostumes.com can sponsor your needed :)

We also uploaded four new cosplay costume videos to our youtube channelFrozen Princess Anna ,DuRaRaRa Izaya ,Black Butler Sebastian and Akame ga KILL! Esdeath.

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Best Cosplay this week:

Mom Redditer AreYouJustKiddingMe made her daughter Skyrim cosplay!

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Oldenburger Otaku Treff 2015-Oldenburg, Germany

This article is submitted by Lisa and Sasha (Pashy Cosplay).

 

It’s this time of the year again. The snow melts, it’s getting warmer outside and all of us are preparing our next cosplays. Of course we were really happy, when they announced the next date for OOT-Oldenburger Otaku Treff.

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As cosplayers, there is nothing more comfortable as a local cosplay meet-up. You don’t have to travel very long or prepare a hotel room and don’t have to worry about getting home too late for work or school the next day. And that’s all what the “OOT” stands for: you can meet and get to know people from all over the city and neighboring towns, sit together, draw in each other’s “Con-Hons” (Small Books you hand over to your friends so they can create drawings and texts as memories of the day for you) and do photoshoots.

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The monthly meet-up just announced in February the end of their winter break and the beginning of Oldenburg’s colorful cosplay year 2015 started on the 21. March for us!

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OOT’s usually start with us cosplayers meeting on a Saturday, 01:00 pm at the station in Oldenburg. We’re usually around 200, half of us in cosplays or kigurumis, but also fans of the Japanese fashion, music or culture are welcome as well as everyone who is interested. After waiting for 30 minutes, all of us walk together to the local park (Schlossgarten Oldenburg). Even after doing this for long over a year – people always give us funny looks. We never get insulted though. On the contrary, the people of Oldenburg are always happy to see us and never stop giving us compliments for our costumes and wish us a great day.

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This month we were surprised by the bad weather. It was 7°C (44.6°F) and the rain would only stop for short periods. But, as you guys know, cosplayers are tough! So we kept going and did our photoshoot anyway – even if we didn’t manage to take as many pictures as we wanted. Since our cameras are not waterproof, we had to stop after some time.

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