Friends! FightGuy Photography is hitting the road again!
For years we've been visiting Chicago every winter to shoot the Winter Wonderland Workshop for MACE (Movement And Combat Education). Every January, we'd fly up there and document the workshop for them. It's always been a great time, but it's also always been FREAKIN' COLD! So this year, we made a choice; it was time to visit our friends and family in Chicago at a time when it was possible to walk outside in a light jacket, and without gloves, a hat, a scarf, and a pack of sled dogs......
So we are Chicago bound! We'll be in the Windy City next week, spending time with friends, shooting a few events, but most importantly, we've got a few days set aside to shoot with YOU! If you're looking for new headshots, or a glamour session, or a boudoir shoot, contact us ASAP and reserve a spot! We offer discounts on most of our services when we're on the road, so it works out for everyone! The 17th and 18th have been set aside and there are still a few slots left on both days.
Expect a few updates from the road, and some shots from our sessions when we get back!
Saturday night we went back to Crystal City (it's really a lovely place for photography, no doubt) and met up with DC actress, Alani, for her inclusion in our Wonder Women series! We met Alani last year while we were prepping for Sucker Punched 3, and we loved how fun and easy-going she was. As you can see, she's perfect for the Wonder Women series. We joked with her that, when looking at her photos, there's no need to explain this project anymore, everyone will immediately go "Oh! Wonder Woman!".
Alani brought with her a fantastic, vintage cocktail dress, full of sparkle and cut perfectly to fit her. The blade she picked for her set is a stage combat blade based on a roman gladius, a short, wide blade used by soldiers and gladiators. This particular blade was made by the bladesmith at Vulcan's Forge in Baltimore.
We've got a set of 8 Wonder Women at this point, and we've got 5 more models we're in talks with. Lets see how many we can get done before the film hits theaters!
Khrist returns! And she brought a friend! Our dear friend Khrist was on the road again and she was headed through Virginia. We met up with her in Crystal City for a fantastic Gothic themed strobist shoot. Bonus for us, she had her friend and protege, Celena Rayne with her, who sat with us for a few set ups and we got some additional great images of. Be sure to follow both of these wonderful models on their pages to see more of their adventures!
Samantha joins us for another shoot! She's become such a great friend since we started working with her (check out her shoots in Masque and Sucker Punched 3) and we were very excited to get her into the Wonder Women series! Sami brought with her two beautiful dresses and we hit two beautiful locations.
At Lake Anne in Reston, we shot Sami with a blue dress and a fantastic Khopesh, a blade of Egyptian origin, made by the smiths of Baltimore Knife and Sword. (Who you should really check out on their web series, Man at Arms: Reforged!), rented to us from Preferred Arms.
Sami's red dress was accompanied by a yataghan, also made by the bladesmiths at Baltimore Knife and Sword.
With the beautiful Lake Ann as a backdrop, we got some wonderful shots. Sami really brought her A game and carried some extraordinary presence with her to the shoot. We've got lots more plans to shoot with Sami in the future, so stay tuned! And you can follow her adventures on her page at Nasty Woman Cosplay!
Becki Turner is a lovely young woman. We've worked with her as a cosplayer, we've hung out with her and shot with her at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, we did a fantastic portrait session with her in Crystal City, and now we've included her in our Wonder Women series. She's a DC performer, through and through. Actress and cosplayer, with a dance background, and a knack for finding poses.
We had a fantastic alignment of the universe with this shoot, not only did we get our schedules to sync up, but Becki has an amazing turquoise dress that flowed magically, and the weather could not have been nicer. We had beautiful sun with a few clouds, a strong breeze and perfect temperatures. The ambiance of Crystal City was once again our backdrop, and Becki gave us her best Warrior Princess vibe.
Her sword for this series is a World War II America Dress Saber, with sheath, it's one of the few antique blades in our collection, and was a gift to me when I was 15 from a family friend. Took me months to restore it back to it's current shine.
While editing these images, I do believe I was inspired upon what will be our mission statement for this project.
With a tip of the hat and a nod to George R.R. Martin....
"There is a warrior in the heart of every woman, and she rises when you put a sword in her hand."
Thanks to Becki for being such an inspiration. She's everything we're looking for in this series. Stay tuned, we've got a lot more images and a lot more shoots in mind.
Two shoots in one evening! Our friend Ilyana Eberhardt, who you may remember from our Sucker Punched 3 set, was in town and had the evening free! The storm was just letting up and we jumped at the chance to do a shoot. With one eye on the weather, we had Ily dress up to the nines and handed her one of our swords, making her the latest in our Wonder Women series! A quick trip to Cabell's Mill in Chantilly (and occasionally dodging raindrops!) got us some amazing images. Ilyana's beauty and martial arts experience gave us some fantastic images with very little effort on my part. The woman has some extraordinary presence, and we love working with her.
Ilyana's sword for her Wonder Women shoot is a stainless steel "Ninjato" sword, japanese design that is a straight blade variation on the traditional katana. One of the oldest non-antique swords in our collection, I got this one when I was 15 at a flea market in Jessup, MD. It's not the nicest sword we own, but it's got a great look and really worked with Ilyana's outfit and poses.
After a quick gown-and-sword set up, we headed back to the office for a quick change into the first of what will hopefully be many shoots honoring one of my favorite movies of all time, The Crow (the original, not-so-much the sequels). Among Ilyana's many talents is an extraordinary gift for makeup, and she nailed this one. Two shoots in one evening and spectacular shots from both, what more could a photographer ask for?
Expect to see Ilyana again here soon, and expect a lot more from our Wonder Women series!
A few weeks ago we were talking with a good friend of ours, Lauren, about how we run our modeling shoots. Happy to say she decided to give it a shot! Something she claimed she'd never thought she'd do, and here she was, just rocking it. Lauren has great presence and the camera really likes her. We struck out to a few quiet spots in Fairfax and let the setting sun do most of the heavy lifting, followed by a few strobist shots as things got darker.
It was really great shooting with Lauren and we've already talked out a few ideas for other shoots. No longer a first-timer!
If these fashion portraits are something you're looking for yourself or for a friend, contact us today and let's book a shoot! We love working with first time models, and we're happy to set up a fashion shoot that will make you feel fantastic!
Another model who has graced our Sucker Punched 3 and Masque series, Sabreena was the perfect choice for our next Wonder Women shoot. She's a dedicated martial artist and stunt woman. She's tall, she's beautiful, she's elegant and graceful. She's practically Wonder Woman already! How could we not bring her into this series?
Special thanks to Preferred Arms Theatrical Weapons for that magnificent longsword you see in Sabreena's hands. Made by Vulcan's Forge in Baltimore, this hand made hand-and-a-half longsword features a beautiful ray-skin and 2 tone wire wrap grip, and it's size and style is perfect for Sabreena's near-amazon proportions.
For more images from our Wonder Women series, check out our Gallery on Flickr
You may remember Keely from her Sucker Punched 3 shoot with us, or the amazing Masque shoot. Well the good news! She's back for a run with our Wonder Women set. Keely was very excited to shoot with us again and had two perfect dresses. Once more we took to the studio, beautiful dresses and swords in hand. Keely has a steely, settled presence that really shows in her modeling style. Combine that energy with a great creativity and ease with direction and we've got some studio magic. Thanks to Abbi for her fantastic hair and makeup work. We'll see Keely again, no doubt.
Keely's blades for her Wonder Women shoot:
For our full set of Wonder Women photos, check out our gallery on Flickr
Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing our newest model, modeling for the first time, the beautiful Anna Phillips-Brown. Anna is an undergrad at Catholic university and joined us in studio for a Masque shoot.
You'd never know it was Anna's first time in the studio, she's a natural. Comfortable and creative and a real joy to work with. Huge thank you to Anna for her time and talent.
We will certainly be calling her again.
You can follow Anna's adventures on her website, www.annaphillipsbrown.com
For more images from our Masque series, check out our gallery
Our first Katsucon and it was a blast! Two and a half day at the Gaylord Convention Center, meeting some amazing people and shooting photos of amazing outfits. It's a fantastic place to be. We're not the most versed in new Anime or Video Games so we mostly spent the days walking around saying "Wow! I have no idea what that is, but it looks amazing!". We have no talent for building costumes and props and nothing but the utmost respect for those that do.
Overall it's a really solid event. Lots of great panels, tons of amazing vendors on the vendor floor (Including several of our favorites, like Gorgeous Chain and Crimson Chain Leatherworks, who always seem to get a serious chunk of our money when we hit the con circuit.) The Gaylord Convention Center is a fantastic backdrop for the event, and while it might get seriously crowded with the sea of cosplayers, gives us a ton of fantastic spots to shoot amazing photos. And the unseasonably warm weather this year was a major bonus for us, we could easily duck outside and take advantage of it. Katsucon Staff was a little under trained, but generally a friendly and on point group of people. We are certainly putting this one on our calendar for next year. Hopefully after a few crash courses on the latest popular video games and anime.
We got to meet and briefly shoot with such amazing cosplayers as Nasty Woman Cosplay, Katt Noir, Crystalharted, Keren Lin Cosplay, Cassie Fray, Alanaleilani, Cami Cosplay, Mohrigan Cosplay, Jazzy Cosplay, Teensie bug, Envy Us, Neocoolstar Cosplay, and so many more! For the full run, check out our gallery on our Facebook Page.
Abbi got to meet her cosplay and modeling idol, Vivid Vivka, who was super sweet! Flying in from LA to attend her first Katsu and she was just the best!
We were blessed to meet up with Viva Valentina Thursday evening and Ms Dana Belle on Friday for a pair of quick boudior shoots. We've been big fans of these cosplay models for a while now and it was wonderful to get to hang out and shoot with them for a bit. We're already planning future meet ups to get more shoots done. Two extraordinary women, both fantastic, striking models.
Ladies and Gentlemen, after one test shoot and one solid shoot, we are happy to announce that we have a new project up and running! Inspired by a still from the upcoming Wonder Woman film, we're happy to announce our latest project, Wonder Women. We met our friend and model, Lexi Haddad at Union 206 to make the magic! We plan to have Wonder Women as an ongoing series, like Masque, so look for more shoots in the coming weeks and months! We have no shortage of amazing people to work with and we're always meeting more! We're very excited for what's coming up!
With Lexi's elegant dresses, we chose a pair of rapiers for her to work with. With the black dress, we have a stainless steel replica of the sword used in The Mask Of Zorro, purchased when I was 17 years old, I believe from a catalogue. It's a lovely blade, and matched her dress perfectly.
With the purple dress, we had Lexi wielding a rapier made by Rogue Steel from Chicago. It's an ambidextrous swept hilt design that I've always favored in my stage combat rapiers.
One of our plans for Wonder Women is that we're not going to stay in the studio! If any of our friends and fans have a beautiful setting they'd like to loan to us, please don't hesitate to contact us! We'd be intensely grateful. Ballrooms, lounges, fancy foyers, gardens, whatever.
Any place that might be described as "elegant" might be perfect for us.
To all our Stage Combat friends far and wide, the photos from the 2017 MACE WInter Wonderland Stage Combat Workshop are up and ready for your viewing and purchasing pleasure.
Check out the whole gallery at http://fightguyphoto.shootproof.com
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