Switching gears again back to our Arcana series, we called FightGuy Photography favorite, Keely, and asked her what she wanted to dress up as. She was very keen on something with a witchy vibe, and also brought up the Shadowhunter series. We thought, "Why not both?" and we created a fantastic mashup of the Harry Potter style wizard and the Mortal Instruments style Shadowhunter. What we landed on was a bit of an Auror with a great fashion sense.
Keely supplied us with a wand she picked up at Disney World, and we pulled together elements of our costume closet to find something fantastic. Boots, fishnets, a cape, a fancy black dress...a blade...a hat...some runes... We're thrilled with the look we got and we love this 4th entry in our Arcana series.
Stay tuned! We have another Arcana shoot hot on the heels of this one!
OUr 17th Wonder Women shoot brought back one of our favorites, Carly. You may remember Carly from her Masque and Blue Dress shoots that she did with us a few years ago, and we've also had the wonderful honor of shooting Carly's wedding. She's wonderful mom, a survivor of great hardship, and an amazing person all around, we can't imagine not including her in this series. Carly's got an amazing presence, fabulous stature, captivating eyes, and we've always gotten amazing photos of her.
For her shoot, Carly choose a simple, classic black, sheath dress, floor length. It provides the perfect backdrop for her lovely violet hair and her amazing body art. Carly's arm tattoos are phenomenal, and I hope the amazing detail and line work can be seen in our images. From our collection of weapons, Carly's sword choice follows a similar thought. A cruciform longsword, with a black leather grip. Forged by the bladesmiths at Chicago's Rogue Steel, we picked up this blade almost 12 years ago, and we think it perfectly complements Carly's shoot.
Our location took us back to our favorite studio, Union 206 in Alexandria. Studio B is an intimate space with a ton of options, it's our first choice whenever we head there. Not great for large groups, but perfect for an intimate shoot like Wonder Women.
Thank you to our friends at the studio, to Abbi for her phenomenal assistance, and of course, to Carly for her time and talent.
For more images from our Wonder Women series, be sure to check out our series page, and to book a glamour shoot (Wonder Women themed or otherwise), please drop us a line on our contact page.
Out third entry in our Arcana series, the lovely GC-Chan Cosplay joins us to be our Bladesinger! For those of you not knee deep in Dungeons and Dragons, a Bladesinger is an elven warrior who learns to combine advanced edged weapon combat with arcane magical spells, giving them boosted abilities when they go hand to hand. Because of the mixing of magic and melee, armor is kept light. Gillian had some fantastic elf cosplay elements, some armor, and some of her Renn Faire pieces, and we had a matched pair of fantasy blades, made by the smiths of Baltimore Knife and Sword, it seemed like a perfect set up. We took to the woods nearby and shot some fantastic images in the fading afternoon light. With a little photoshop work to boost the elf elements, and add a magical touch to the images, we've got an amazing entry in the Arcana series. Hopefully we'll have a new one to add to the mix in the next few weeks.
As always, more from our Arcana shoots can be seen on our Project Page and our Flickr Stream.
Our 16th entry in our Wonder Women series is our friend Hannah! I met Hannah years ago at a summer theater program, she was one of my best stage combat students, and I was thrilled to follow her adventures as she went into the world of photography. Her work is excellent, I hope she sticks with it. Hannah is also an accomplished musician and martial artist. When we had some time in the studio (the always excellent Union 206), we sent her a message and were very jazzed to hear she was interested in joining us.
For her Wonder Women wardrobe, Hannah brought with her a few dresses, including this lovely, flowy blue/green number. One shoulder with a lot of float and flow to it, it worked fantastically. Her sword selection is a katana we've used in a number of shoots before, including in the hands of Darling, from our Sucker Punched Series. Beautifully balanced, it was a gift, many years ago from a girlfriend who became my lovely wife, Abbi. The katana is most famous for being the primary weapon of the Japanese Samurai warriors. In Hannah's hands, it had the grace and poise deserving of such a heritage.
That puts us at 16 for our Wonder Women series. We'll see what the weather and our studio budget allows for. I'm hoping we can make it to 20 or more by the end of the year.
Our friend Nikisha has been a great supporter of our projects for a few years now and we're always excited to plan out a shoot with her. Decked out in a beautiful vintage black dress, Nikisha brought her A game to our sunset shoot in Old Town Manassas. Her choice from our armory was a single handed dueling saber made by the bladesmiths of Baltimore Knife and Sword. We picked that piece up at the Winter Wonderland Workshop several years ago. Adding in a fabulous sunset from Mother Nature herself, and we had ourselves a fantastic shoot. Great thanks to Nikisha, and her baby wrangler Marty.
Stay tuned for more entries in our Wonder Women series. Just a few months left in the year, but we're curious to see how many shoots we can manage to fit in. As always, to see more images from this series, visit it's page or check out our gallery on Flickr
DC Dancer and friend of many friends, Allison, joined us in the studio last week for some fresh headshots for upcoming auditions. We had a wonderful time meeting and shooting with Allison, she's got a great charm, a wonderful smile, and a infectious joy when she heard a dog in the neighboring studio. We're suckers for an adorable dog, too.
Fall auditions are ahead of us! Contact us today to book a session for new headshots!
Once Again! We return to Revel Grove, to one of our favorite places, the Maryland Renaissance Festival. It's truly one of our great annual joys, visiting the faire, seeing the friends we've made there, the food, the people watching, the food, the music, the outfits.....the food.....
It's a wonderful time, if you've not been, you really should go. Dress up, take the day, enjoy the food and the festivities. It's truly an exercise in letting yourself enjoy what's happening. The overwhelming factor in what you'll take away from Renn Faire is what you let yourself enjoy. There's no room for cynicism or eye rolling. It'll kill the day for you if you let yourself get caught up in how silly things are. We know, that's the point. Just have fun.
While you're there, make time to see Cu Dubh, and The Gwendolyn Show!
To see the full gallery of images we shot, check out our Facebook Page.
This weekend we took some time out of our schedule to get back into the groove and shoot something fun! Our dear friends, Keely and Lexy, joined us for some quick glamour and fashion shoots, giving us a chance to work in some new spaces and with some new light set ups. These women are spectacular people and we're honored they've come to work with us. We took some time and shot three different set ups with each woman.
Keely sat for us with a doorway implied nude set up, a hallway high-key set up, and an experimental set up in our new shower stall. We've not played with these spaces yet, and it was really interesting to watch the light play and how we can work with the bounce and reflecting surfaces.
We set Lexy up with a wonderful black dress set up with some soft, wide lighting, a long exposure speedlight boudoir set up, and a single light, high contrast lingerie shoot.
Both women were fantastic and wonderfully patient while we played with these set ups. We got some amazing images, our deepest thanks to both of them.
For more from these two amazing models, check out their galleries on Flickr: Keely and Lexy
Click on any image for a larger view or check out the full gallery on our Facebook Page
Just in time for the opening of the film, we managed to have an evening to shoot our twelfth of our Wonder Women series, featuring our friend Meaghan! Meaghan has been a great friend of ours for a few years now, working with us on our Masque series and our Sucker Punched 3 set.
For her turn with Wonder Women, Meaghan had a lovely heather grey dress with a halter neckline, black open-toed high heels, and was equipped with one of our hand-and-a-half broadswords from Baltimore Knife and Sword, featuring a leaf blade design. Meaghan wanted one of the big swords, and we were happy to oblige her.
Meaghan's background in crossfit makes her perfect for this series, the strong poses come so naturally to her. And as always, she's so much fun to work with. A little classic rock and a few suggestions on posing with the sword, and we've got another great set for Wonder Women.
Special thanks to our friend Samantha Kane for assisting us on this shoot, and to Drea Shank for providing hair and makeup assistance.
Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Kourtney. A newcomer to the FightGuy Photography portfolio, we met Kourtney when she was an undergrad in Iowa, taking classes at the Carnage in the Corn stage combat workshop. She's a lovely woman, and we're thrilled she was interested in joining us for this series. A short session at Union 206 on Saturday and we have another beautiful Wonder Women shoot on the books. We're so glad Kourtney had a good time shooting with us and we hope to work with her again in the future.
Back in Northern Virginia after a whirlwind trip to the Windy City! And, trust me, that's not just a clever name, it's really windy in Chicago. We spent a number of days exploring and visiting and hanging out with some lovely people. We got to visit the Baha'i Temple, which was just stunning. Words cannot express how beautiful that place is.
We got to visit the waterfront and we even managed to squeeze in a few for fun shoots!
First, our friend Tori Keeling met us at Ottolino Studio in the city for a double header of Masque and Wonder Women! Huge thank you to Tori for being such a great friend and a wonderful subject. She was every bit the professional, gorgeous woman we've come to know and cherish.
Later that day, we met up outside the Shedd aquarium with our friend Gabby Parrea to do what was by far, our windiest Wonder Women shoot ever! We had to get creative to keep her dress where it was supposed to be and our lights had to be entirely handheld. Gabby knocked it out of the park, posing with tomahawk and quarterstaff like a pro.
An enormous thank you to both ladies for their time, we sincerely hope we get to work with them again.
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!
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