We are powering through the SP4 roster! How many shoots can we do? How fast can we do them? Let's find out, friends! Things are moving so smoothly I'm almost afraid to mention how smoothly things are going! With no further ado, we have 3 more SP4 characters on the roster and one group shoot!
Our first group shoot was a huge success! With new friendships made and amazing photos taken! Featuring Zahra, Poppy, Mercy, Syn, and Cordelia! Two returning characters and three new characters. Lots of great images to come from this shoot.
Right back in the studio after the group shoot, we had back to back shoots with two new models! First up was our friend, DC teacher and artist, Kathleen. Kathleen has been a fan of our work for a few years now, and we're thrilled we got to work with her on SP4.
Her character, Vega, was drawn from an idea that Kathleen brought to us, that we draw our power from the universe, we are part of the stars and the heavens. We worked that idea into a badass mystical warrior, with the starry sky under her cloak and her blades in her hands.
Sucker Punched 4 is full steam ahead! We've got 3 more shoots in the hopper and ready to rock! Three new characters coming your way in the next two weeks and a whole lot of characters right behind them! We're so happy with what we've gotten so far and can't wait to see what lies ahead!
Hey friends! Sucker Punched 4 is rolling right along and we've gotten three more shoots done! Two new characters and a returning character!
First up was our new friend, DC burlesque performer Rebella Blaze! We met Rebella through the casting process and we're so happy to have her on the team. She's a wonderful performer, a fantastic person and she believes wholeheartedly in the mission of Sucker Punched. Check out her page on Facebook for her work, and keep your eyes here, we'll be working with her again for sure!
Her character, Poppy, is one of our fantastic concepts we're glad we got to run with. Elements of circus and clowning brought us to her final look, totally inspired by Rebella's character ideas. Poppy is a fantastic addition to the Sucker Punched roster and we're thrilled to have her on board.
Second shoot! Our friend, Nikisha, who you may remember from her turn with Wonder Women, joined us in the studio to bring her mermaid-inspired character to life! We had a joke go around our friend group about Nikisha having a harpoon as part of her weapon package.... and then suddenly it didn't sound like that strange an idea... and then before the night was over, we had a Pinterest board full of fantastic ideas, and the shopping had begun!
Her final look came together fantastically and we're thrilled her Mermaid/Pirate hybrid character, Cordelia, is part of the SP4 team.
Third shoot! Returning from season 3 is our cyberpunk assassin character, Syn! Keely, following her turn in our Masque, Wonder Women, and Arcana shoots, jumped back into the (apparently really uncomfortable) boots and brought us another fantastic shoot. A few updates and upgrades to her outfit, a few new tattoos, and we have a fantastic new shoot for Sucker Punched 4!
Things are moving so fast around here we've hardly had time to stop and update you guys! Our first two Sucker Punched 4 shoots are done! We've had one new character added to the team and one returning character back for major upgrade!
First we had our friend and frequent Makeup Artist, Lexi, in the studio to break the seal on SP4 shooting! With her help, we brought her character Zahra to life! Lexi wanted to do a middle eastern theme, to pay tribute to her heritage, and we love how it turned out.
Next up! We had our friend Ilyana return from the west cost to bring her SP3 character, Mercy back to life! Major upgrades from her blue dress, this year decked out in a corset and jeans, with some upgraded weapons and armor.
Another fantastic shoot with Ilyana, as always, and our eternal gratitude to her for being part of this season of Sucker Punched!
There's lots more Sucker Punched 4 greatness coming your way, stay tuned!
Another beautiful day, another amazing Wonder Women shoot! Emma is one of our new friends, slated to be part of Sucker Punched 4, and we took some time to meet up with her in Crystal City and get some beautiful photos. For her Wonder Women series, she chose a full length blue dress from her wardrobe, and a pair of elven blades from Baltimore Knife and Sword, which we've had for years now, and were used by Syn in Sucker Punched 3, and in the Cavegirl Productions/Team JabberWocky short film, The Broken Continent.
Huge thanks to Emma for her time and talent. She's a great model and we're thrilled to work with her again. Stay tuned for her turn in Sucker Punched 4!
Another trip to the studio with a new model, Rebecca! Rebecca met us through our Sucker Punched 4 casting call and we're thrilled to have her on the team and as one of our friend. She's an extraordinary model, a woman of great beauty. She's fun, she's funny, she's a dancer, she teaches kickboxing, she's a former EMT (never know when that might be useful!), she's a former Miss Virginia contestant...she's quite a lady, is what I'm saying. And she was so much fun to work with in the studio, we've got her on our short list for other photography ideas!
Stay tuned for her set in Sucker Punched 4, too!
Huge thank you to Lexi Haddad for her makeup magic.
For more from Rebecca's Masque shoot, check out our Gallery Page
Back from a lovely day at the Virginia Renaissance Faire! A little rainy, but a good time was had by all. If you've not been, and you're a fan of Renn Faires, I suggest putting it on your calendar! Great performances by Vixen's En Guard, the Jackdaws, and The Rogues, lots of fantastic vendors, generally a great time. I'll let the photos do some talking, but a sincere thank you to the folks of VARF for putting together a great event.
Another SP4 model taking a sidetrack into our Wonder Women series! Kathleen is a DC area artistic performer, with a ton of dance training and years spent teaching. She's also a fantastic person and a wonderful subject to work with. We did a trio of set ups with her in a beautiful blue gown, gold heels, with one of our Baltimore Knife And Sword sabers in hand. Kathleen has a fantastic elegance about her, and we're thrilled he shared that with us.
Special thanks to Lexi Haddad for her beautiful makeup work.
We're looking forward to Kathleen's turn in SP4 (you guys are going to love her character concept!) and we hope to work with her again soon!
For more images from Kathleen's shoot or the rest of our Wonder Women series, check out our Gallery Page
While we wait for the SP4 costumes and props to be built and bought, we're spending a little time with the women of the project, getting to know them a bit more and fleshing out their character ideas. This evening we met up with our new friend, Cheska J, for a Wonder Women shoot. She did a fantastic job in a shoot that just didn't seem to work out. First we had a sudden turn in the weather, and then our remote light triggers were glitching for some reason. Never fear, we managed to make it work and create some fantastic shots together.
Cheska brought with her a beautiful velvet dress, a deep red/purple color. She chose from our armory a short blade we bought from Baltimore Knife and Sword a few years ago.
Great thanks to Cheska for her time, talent and easygoing nature in light of all the last minute troubles. We can't wait to see her turn in SP4.
Hello friends! We're thrilled beyond words to say that we've wrapped our Indiegogo fundraiser at a respectable 84% funded. Money will be transferred soon and we'll get started on Phase 3 - Costumes and Characters! All the details can be found in the video below! As always, a huge thank you to everybody who backed, shared, promoted, assisted and wished us well.
Update on Sucker Punched 4! We've opted to take a little more time to get our backers in. Watch the video for the full details and check out the IGG and sign up to become a backer here!
Good afternoon, everybody! Hopefully all our DC/Northern VA friends are taking some time to enjoy this amazing weather we're having! It is a beautiful weekend!
This is the start of the *last week* of our Sucker Punched 4 Indiegogo campaign. In an attempt to stir up some good natured competition, we're creating a contest! From now until the close of the campaign (just 7 days from now!), every backer can cast their allegiance to their Hogwarts house (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin, for the muggles in the audience), or a house of their choosing if they are among the Unsorted.
The house with the most backers at the end of the campaign will have their house colors immortalized on the SP4 Bonus Merch! Oh yes, there's always bonus merch. Last year we did Dog tags, the year before was silicone bracelets, but there's always something cool to say thank you to our generous backers. We've not yet settled on a design for this year, but we'll be sure it features the colors of the winning house! So don't delay!
Visit the project on Indiegogo and sign up to become a backer today! Win our version of the House Cup!
We've been blessed to have two amazing write ups for SP4 come across our laps today! First, today our friends at Pop Culture Uncovered, with the assistance of our very own Samantha Kane, wrote us a fantastic post about the series. Check it out and show them some love right back!
Second, and somehow we missed this a few weeks ago, the wonderful people at AfroPunk wrote a brilliant post that really nails what Sucker Punched is all about! Pay them a visit and show them some love, too!
We're really rolling now, Sucker Punched 4 is coming down to the wire for the IGG. If you want to support what we're up to and help us give RAINN a boost, check us out on Indiegogo and pick your backer level! We've got levels starting at just $5! Our $300 perk is your own personal portrait session with FightGuy Photography! We're offering merch and prints at all levels! It's a great project and a great cause, don't miss out! Every year we have people who meant to sign up but missed the deadline! Don't be that person! Sign up today!
Half time check-in on Sucker Punched 4! Last night we held a mighty fine shindig at the Auld Shebeen in Fairfax, VA. We got to have a in-house fundraiser for SP4 and RAINN during their weekly karaoke night and it was fantastic! A huge thank you to everyone who came out and learned a bit about the project. The raffle brought about $500 to the project and hopefully a few new fans in what we're up to. The Auld Shebeen staff and management were the best hosts we could ask for, helping us out at every turn and making the whole experience go smooth as silk.
Right now we're inches away from 30% funded with 75 backers! Beating the records set by SP3 is our next goal, and we need your help to do it! Just 9 more backers and $1730 to go!
Why do we do this project? Why should people care about what we're up to? Well a number of members of the team took a few minutes to chat with FightGuy Photo newcomer, Neka Marie, who put together an article for a site she contributes to, Quirktastic! One of the highlights of the article is this quote she pulled from our photographer and artistic director, Craig.
That's the essence of why we do what we do. It's about making a difference. One on one with the models, on a slightly larger scale with fans of our work, and on a much larger scale through RAINN.
I hope you'll check out the full project and consider signing up to be a backer. We're giving out a ton of merch, prints, and services in exchange for your support of SP4. It's not a donation (I mean, it can be, you don't have to sign up for a perk), it's ordering a piece of the project in advance! And, one distinct advantage you over over backers of previous seasons, you get to see the kind of quality work we do! We've got three seasons, over 40 photoshoots, 25 characters to look back on!
Don't hold back, join our team and help us do a little good and make a lot of art! The full Indiegogo project can be found here. Be sure to check out the update tab for more information on perks and the models of SP4. A huge thanks to everyone who's taken time to be part of the project in the past, and a pre-emptive thank you to everyone who joins us from here on out.
Last Thursday we took some time to work with our friend Alani again! You may remember Alani from a test shoot we did with her a while back and her amazing little black dressed Wonder Women shoot. We knew that Masque would be a great theme for her, and we decided to really go for it and do three different looks and set ups with her. Alani did an amazing job, switching between looks and putting together some beautiful and sexy outfits to work with. I've always said, the magic exists right at the far edge of your comfort zone, and Alani really took that to heart with her bold choices. Huge thanks to Alani and to the Union 206 staff for hosting us.
Look for more from Alani in Sucker Punched 4! She's one of 21 new characters we will be adding to the team!
After two rounds of technical difficulties with the Indiegogo platform, we are up and running! We've got 35 days to raise our goal! 26 Models, around 30 shoots, plus travel and expenses brought our goals way up from previous years, but with your help we can crush these goals, make a beautiful photo series, and made a huge splash for the people at RAINN!
You can join our backer team at http://igg.me/at/sp4
We've got a huge array of perks this time around! As always, we're offering prints, calendars, and photobooks from the series, but we've also got some new great perks! Pocket knives! Digipacks! Custom Thank Yous and shout out! Don't miss out! Join the team today!
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