As promised a few weeks ago, we have an amazing shoot with Melanie! Her character, Haven, has one of the most interesting back stories I've heard, and we are just in love. A little cyber punk, a little modern magic, a lot of roughed up, grungy elements.... we love it. Haven is a badass warrior woman and... I'm not going to give it away just yet. We're saving back stories for when the gallery goes live. You'll just have to wait.
After a few adjustments from her fitting and a lot of distressing of various elements, the look for Haven came together really well. Melanie brings a huge reservoir of energy and movement training with her into the studio, and it shows. Shout out to Abbi, for the design for the shield, it looks awesome.
We've already started working on some ideas for more shoots with Melanie, so expect to see lots more of her in the future.
Next, but not, for a change, on the same day, we shot with Maecy Richardson! Maecy blew us away during her test shoot and we knew we needed to have her in the project. She's got this amazing bubbly energy and she comes highly recommended by Ilyana, who you may remember as Mercy from SP3 and 4. Maecy put her total faith in us to come up with a kick ass character for her, and we went to the well and came back with an Appleseed inspired, SWAT character, loaded up with modern weapons and armor. I think we did quite well, all things considered. Maecy asked for some golden highlights and we were all too happy to oblige her.
Only 4 solo shoots left! Counting down til the end of SP4!
Another wonderful trip to the Maryland Renn Fest! A wonderful time was had by all, much great food and many great shows. If you haven't visited yet, you really should. It's a wonderful time, the shows are top notch, the food is... well some of it is amazing! The vendors have amazing crafts for sale, it's a really great time. Plus you might get your picture taken by one of the many wonderful photographers that frequent the faire.
ONE trip to the studio, TWO amazing SP4 shoots. We're really moving smoothly through this season and I could not be happier with the images we're putting together.
First up we had Orisen cosplay join us for her character, Ash! The theme for this character took a few turns on the way to this final incarnation. What started as a 1930s, Agent Carter kind of vibe ended at Grecian demi-god. I'm not sure how we went from one to the other, but the final product looks amazing. Alexa made the vast majority of her outfit, the dress, the belt, the headdress.... and they looked amazing. With a little more time, I have no doubt she would have taken it upon herself to make the sword, trident AND lightning effects.
Her character looks amazing, and gives me a chance to play with some new Photoshop effects, which I'm always grateful for.
Next up Emma, who you might remember from her Wonder Women shoot, joined us to make her character, Marlo leap off the drawing board. This character was inspired by vibes of Catwoman, Shadowrun, the movie Equilibrium, The Matrix.... and it's a pretty cool look. Emma brought us a lot of awesome ideas and we got to work and shape them into a fantastic character for her. Coupled with Emma's dance background, we had another case of almost too many good photos! Some of the outfits lend themselves to a "with/without" option, and Emma's many props and the jacket gave us a lot of combinations to work with.
In any event, she did a great job and we're thrilled with how both shoots turned out. Lots more photos in the works, and group shoots for these two warrior women!
Our first blessed trip to the Maryland Renaissance Festival this weekend! The first time we've ever been at opening weekend! Lots of great shows, lots of great friends, both old and new, lots to see and love. The Renn Faire really is our happy place, we get so much joy out of shooting there, watching the amazing shows (Like the wonderful singers of Sirena), and making new friends. If you see us there, say hi! I promise we are super friendly!
Well, that was quite a week! Wow! The FightGuy Photography team took a quick road trip up to Chicago with two specific purposes in mind. First, we were thrilled to be shooting engagement photos for our dear friends, Caitlin and Jim, who we simply do not get to see enough. Second, we were picking up our next SP4 model, the fantastic stuntwoman and actor, Gabrielle Perrea! You may remember Gabby from our last trip up to Chicago, when we got a chance to do an amazing Wonder Women shoot with her in the (windy!) Museum Campus in Chicago. After that amazing shoot, we had to see if we could get her into SP4! Thankfully we made it work and we had a little mini road trip to pick her up and make some magic happen. We got to spend a ton of awesome time with Gabby, talking about random life stuff, sharing stories, and putting together 4 different shoots! First, we did a two look boudoir shoot with her in our mid-point hotel room (it's a long drive), which was awesome. Gabby was really excited to do something sexy and fun and she brought some amazing energy, we almost got too many great photos!
Next up we did a set of headshots /promotional images for Gabby, which she was super easy to work with. It's always refreshing to work with professionals who have modelling experience, everything just flows. We both speak the same language and everything just makes sense.
Third up, we shot her SP4 character! Gabby put a ton of thought into her wild woman warrior character, Tazmania, and everything clicked really beautifully. Abbi's makeup job was off the hook, and our shoot flowed together fantastically. One of our easiest shoots, no doubt.
Fun fact, Gabby is a professional axe thrower and coach to aspiring axe throwers!
Our fourth and final shoot with Gabby was her SP4 group shoot! We got Rebecca, Evelyn, Alani, and our special guest from Season 2, Ally, to join us for an epic photo set. Huge thanks to all these ladies, especially Ally, for joining us for this set. It was awesome. Only had time to edit the preview shot, so stay tuned for further images from this shoot.
Above and beyond all else, thanks to Gabby for taking a huge chunk of time out of her life to go on a road trip and mini-vacation to DC with some folks she doesn't really know all that well, all in service of this project and the mission to support RAINN.
With a project this big, we don't get much time away from it! Two more Sucker Punched solo shoots are in the can!
First up was our new friend, model and artist, Cheska J! We met Cheska through our amazing friend Lexi (who you might remember from her character, Zahra, and her Wonder Women shoot with us) and we're so glad we did! Cheska has an amazing presence and she's immensely fun to work with. She's also set a new record for the Sucker Punched series, at 4'10", she is officially our shortest SP model.
Cheska came to us with a few ideas, and we worked with her to figure out a great wasteland warrior look, something straight out of Mad Max, or the Fallout video game series. She made herself an amazing top, based on some ideas we spotted around the web, but could not in any way afford. (How ironic is it that wasteland fashion is so incredibly expensive?). Her character, Jaz, is a brilliant combination of our ideas, and really shines in this photo series.
We're looking forward to more shoots with Cheska, in the meantime, follow her on Instagram @hicheska
Our next shoot, the very same day, was with Evelyn of Mays Create Cosplay. Her concept was heavy on the punk rock, lots of leather, with some thigh high boots. We loved it. She also wanted to work her background in chemistry into the mix, which we were all too happy to figure out. We put together this sniper/chemical weapons/explosive expert outfit that is really awesome. Not going to lie, making that C4 explosive prop was one of the more uncomfortable prop making experiences I've had. Prop guns are one thing, a prop bomb is something else.
Huge thanks to Evelyn for having so much fun with her character concept and bringing her A game to the studio. For more from the Mays Create team, check them out on Facebook.
Shout out to the team at Preferred Arms Theatrical Weapon Rentals, for providing us with both long guns for these shoots, the historical machine gun for Jaz, and the sniper rifle for Honey. If you're in need of prop weapons, they are the place to go!
And now for something different! Taking a small break from Sucker Punched 4 shoots to do a proper test shoot with Melanie, as we missed out on that due to scheduling conflicts during our casting session. We met up with Melanie at the studio, she got to try on her SP4 outfit (just a few adjustments and it'll be perfect!) and we got her all glammed up for a Wonder Woman shoot!
As we suspected, Melanie is a great model and a lot of fun to work with. She's a stuntwoman and a very dedicated movement professional, and it shows in her posing and collaborative mindset. We got some amazing photos from her shoot, some of my absolute favorites of the series and we can't wait to see how she brings that same energy to her SP4 shoot, and hopefully many other shoots thereafter.
Back for more! We've had a wonderful pair of shoots with our longtime friend, stuntwoman Sabreena Candreva! Up from Atlanta to join in on the mayhem and madness once more, Sabreena had just one request this time around, she asked for a bigger sword. Something bigger than the 42 inch bastard sword from my collection that she used in Sucker Punched 3. We made some calls, and as it turns out, we have some amazing friends at the Baltimore Knife and Sword forge, who loaned us this... massive....epic...gargantuan (I love that word, but I so rarely get to use it in a sentence) sword! It certainly fits the bill for being bigger than last year's blade.
Also! Sabreena made her scalemail armor herself over the past few months! While we loved the piece that was loaned to us by Gorgeous Chain last time, Sabreena wanted to try her hand at making something epic for her character, and it was spot on perfect. Huge thanks to Sabreena for her time and craft, because it looks amazing.
For more of our work with Sabreena, check out her gallery on Flickr.
Immediately following Sabreena's shoot, and I mean like... a half hour later, we jumped right into our next Sucker Punched 4 group shoot! Featuring Sabreena, Nikisha, Rebecca and Sami! We don't have anything but a preview image from that shoot, we've been so busy trying to catch up on solo shoots! But rest assured, the ladies in question were amazing and we got some fantastic shots. Stay tuned for lots more Sucker Punched greatness! We've got a lot more models ready to show off their amazing characters!
Hello friends! Another update from the magical land of Sucker Punched 4! We're moving right along with this series, as big and epic as it is, we've got loads of images shot and the shoots just keep on coming!
We had Rebecca Scruggs, EMT, former pagent model, and all around swell person join us for the creation of her cyber-punk warrior, Punkie! Rebecca asked if she could have a motorcycle in her shoot, and after making a few phone calls, we were pleased to give her a resounding yes! Rebecca is a wonderful model and we've really been just pleased as punch to have her as a friend and person of interest in this series. She's one of our #ActualAmazons, at 5 foot 10, with lots of fitness and martial arts training under her belt. Did we mention she's an EMT? She's got some amazing stories from her time on the Boo Boo Bus!
For more of our work with Rebecca, check out the set she did for our Masque series.
Very shortly after Rebecca's run as Punkie, we had another of our Actual Amazon's in the studio. Mallory Denison is 6 feet of horse riding, crossfit training power. She's also awesome and super sweet and we love hanging out with her.
Her character, Ryah, was inspired by a combo of High Fantasy elements (think Lord of the Rings, Dungeons and Dragons, or Wizards First Rule) and her Native American heritage. She looks great in red, and with those shoes on, Mallory was 6 foot 5 inches tall! Abbi needed a stepladder whenever she had to adjust the hood!
Mallory is another spectacular addition to the Sucker Punched series and we're thrilled she took the time to be part of the action. You can see more of her work with us in her Wonder Women shoot.
Next we got to shoot with our wonderful friend, DC actor and performance artist, Ms. Alani Kravitz. You may remember Alani from her amazing Wonder Women and Masque shoots with us. Well she managed to top them with her SP4 character, Ruby. She had this wonderful Victorian concept that we just ran with, playing with layers and lace and bold colors. She looks amazing and her shoot was so much fun! Shout out to the blacksmiths of Baltimore Knife and Sword for that amazing saber she's working with.
We've got a lot more shoots, already booked and planned out! Stay tuned for some new images of some amazing characters! As always, lots of love to our backers and fans!
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.
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