Hello friends! We are thrilled to announce that we have written the first chapter of our newest photography project, Pantheon.
Pantheon is a set inspired by mythology from all over the world. Using the stories and imagery of the gods, heroes, and monsters from antiquity, we will pull modern, classic, and abstract interpretations of these characters.
For our first entry in the series, we have Nikisha back once more, donning the persona of Hera.
Hera, Queen of the Gods and Goddesses. Often recognized by her majestic beauty and solemn demeanor, Hera was the protector of women and ruled as the goddess of marriage and birth. She was also known for being the driving force behind the seasons and weather as well as watching over the starry skies and heavens.
Hera was both a daughter and wife to Zeus and was extremely jealous of his many other lovers and offspring. Often enraged at Zeus due at his extramarital affairs and illegitimate children, Hera regularly punished any husband who wronged his wife. There was no being who did not fear her wrath, even Zeus himself. It is not uncommon to see this vengeful goddess accompanied by peacocks as she regarded them as sacred beings. Her love of pomegranates is echoed in the offerings presented to her in various temples across Greece.
Here, we see a powerful leader capable of anything and everything. Hera will take what she deems as rightfully hers without a care in the world and does it so casually as she sips wine. Do not be fooled by her beautiful features and presence. She may be known as a creator, but she is happy to destroy. When she was free of Zeus, she forged the golden chains that bound her into beautiful armor.
Stay tuned for lots more shoots in this series. We already have 2 on the books for April, and lots of ideas for shoots after that!
Ladies and gentlemen, after a great deal of work, we've come to the release of the web pages and print gallery for Sucker Punched 4! Check out the pages here on FightGuy Photography for information on all the different models and characters, and visit our Shootproof gallery to buy prints, posters, and photo books. The sale of any SP4 related product benefits RAINN, in their quest to fight for survivors of sexual violence.
With a project as big as Sucker Punched 4, we've got to adjust as things change. We spent almost a year from the first casting call announcement to the last photoshoot, so we had to make adjustments as availability changes and we're incredibly blessed to have a team that works with us. With one more spot to fill out our model set, our friend Ally joined us for a full upgraded shoot. Ally was a model in Sucker Punched 2, joined us for a group shoot in Sucker Punched 3, and is now back with an upgrade in Sucker Punched 4. Her character, Polly, is a lot of fun to work with and we were really excited we had a chance to give her a proper second run. Immense thanks to Ally for her time, to Preferred Arms for renting us her pistols, to Abbi for her makeup design, and to Union 206 for giving us a last minute space to work in.
That brings us to a wrap with 24 models and six group shoots! It's been an epic season, way bigger than anything we've done in the past. Now we will wrap up the design on books, calendars, and digital perks. We'll batch order our backer prints, and have our gallery up for the purchasing of additional prints at http://fightguyphoto.shootproof.com Be sure to check out the gallery and help us in our mission to support RAINN! Proceeds from all Sucker Punched related sales goes to RAINN!
Back in the studio after joining us for Wonder Women and Sucker Punched 4, Cheska sported some beautiful blue hair for her Masque shoot! We love working with Cheska and she was wonderful in her Masque shoot. She's got this phenominal playful quality about her that she brings to every shoot, and we love every minute of it. Here's to many more shoots with Cheska!
Emma Earnest is a DC based artist of many disciplines. We met her about a year ago at a stage combat workshop in Maryland, and have been following her work for a while. When given the chance to shoot with her, we were all in. Emma is a fantastic model: bold, creative, and easy to work with. Her Masque shoot was a concept I've been working on for a long time, but didn't have the model that fit the theme quite right. Until Emma, obviously. She nailed it, hitting poses and working with our court sword, fencing mask, and jacket.
We will absolutely be shooting with Emma again, just you wait!
Shout out to Preferred Arms Theatrical Weapon Rental for the rental of that mask and jacket. They are the place to go for all your prop weapon needs!
Back at the studio for a double header! You may remember Melanie from her turn in Wonder Women and Sucker Punched 4. Well she's back! She was in need of some new headshots and promotional images, and we were more than happy to help her out. While we had her in the studio, we also go in a 2 look shoot for our Masque series. Melanie is a wonderful person and a great subject. We have so much fun working with her and wish her all the best in whatever projects these photos can help her get.
Nikisha was looking for some family photos of her and her son, Hunter. We happily set her up with a studio shoot, and had a blast chasing the little guy around! We don't usually shoot with subjects so young, so it was quite a challenge for us. We got some lovely pictures, and spent the 2nd half of our shoot working with Nikisha on some new portrait and glamour light set ups.
(Before you ask, Nikisha has asked us not to post pictures of her son on our media, just trust us, he's adorable!)
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It's always a great time shooting with Nikisha, and we can't wait til the next time.
If you're looking for family or glamour shoots of your own, contact us today to hear about rates and specials.
If I could mail order weather, I would order what we had for this wedding for every wedding we shoot. Stephanie and Nate got married on a beautiful fall day in October, surrounded by friends and family, on a magnificent farm property in Northern Virginia. Elegant simplicity was the order of the day, and these two pulled it off fantastically. Classic and timeless choices made all around, it was a beautiful ceremony and reception, filled with laughter, good music, adorable dogs, and general merriment.
Our deepest thanks to Stephanie and Nate for including us in their big day. It was wonderful working with them and meeting the fantastic people they surround themselves with. We wish them all the best in their new life together.
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Another shoot with the amazing GC-Chan Cosplay, her concept, her idea, together we made the magic happen.... so to speak.
With the spooky season upon us, it was definitely time to hit the studio and get something seasonal shot. GC had just the plan, with a huge amount of props and ideas for her set. We've got so many great photos, which will ultimately be available through her Patreon page, be sure to sign up to support her work! If it tickles your fancy, you can also support us on Patreon too, and help us fund some of the artistic projects you see here.
GC Is an amazing model and we've always gotten amazing shots with her. Looking forward to the next series we work on with her!
Now that SP4 is almost wrapped, look forward to more Masque, Arcana, Wonder Women, and a few new ideas to pop up around here!
We are closing in on the finish line! With this solo shoot, featuring the return of Bernadette Bentley as Glitz, we have wrapped our solo shoots for this season of Sucker Punched! Just one or two more group shoots to close out this season.
We are so thrilled to have Bernadette back with us for this series, she's just a joy to work with and her professionalism, creativity, and costume work are just on point! A few fancy upgrades to her character, and we were ready to roll! As always, a huge thanks to Bernadette for taking the time to be part of Sucker Punched. Hopefully we will see her again soon and get her in another one of our creative endeavors.
I must say, it has been a really great season at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Lots of great shows, lots of wonderful friends, and the weather has been fairly cooperative on the days we've made it down. If you get a chance, be sure to buy tickets in advance and go *early*. Earlier than you think you need to. Traffic will kill your day if you let it!
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Because we are clearly crazy.... not really, it's mostly a matter of scheduling. In an effort to get everything lined up for our next batch of SP4 greatness, we first did a double header shoot with our new friends Caitlyn and Lena, then a solo shoot with Christina, then a group shoot with all three of those ladies, plus Melanie from just a few weeks ago! It was a really fun series of shoots, no doubt about that.
First up we had our friend Caitlyn join us from her life on the road. Caitlyn is a stuntwoman, most recently working for the Marvel Live stunt show as Nebula! She messaged us in the middle of that tour to say she wanted to be on the SP4 team, and she came highly recommended from some of our friends in the stunt and fight world. We are so glad we brought her onto the team, because she's the best! She's so much fun to work with and hang out with and her energy is infectious in the best possible way. It's really wonderful working with such a gifted and experienced physical performer, Caitlyn has an amazing awareness of her body and the space around her and put so much character into her post apocalyptic warrior, Tink. We dearly hope to see her again soon, hopefully our travels will allow us to cross paths.
Next up our new friend, cosplayer extraordinaire, Ms. Lena Volkova, joined us to create her character, Lucy. In another show of brilliance from the SP4 team, Lena made most of her outfit. That kimono top was all hand made by her, just for this shoot. It's amazing! Her character is a fantastic melding of classic and modern, with lots of her personal touches thrown in, just the way we like it. Be sure to follow her on Facebook and Instagram to catch all the amazing projects she's involved in, including the Cosplay Cast, a weekly podcast on the weird and wild world of cosplay. She's got tons of tips and information to share, be sure to give her a follow!
Third shoot for the weekend, Ms. Christina Choi, dc model and artist, joined the team through our casting call and put together a fun and exciting character concept. Mixing and matching some very avante garde images and ideas, we came up with her character, Akiko. A warrior with claws and psionic abilities, her outfit is a little rave, a little comic book, a little S&M... and it works. It's a great look for the SP4 crew and was really fun to shoot with.
We are almost at the end! Just one more solo shoot and possibly 2 more group shoots before Sucker Punched 4 wraps! It's been a great ride, and we are so grateful to all the amazing people who've helped make it happen. Huge thank you to our models, our backers, and our fans.
Stay tuned here to see the wrap up happen!
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!
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