As promised, part 2 of our Sucker Punched AMA video is up and ready for viewing. Thanks to everyone who sent us questions, and keep your eyes open for more from the Sucker Punched team, as we countdown the last 2 weeks of our casting call!
There's still time! If you'd like to be considered for a part in Sucker Punched 4, scroll down just a bit, check out the casting call questions and send us a message with your info!
Thank you to everyone who submitted questions for us to field! We got so many great questions that we had to break the video down into two parts! Part two will drop next monday, Feb 5th!
Reminder that the casting call for SP4 is open until Feb 15th. For more information, scroll down just a wee bit and you'll see our blog post on it!
Lots of love, everybody, we're very excited about starting this season of Sucker Punched!
Fans far and wide, we are thrilled to announce we are lighting the beacons and opening up the casting call for a 4th installment to our Sucker Punched series! It's all broken down in the video above, but for those of you who are more into the text version, here's where things are going.....
This is an open casting call that we're running for the next 30 days. Our first two seasons we had lots of people contacting us after we'd booked all our models, so this time we're going to put the word out and leave the message box open for a bit. Anyone who's interested in being one of our models can apply. If you've messaged us about being in the series in the past, please feel free to resubmit. Contact us through our Contact Us page here on our site, or message us on Facebook.
When you message us, include.....
What is required from our Sucker Punched Models?
It's not a huge load of work, but it is a serious commitment. Once we get rolling with the project, we need to know that the people who've come on board will be there for the long haul. It breaks down like this....
As always, the goal of this project is to raise money and support for RAINN, and right now, with the way things are going, it's more important than ever to support victims of sexual assault and abuse. RAINN is the national leader in this front, working tirelessly to help on all levels, from the 24 hour support line to working with lawmakers across the country. 10% of our funds go to RAINN, not 10% of the profits, not 10% of what's left over. RAINN gets the first cut once the crowdsourcing ends, then they get 10% of any merch sales once shooting is done.
One final note, we're taking things in a bit of a different direction this year. I know that the country right now is reaching a critical point in how we approach gun ownership, gun control and the nature of gun culture. In the past, we've tried to stay true to our inspirational material and keep the fantasy violence in that genre. This year we're opening up the floodgates on our concepts and will be creating characters that have a much wider range of abilities and equipment. Last year we had two characters who were firearm free, Ivy and Fiona. For Sucker Punched 4, we're going even farther, creating characters with supernatural abilities, fantasy weapons, and sci-fi equipment. While I've always believed that fantasy violence is a distinct entity from real life violence, I understand how my work can be interpreted as very pro-firearm, and I'm more than willing to be flexible on this point. For season 4, we'll be mixing things up a lot and playing with some new character concepts and ways to interpret our Dream Warriors concept. We're really looking forward to expanding our concept and seeing where this takes us.
Thanks for checking us out, we hope we'll hear from you soon!
Sucker Punched 4 logo created by Jeph "Topspinthefuzzy" Ledrew
What will likely be our final shoot of 2017, we gave our friend Gillian, of GC-Chan Cosplay, a call. We were hoping to get to 20 entries in our Wonder Women series by the end of the year, and Gillian was the perfect person to help us bring it home. We got a great set of images out of a quick strobist shoot in Crystal City. We were hoping to shoot somewhere new, but the weather decided to be, while warm, very uncooperative.
Gillian had this magnificent blue and gold dress that looked simply amazing on her. I believe she said it was her prom dress a little while ago.... Paired with our bronze guard Agincourt broadsword, it looked amazing. This sword was the 2nd sword I ever bought, back in high school, and I'm glad we had it on hand.
Huge thank you to Gillian for her time, expect to see lots more of her in the future.
Ms. Phillips-Brown is back! Her Masque set earlier this year was amazing, she took to the studio so naturally and we got some stunning images. Naturally we had to invite her to join us for Wonder Women. The weather was not terribly cooperative this week, but we made a few calls and found a wonderful space in Fairfax that was willing to let us shoot there for a bit.
Anna showed up with an amazing silver scale dress, something that I imagine Wonder Woman herself would choose for a formal event. She's changed her hair from the beautiful sliver, to a rich brunette tone, which we just loved. It gave us some fantastic tones in the natural light of our space. From our collection of blades, Anna chose a single handed broadsword with a leaf blade, made by the fantastic smiths of Baltimore Knife and Sword. It all came together wonderfully, with the sword, the dress, and Anna herself just shining wonderfully for us. Our deepest thanks to Anna for being such a great subject for us. We look forward to having a chance to work with her again soon.
Some of you may remember Olivia way back from our Concrete Elegance: Red series, when she stepped in at the last minute to fill in for another model, and really saved our butts. She's back! We contacted her about our Wonder Women series and she was in! She brought a beautiful, full-length black dress and a fur shrug to meet us at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA. The late morning light and the gardens themselves gave us a beautiful backdrop for Olivia to play in. She chose a custom swept hilt rapier from the swordsmiths of Rogue Steel. I've had this piece in my collection for many years now, it's a beautiful design and wonderfully balanced.
A touch on the cold side, but we got some amazing images. Huge thank you to Oliva for her time and talent. We'll have to shoot with her again soon, she's a lovely woman and she works so well with the camera.
Really enjoying this mild weather we've been having! The lovely temperatures got us up and moving for our 4th Arcana shoot. The fabulous Samantha Kane of Nasty Woman Cosplay joined up and we created the look and setups for our Bokor! A bokor is a Voodoo sorcerer for hire who is said to serve the loa 'with both hands', practicing for both good and evil. Our designs and setups are based more in myth and fiction than in any specific belief system, but I think we really nailed the look down perfectly. A little photoshopping for effects here and there and we made some really magical shots (pun intended!).
This brings us to 4 Arcana shoots! They take a bit longer than most of our other projects, so we run them a lot less often, but it's a wonderfully fun project and we've got a lot more plans in the works. To see what we've pulled off so far, check out our Arcana Page.
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
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