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 first Katsucon and it was a blast! Two and a half day at the Gaylord Convention Center, meeting some amazing people and shooting photos of amazing outfits. It's a fantastic place to be. We're not the most versed in new Anime or Video Games so we mostly spent the days walking around saying "Wow! I have no idea what that is, but it looks amazing!". We have no talent for building costumes and props and nothing but the utmost respect for those that do.
Overall it's a really solid event. Lots of great panels, tons of amazing vendors on the vendor floor (Including several of our favorites, like Gorgeous Chain and Crimson Chain Leatherworks, who always seem to get a serious chunk of our money when we hit the con circuit.) The Gaylord Convention Center is a fantastic backdrop for the event, and while it might get seriously crowded with the sea of cosplayers, gives us a ton of fantastic spots to shoot amazing photos. And the unseasonably warm weather this year was a major bonus for us, we could easily duck outside and take advantage of it. Katsucon Staff was a little under trained, but generally a friendly and on point group of people. We are certainly putting this one on our calendar for next year. Hopefully after a few crash courses on the latest popular video games and anime.
We got to meet and briefly shoot with such amazing cosplayers as Nasty Woman Cosplay, Katt Noir, Crystalharted, Keren Lin Cosplay, Cassie Fray, Alanaleilani, Cami Cosplay, Mohrigan Cosplay, Jazzy Cosplay, Teensie bug, Envy Us, Neocoolstar Cosplay, and so many more! For the full run, check out our gallery on our Facebook Page.
Abbi got to meet her cosplay and modeling idol, Vivid Vivka, who was super sweet! Flying in from LA to attend her first Katsu and she was just the best!
We were blessed to meet up with Viva Valentina Thursday evening and Ms Dana Belle on Friday for a pair of quick boudior shoots. We've been big fans of these cosplay models for a while now and it was wonderful to get to hang out and shoot with them for a bit. We're already planning future meet ups to get more shoots done. Two extraordinary women, both fantastic, striking models.
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