Author: Luke Cheng
One of my favorite cosplayers contacted me yesterday and asked if we could do a quick shoot. She was debuting a new Princess Leia cosplay at a special event earlier in the morning and was wondering if I had some time to take some photos. Luckily, I had some open time and we were able to get together. If you don't know, November Cosplay (aka Carla) always has the most beautiful cosplays of iconic characters. Her Disney and Star Wars (which I guess is Disney too) inspired cosplays are spot on and a sight to behold. In fact, they always attract attention whenever we do shoots. People just seem to be drawn to them!
We shot in downtown Sacramento near the main convention center. It was an extremely hot day to shoot, but the heat and weather isn't something you can control so we just had to accept the un-ideal shooting conditions. I was wearing short sleeves and a shirt, and I was sweating and hot. Carla was the trooper though as she had all the components of her cosplay on in this crazy hot day. She had some magnificent poses and channeled Leia perfectly. We were able to capture some great images today even though we only shot in two basic locations. For this shoot I used a simple set-up. It was just a speed light in a softbox triggered wirelessly by the camera. This set-up has been working really well and giving me well-lit subjects with satisfying results.
If you are not following @novembercosplay on Instagram, do yourself a favor and check out her images there. It'd be wise to give her a follow! I also have a few pics of this shoot up on my own account @cosplay_of_sacramento. If you're interested in seeing all the photos from our little mini shoot there is a link for you below. As it's the summer, I have free time to shoot cosplay! Let me know if you'd like to get together with me for a shoot of your own. I'd love to talk with you about your cosplay and get a gallery of you up on my page. Let's shoot!
Here's the mini gallery of the Princess Leia shoot, CLICK HERE.