Author: Luke Cheng
This past Tuesday I met up with Munstress, a cosplayer out of Sacramento. She was looking for cosplay photographers around Sacramento and I came up! We got in contact with each other and booked a date for a photoshoot. Munstress is a huge fan of Guilty Gear Xrd so she cosplayed Ramlethal Valentine from the game. It was awesome to meet and work with her today - I really love meeting cosplayers from around the Sacramento area!
Everything about Munstress' cosplay was awesome and she looked great in it. Munstress wanted to go with either an industrial background or something with a lot of trees. Being out of Davis, I went with the tree background. We actually shot in the same location that I shot the light and dark elves a little while back. I like to frequent the same location so that I can really get a good rapport with the environment. I find that when you do that, you get more comfortable and creative with the scenery.
Not only did I shoot Munstress in her cosplay, I also was able to feature her hand-made prop from the game. I've said it before, but having props and extras to go with a cosplay really does bring it to life. I asked Munstress how she made this particular piece. If you're interested in hearing, she talks a little bit about it in the video I put together on this shoot.
It was an absolute pleasure working with Munstress. She was open to suggestions posing around the area we were in. I highly recommend that you find her on Instragram (@munstress). Besides cosplay she does other modeling as well. Hopefully we'll be able to get together and do another shoot real soon!
For this shoot I used the brand new Sony a9. It's a lower resolution camera than the Sony a7rii, but it is MUCH easier to work with. The a9 was a joy to shoot. The camera was quick and responded well every single time I needed it to. This camera is upping the game for Sony in comparison to their Canon and Nikon counterparts. There is no other camera like the a9, and I'm glad to be one of the early adopters of it!
Check out my gallery of photos from this photoshoot by CLICKING HERE. Also be sure to watch my video below!