Saturday, October 13, 2018

2018 Sinister Creature Con

Author: Luke Cheng

Sinister Creature Con is among us today and tomorrow, and it's the perfect time of year for a horror themed event. I've been really impressed with how Sinister Creature Con has grown year after year, and it is one of my most anticipated cons that I look forward to attending each time it comes around. As it turns out, Sacramento has its fair share of horror fans, and the fans packed the event hall to check out all the ghoulish items on display and for sale.

The items for sale aren't your typical Halloween store low quality fare. The vendors at Sinister Creature Con sell amazingly detailed items - many delicately hand-crafted with hours of work put in. You won't find a selection of stuff like this anywhere else. It's seriously impressive! And I kept hearing people around the event saying how much stuff they really wanted to buy! Oh, if only we all had more money! I did, however, end up getting a few choice items that I'm very happy with! So I'm glad I didn't come away empty handed.

The entire show was packed with people, and it was actually quite hard maneuvering around the showroom. I went light - just carrying one camera and a small gimbal - but even that felt like a bit much with the tight spaces. Though it felt crowded, that's a good thing for an event as it shows the engagement the public has with the show.

Like every year, there were horror make-up artists on site making people look scary. This is one of the only shows in Sacramento that I see these transformations actually happen on-site. I love watching someone begin the process and then come back later to see how much they actually changed. These guys are seriously good at what they do!

The cosplay and gory make-up was on-point everywhere you looked. My personal favorite was this one above. As she peeled back her lower mask you could see the bloody skin stick to her face. It was really an awesome thing to behold. Kudos to her for making this happen!

Up at the front of the stage cosplayers got a chance to show off their cosplay and make-up. Many cons and events such as these have something similar, but I love that this gives an opportunity for people to really show off what they were able to accomplish.

I was asked to do just one shoot today before I left for the evening, and that was for Beetlejuice and Lydia. Lydia looked especially elegant and just like the character in the movie! Just check out that dress! Crazy stuff. I had to shoot this with an ultra-wide lens as my main lens got a little dirty on-site. I think the look actually was quite good with this different angle of view!

Sinister Creature Con was a ton of fun, and a great event for all ages to enjoy. With special guests, great vendors, and a fun environment, this con is one that you should definitely not miss if you're in the Sacramento area. Check out more of my photos on my main site by CLICKING HERE.

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