My name is Brian and I’m a cosplay photographer.
In 2010, I decided to take my camera to a comic book convention in Houston, TX. This comic book convention, cleverly named Comicpalooza, exposed me to the world of Cosplay. Cosplay is the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game. I discovered an entire subculture that dedicates their time to the design and fabrication of costumes from pop culture. All of these cosplayers were walking around the convention and very eager to have their picture taken. Throughout the three days of the convention, I took many pictures, made new friends, and discovered that I really enjoyed taking pictures of cosplayers.
After the convention, I found myself with a new set of friends. They informed me that conventions take place in Texas year-round. Armed with this knowledge and a renewed interest in photography, I started attending comic book conventions all over Texas. At each convention, I made new friends and took more photos. I met other photographers and started following their blogs.
Eventually, I expanded my personal photography gear to include additional lenses, flashes, and diffusers. I utilized online training videos and articles to better understand photography and functions of my camera. Between conventions, I would go to parks, zoos, and the museum to practice on the animals and exhibits. My living room turned into a photography laboratory to experiment with light. My relatives suddenly found my camera pointed at them during each family gathering. The word photographer was firmly associated with my name.
At first, photography was a means to make new friends and an excuse to get out of the house. However, as the years have gone by, a sense of pride, accomplishment, and self-worth developed in me. Within the Texas and Louisiana cosplay community, many people like my photos and respect my work. There are artists who choose to work me exclusively because they appreciate my professionalism and results.
Photography is my hobby and I do it for fun. I shoot for free and will work with just about anyone, as long as you’re not a jerk.
I have one rule: If it’s not fun, it’s done.
“Couldn’t draw, bought camera!”
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