Cosplay Professional Photography Sessions

Welcome Cosplayers!!!

Thank you for your support.  Thru the years I have had the pleasure to work with so many talented cosplayers.  Some of my most favorite work in my professional career has been with cosplayers.  I love the creativity and passion that goes into the work.  As with any craft there are those that really put a heck of a lot of work and money into this passion outlet.  I am here to capture your work in a way you can show it off to the world.  You can see some of my cosplay work here.
 

As a professional, that means not only from a business perspective (licensing, insurance, agreement, taxes etc) but from how I carry myself on a shoot. When you hire me for a session, you are a client and treated as such (tho i might also think of you as a friend).  What it takes on my end is a creative eye, connection, great communication with you also gear and lighting, helping you with your posing, and then post processing your images. I also always have a backup camera and lights in case something happens.  And it has.   Ultimately, I am in service to you. My goals for our session together is to wow you and give you images you are proud to display.

Collaboration

To create the best images and have a successful session, this requires a true collaborative effort.  What does that mean?  In order to capture your amazing work, it is good to make sure we communicate about what your session should look like.  What kind of look you're wanting in the final images, anything specific you want to focus on, what the images are going to be used for, location, scheduling, and more.

Some Important  Shoot Tips

  • Practice posing, and keep images on your cell phone that you would like to do for the character
  • Make sure your costumes are complete and nothing loose or hanging.  I really can't convey enough how important it is to iron any costumes (or steam) if possible or make sure they are not wrinkled.  Every wrinkle shows. 
  • If you have furry friends, a pet hair lint roller is helpful.  
  • Makeup - GREAT makeup makes my job 100% easier.  Make sure to reduce shine if possible using a good matte concealer.   
  • Your safety matters.  I can sometimes be pretty adventurous myself.  I can sometimes forget that people may not feel comfortable doing something I ask. If I ever ask you to pose or do something you are not comfortable doing, please feel free to tell me, "I am not comfortable with that".  I am there for you not me. 

Sessions

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Individual Session $175 

  • 1 cosplayer 
  • 1 hour shoot on location  -  (*for studio location read notes below)
  • Personal online gallery of session to choose your favorite images and order prints if you like
  • 6 retouched images.  1 creative retouch + 5 Basic retouched digital images = 6 images total 
    • Watermark low resolution files for web
    • High resolution files for print
    • Images cropped for instagram

 

 

 

2 Cosplayer(s) Session $250

  • 2 cosplayers
  • 1 1/2 -2  hour shoot on location
  • Personal online gallery of session to choose your favorite images and order prints if you like
  • 10 retouched images.  2-3 creative retouches + 7 Basic retouched digital images = 10 images total 
    (typically that is 6 images each for 2 cosplayers or 4 mages each for 3 cosplayers. 
    • Watermark low resolution files for web
    • High resolution files for print
    • Images cropped for instagram

 

 

 

Group Sessions - rates vary

For 3 or more cosplayers, group rates vary depending on how many cosplayers and project.  Let's chat about your needs.  This type of session can also be more affordable because the amount of people.  The cost will be lower per person.  

Specials/Conventions - starting at $99

I usually have special rates for conventions if I have more than one person to shoot.  If I am asked to come shoot at a convention but have no other clients then an individual session rate may still apply.  My typical convention rate may be $99 for the shoot with 4 images total ($25 per additional person however, more images will cost additional).  

 

Additions / A La Cart Prices

  • Each image includes basic editing.  Additional creative advanced edits $40 per edited/image
  • Additional images $50 High resolution image (used for print), $20 Low resolution image (for social media with watermark, basic edits)
  • Depending on shoot package there will be a non-refundable reservation which is applied to your balance. 
  • Discounts at 5 images or more. (price to be quoted prior to shoot)

Location  (On Location or Studio session)

On location can be inside or outside and a location of your choice.  Lets collaborate regarding what the location will be.  I want to make sure the location is right in terms of lugging gear around, lighting, time of day, the public, etc.   Many locations require permit fee's.  If the location is one that requires a fee it will be up to the cosplayer or group to pay.  Many times, I know of perfect locations so collaborating on this is always helpful for the best shoot possible.  But I am open to hearing what you want of course.  I always suggest that folks bring some water and munchies so they aren't super hungry and it's important to stay hydrated.  I also now have a studio to shoot in and will have to check the schedule since it is a shared location.  So dates can vary. If needing a shoot at a studio, it will be responsibility of cosplayer to cover the studio costs but also discuss studio with photographer prior to booking the studio.

During Sessions

  • Please, no cell phone shots on set or of me working without consent.
  • You are more than welcome to bring a friend/relative/sig other to help you feel safe and comfy during the shoot.  But please make sure they don't interrupt the shoot/connection we have during the session.  And no (cell or camera) photos from them during our session please, without consent from me.
  • Be on time for sessions especially during studio times.  This is a must.  If I have a booked us a studio times are typically not flexible.  If your going to be late we might have to reschedule and i may have to charge a reschedule fee (due to studio rules)
  • Signed agreement (especially if the cosplayer is younger than 18) I will need a guardian consent too for those younger than 18.
  • Payments (see below)

Editing

I capture MANY images during our sessions.  After our shoot, I will upload your images to an online gallery for you to review and select your images. Please allow up to 5 days to do the uploads.  The finals, I request a few weeks but will do sneak peeks on social media for you.  If you have time restraints on wanting the images sooner, please let me know.  I am flexible depending on my work load that month.  During holiday season, I get pretty busy. Images should not be edited by cosplayer unless arrangements are made.

Image usage

All copyrights will still belong to Photographer of Life, LLC unless paying for them at a much higher rate.  This is the same with any photographers work. I will provide you with both watermark and also print ready images depending on what your investment purchase is.  The watermark images are for using online.  Please do NOT crop my work or my watermark. No images should be posted online without a watermark.  This is for both your protection and mine of theft and are low resolution.  High resolution images should typically not be put online if they are not going to be protected with a watermark. The print ready images are for PRINT ONLY. Such as prints, posters, cards etc. If you are going to sell your work, that's fine by me but the online system you use should have a watermark capability incorporated. 

Payment 

Payment is due during the session.  I accept Paypal and Venmo as well as cash.

Rewards Program

I love repeat clients.  For clients who use my services often and refer me, I have a program just for you.  Click here to find out more.