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March 26, 2013


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Contacting me about doing cosplay: not photography

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 26, 2013, 7:30 PM
  • Mood: Defeated
  • Listening to: Question Existing - Rihanna
  • Eating: Special K fruit crisps
  • Drinking: Coke

Hey guys!

So I've noticed a trend lately.

I understand that this a common mistake, but I do get kinda tired of people mistaking me for the cosplayer rather than as a photographer.
I understand that when people see my posts on dA or or FB, they tend to assume it's the cosplayer who posted it and in comments, it's understandable. But I've been getting private messaged or emails A LOT lately from people who are offering opportunities for big projects to do cosplay for, and I continuously have to inform them that I am a photographer, not a cosplayer.
In the last month, I can probably say I've been contacted 10-11 times for those reasons. I just wish people would take an extra 5 minutes to actually research my page, my account, or even in the descriptions, and it would easily be cleared up.

It's kind of disheartening when people ONLY acknowledge the cosplayer and not the photographer who made it visible. Not to say the cosplayers don't do a wonderful job, they do (otherwise I wouldn't have been contacted so much). But I just wish people contacted me because of my photography and did their research before hand.

A small rant, but it has been increasing over time and I just wanted to put this out there. If you're going to contact me, for any reason, PLEASE do your research first. Look at my pages, my bio, my FAQ, all of which can be found on this account, as well as on my FB page. I always put the links in my journals for that very reason.
This also applies to ANY cosplayer or photographer you contact about doing shoots with. Do your research before contacting them. It helps from my having to repeat themselves over and over again.

And since I haven't done a journal in a while, I might as well put it out there that I, unfortunately, won't be graduating this year from my program. I failed a class last semester and I've dropped a few classes this semester, so I'll have to come back for one more year. And I was so ready to be done with school. I seriously just wanna get out there and start working and be independent.
Not the best news, but yeah...

In other news, Cosplay Photographer and Videographers has developed a new networking system so cosplayers can find photog's and videog's in their areas:

It just launched yesterday and if you'd like to join, you can just sign in through Facebook to set up an account. Cosplayers can sign up too, but only photographers and videographers will be made public for now.

Thanks you guys! I've gotta get back to some homework. TTYL!


:bulletblack:new-moon-night DA
:bulletblack:Facebook Fan Page
:bulletblack:Canadian Cosplay Photographers Facebook Page
:bulletblack:Model Mayhem (model)

Until next time...

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tokidoki-loki Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This makes me really sad on multiple levels. It literally only takes a second to read the description and sometimes I think that people really don't take the time to even look at that, which is pretty annoying. As a cosplayer, I am super appreciative of all the hard work that the photographers do to make me look good and I think a lot of people don't realize or appreciate how much work really goes into making an awesome photo unless they have done it themselves or seen someone else doing it. It takes a lot of work from both sides to make something work and each side deserves credit for the final product. It saddens me that people don't give photographers as much credit because you guys all work so hard to make what we do look even more awesome! Like August was saying, you took our simple costumes in a really challenging location and you made everything look so fabulous. It's my favorite set to this day (shhhh don't tell anybody!) You are seriously one of my favorite photographers so you keep your chin up! :3 I know a lot of people that really love what you do!
And about the school stuff, it's always really hard when things don't end up working out the way you want them too. Something similar happened to me recently, so I understand where you are coming from. It's especially hard when you just feel like you want to be done with everything and it feels like school is taking forever. Just keep chugging along and don't let yourself get too down! :hug: I believe in you!
LiquidCocaine-Photos Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed. People are just very casual about it, so I can understand the random comments that don't know any better. It's the LONG notes and messages relating to doing a much bigger project that always bothers me.
Aww shucks. You guys are smothering me. :hug:
Thanks hun. I appreciate your concern and I'm sad to hear you went through similar times. Hopefully we can both bounce back. :)
(oh god yeah does school feel like it's taking forever. This is my 6th year in college, 7th next year. I'm so done. I just wanna start working!)
SNTP Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah i think it's a common thing among cosplay photographers i think. I get that mistake a lot to the point where i'm used to seeing it now. I usually just respond: "Sorry I'm a photographer not a cosplayer." Short and direct.
Many of the cosplayers you shoot, I'm sure are aware of just how important you are to them. They know it takes much more than a great cosplay to make a great photo. The photographer/editor does 50%+ of the work too.
Kurama--Babe Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's always nice when people actually take the time to read. It's not the exact same situation, but I understand what it's like to have to tell someone something that can be found on your entries and/or have to repeat it.
LiquidCocaine-Photos Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed. Reading it's just the polite thing to do I find. :)
august-fehrmont Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've noticed that happening a lot to other photographers too and it just seems weird that people don't catch on, considering there may be photos of completely different people on one account... >_> I mean, cosplay photography is a growing field these days so I find myself giving a quick look to the description to see who took the photo, who made the costumes or props, etc before leaving a comment. You're right, it's not like it even takes that long. :P

Especially because in the case of mine and :icontokidoki-loki:'s Samurai Deeper Kyo costumes that we shot with you... my costume was extremely simple but it was your photography that really... made it look awesome @_@ and that credit to you is important! (I'm still very excited about those heheh)
LiquidCocaine-Photos Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, I think it'll take time for people to realize photographers are becoming more prominent in the community and deserve to be shown some props as well. Not even just for me. But other photographers I so greatly look up to, nobody knows their name's, but they know their work if you show it to them. I love what cosplayers do, but the photography needs to be a little more appreciated.
XD You guys were amazing in those cosplays! It's only because you guys were so awesome they turned out the way they did. I had a hard time with the Colossalcon location, I must admit. But you guys nailed it. :)
august-fehrmont Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed, it's a team effort these days. :D

And thank you :P But really, you rocked that location like it was nothing. :P Actually, I have one of the pictures you took on my desk at work!
yeah-def-not Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist
Sorry to hear about school, but I hope things will work themselves out soon. Love & support as always hun!
LiquidCocaine-Photos Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks hun. :hug:
Btw, I got your message about the gift. XD I figured it would be sent more discreetly. Lol, but I'm glad you like the knives! :D I can't wait for the shower!
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