My top tips to Force fuel your Star Wars Cosplay photoshoot
InAugust I decided I wanted to do a Star Wars photoshoot for the first time. I don’t really look like any established character so I decided to make my own. I’ve always loved the Shadow sect of the Jedi Order and the mystery surrounding them. They are essentially spies who spend months or even years on assignment learning to fit into a culture. They typically wore non-traditional clothing and hid their lightsabers well, only using them as a last resort.
My photoshoot was fun and yielded so many awesome pictures. I understand fan’s reservations to do a shoot, as it can seem like a stressful and tedious task. Despite the anxiety, I would highly recommend it. After doing my first photoshoot in costume, here are the 5 things I would recommend.
- Have a location in mind. Would your character be found in remote or urban areas? The location of your shoot will determine the essence of your photos. If you’re in a suburban area, you’ll be doing more suburban posing. You will interact with the things that are naturally in the area. My shoot was in the same state park where parts of Hunger Games: Mockingjay were filmed, so I’m by water and trees the whole time. I wanted my character to be on a planet with water and ruins, so we found one.
- If you can, do much of your dressing on location. It look us over an hour to get to location. I did most of my dressing and undressing on site. If you are only 10 minutes from your site, this isn’t as big of a deal. It was also 90 degrees when we took mine, so melting was a possibility. Bottom line, do whatever you need to do to be comfortable.
- Have some ideas. Look online at other’s photos and change them to fit your style and character. Look at the location and picture yourself in different spots. Once you’re on location, things might change a little. Your photographers might have ideas you didn’t. Go with it. The water at the park was higher than the previous week, so I was able to get some pictures in the middle of the river totally surrounded by water. My ideas still worked, we just had to adjust them.
- Play your character. Seriously, act the whole time. It helps the photos become more realistic.
- Trust your photographers. I got lucky enough to have a couple of best friends who are professional photographers. As soon as we got started they were calling out ideas and poses. Even if it looks like it would be dumb to you, through a lens, it looks very different. I promise, they aren’t trying to embarrass you. That pose you thought looked cheesy will be your favorite.
No matter what, have fun! Photos are a chance to show off just how much of a fan you are. Cosplaying can bring a galaxy far, far away a bit closer. Despite being horribly nervous, I had a blast and the pictures turned out great. No matter what or who you want to be, go for it! May the Force be with you!
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