Event date: January 27-29, 2017
This con was the one year anniversary to when I started doing studio-styled photographs at conventions. So, obviously I decided to do something special.
I've never actually stayed at a hotel for a real convention, so I figured I try it out this year. I ended up staying with a few friends at a nearby hotel so I could prepare for this weekend.
I decided to bring in the full studio experience again. Unfortunately, the space I used last year was being taken by construction work, so I made due with what was around me.
On day 1, I utilized the white backdrops already provided to block the view of construction .It wasn't too bad, but the sunlight through the windows proved to be more of a nuisance than usual. I spent most of the day in that location, and my night shooting an "Archer" meetup featuring some friends of mine as characters from the show.
Day 2 gave me an opportunity to set up my studio in a nice visible walkway area, only taking a break to shoot some friends dressed up as Suicide Squad inspired Gotham Sirens. There were some moments of available light messing up my images, but only so much could have been done around that. Overall I was happy with the studio shots that were produced.
The third day brought a new life back to my con experiences. I've almost forgotten the joy of shooting cosplays on location. I got to run around grab people, pose them with the surroundings. It was just an amazing feeling I almost forgot about. It definitely does make me conflicted in terms of shooting studio styles or editorials during conventions. Maybe I could try to figure how to pull this off for the next convention in Long Beach.
Anyway, here's Wonderwall.