Cosplayers at Zenkaikon in Lancaster, PA, USA.

Zenkaikon 2017

Every year Lancaster, PA, USA experiences a strange, but very cool, invasion.  If you see people in cosplay wandering around downtown, in must be Zenkaikon.  The convention, which ran from April 28-30, 2017, brings in a lot of people in costume, and features events in anime’, science fiction, and Japanese culture.

I happened to have my camera at work for a, well, work reasons, and had left it locked in the office.  I was glad I did, because on the opening Friday of the convention, I got to take a few photos of some of the attendees arriving, like the one above.  Here are a few more.

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I have more photos over on my Flickr photo stream in an album.

Perhaps next year I’ll get more photos of the fun, and it looked like people were have a great time.  I am also impressed with all the work people put into their costumes.  Well done, cosplayers!  I hope you had a great Zenkaikon!

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Rain Cloud Cosplay by Samantha Leigh Fern

Omni Lens Studios Cosplay Photos

I am really pleased with the photos I got from the Omni Lens Studios cosplay event.  I only wish I would have stepped up and taken more!  Still, with that being said, I am very happy with the shots I did get, such as Samantha Leigh Fern‘s delightful rain cloud cosplay costume at the top here.  She made it herself, including adding the LED lights.  I loved seeing people’s creativity that day!

Here are a few more that I took that I want to show you before I send you over to the portfolio.

Ms. Eclipse Nighshade's JRPG cosplay

Ms. Eclipse Nightshade here was a master at JRPG costuming.  I like the contrast of her outfit on the red painted brick wall.

Katie Dempsey as Cruella Deville

Katie Dempsey here was specialized in Disney cosplay, as she is a smouldering Cruella DeVille here from 101 Dalmatians.

I am really please with the shots I got, I really am.  The models and tools I had to work with here excellent, so thanks to all for their time and talents!

Now, to send you over to the portfolio.  Word of caution.  There are a few shots that feature graffiti with strong language.  If you are easily offended, skip over the ones you see the graffiti in the thumbnails.  Consider yourself warned.  Otherwise, head on over to my portfolio, and see what I got!

Omni Lens Studios Cosplay Portfolio

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Cosplay Fun at Omni Lens Studios

I’ve been curious about Omni Lens Studios for a while, as I have driven past it for a quite a bit, as it is a local business in the Ephrata, PA, USA area, very close to where I live.  After meeting up with the group on Facebook, I decided to attend their cosplay photo shoot event on July 3.

Walking into the studio is cool.  Very cool.  Every inch of the place, including the bathroom, can be used as a photo shoot spot.  There are so many interesting details, right down to the colorful to the steampunk, to the goth.  Fantastic.  Oh, and the dark EDM playing in the background, spot on.

I had a great time!  The event was open to both photographers and models, both professional and amateur.  I couldn’t decide which to do.  So Chad Geist, the mastermind behind Omni Lens Studios, said I could do both.  Neato!

I really don’t do cosplay, but I did dress up weird, just for fun, and brought some of my hoops with me.  (I do have one outfit, but I’m debuting it at an event on Saturday, which you should totally come to.) I modeled, took some photos of others, and talked photography shop with people.

There were a wide range of cosplayers there.  Lots of DC Universe characters, and some great anime outfits.  Someone was Abby from NCIS, and The Crow showed up for photos, too.  I love seeing people’s creativity and thought in their outfits!

I did learn a few things.

  1. I am out of practice with strobes.  I’ve worked with strobes before with the Lancaster County Photography Meetup, but it’s been a while.  Some of it eventually did come back to me, but I need to work with them more, for sure.
  2. I need to be more creative when posing models.  I can pose myself generally for photos as a model, but when it comes to directing people myself, I need to be more, well, direct.
  3. I need to relax.  As usual, when I’m with a group of new people, I tense up and get weird.  I know I was in an unfamiliar environment, but the people were nice, and it was a good crowd!

Photos will be forthcoming, both that were taken of me and taken by me. In the meantime, hop on over to Omni Lens Studio’s Facebook page, and check the place out!