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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!