Mermaid Child is great at finding items that we end up building a photo project around. This time it involves some My Melody and Cinnamoroll lingerie sets that were available from Sanrio!
It’s common for us to build a project around one item we randomly find. But this set would also end up being very personal. Rob Swackhamer and Mermaid Child discuss how this goth themed swimsuit photo shoot came about… and just what it meant to the both of them.
Rob Swackhamer re-visited the very first photoshoot he did with Allybelle as Azura from Fire Emblem: Fates. And he discusses what he had learned in that time since then.
The Make Them Awesome team recently did a new photo set with some characters from the Fate/Grand Order universe. There was a lot of things we had planned out for this set… but we also had to deal with a bunch of unforeseen circumstances as well.
Rob likes to do quite a bit of photo experimenting at home to see if some ideas come about. But it's not quite the same as doing so in a studio with someone else in front of the camera. Tacocat, Luis, and Rob went to the studio try out some ideas... and shoot a new version of Chibi Moon!
Even with all the obstacles we had... we were able to do a lot in our first year of this crazy idea of ours. Rob looks back at what we had to work through and what we were able to accomplish.
When you don't want to do what everyone else is doing you're going to need to work hard to get somewhere. But you could potentially end up gaining so much more than you initially realized. Rob shares out what the team has been able to do since they are not involved with convention cosplay photography... and how much that has opened up for everyone to be artists, gain knowledge, and just plain have fun.
We usually do a lot of planning before we go out to take photos. This was not one of those times. :)
We went out to shoot Frozen Fever Anna and Elsa… plus we got to try out some new gear!
So what happens when we get a bunch of random costumes and wigs from Miccostumes? And only one person in the group knows what they are? We go book some studio time to photograph and video how everything came out!
"I hold a lot of passion about respecting people’s boundaries. No one should need to defend their right to say “No” to photos or remove themselves from uncomfortable situations. We are not owned by con-goers and fans. We do not have a list of ‘rules’ saying we need to stick around for pictures. Our costumes do NOT equal consent. We are not your property."
After our most recent photo adventure where we utilized a PixelStick Rob thought it might be a good idea to do some testing to figure out how to get the best output from it. And some of the results were a bit surprising.
Our first project of 2019 and we tackled a number of new things. First: some brand new costumes of Bowsette and Boosette based off of Hannah Alexander’s work, and Chompette from ANN4RT. Second: we tried some light painting with the PixelStick!
Sometimes you can't recognize and realize possibilities until you take some steps you never thought you would. But when you do and then look back at what you have been able to do because of those steps you see that it was the right thing to do.
Rob looks back at what he learned after stepping away from convention staffing.
It's not easy to explain to people how we come up with our photo set ideas. There are some practical things we employ but other are not so straightforward. Why are we so open to the random bit that may drive us to put something together? Turns out it could be explained by science.
It's a lot of fun to put together a project based on an original character and see where it takes you. Even if the weather doesn't want to play nice.
When you get away from the limitations of This Is The Way Things Must Be then lots of opportunities lay before you. And that’s when you start becoming an artist.