Portraits of a Khaleesi

I recently had the chance to shoot with I Must be Dead Photography (mature content warning) when he made a brief stop up in San Francisco for a gig. We’d been trying to find a time to collaborate, so decided to make the most out of the opportunity even if it meant shooting on the fly at his hotel. As we’re both fans of A Song of Ice and Fire, Daenerys was the natural fit.

We chose to focus mostly on portraits due to the limited time and space, but I was actually quite happy with the prospect. I’m a huge fan of his raw approach to photography - sharp, high contrast photos with little retouching done on the model. Imperfections lend authenticity and intrigue to his work. 

Drawing from Daenerys’ experiences in the House of The Undying, I tried to express an array of emotions from fear to sadness and determination. These are incredibly unique images in my cosplay portfolio, and I’m madly in love with the end result.  

Build notes for this costume are coming, but in case anyone is curious my eyes are indeed purple! I picked up contacts from eyesbright.com. :)

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Themyscira: Returning Home 

After dreaming about bringing Warrior Wonder Woman to life for years, this shoot at the Palace of Fine Arts feels like the zenith of the project. The setting was perfect, the weather beautiful, and the photographer - Andrew Ho - incredibly talented. I actually felt like an Amazon at home on Themyscira. 

You can read my costume construction notes for Warrior Wonder Woman here

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Warrior Wonder Woman concept collaboration with Tess Fowler. First pass at character design. Warrior Wonder Woman concept collaboration with Tess Fowler. First pass at character design with color blocking. Final Warrior Wonder Woman art by Tess Fowler, based off the finished costume. Cutting and dying the leather for Warrior Wonder Woman's skirt. Wonderflex armor fabrication. First coat of paint on armor and props - prior to distressing. Photo by Joits Photography Photo by LJinto Photo by SGH PhotoArt Photo by LJinto

Warrior Wonder Woman - From Concept to Completion

I’ve finally polished off my costume construction notes for Warrior Wonder Woman! Above is a taste of some of the process involved, including my collaboration with the talented Tess Fowler on the character concept. 

Click photos for captions, or read all of my notes here! :D

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Behind The Scenes - The Wild Places New Mexico

Here are a few quick snapshots from our Wild Places adventure in New Mexico! Highlights include lunch at Los Pollos Hermanos, dinner and a movie with George R. R. Martin, shooting Anovos Star Trek uniforms at Tent Rocks National Monument, and exploring White Sands park in our A Song of Ice and Fire costumes! I’ll be sure to share Anna’s finished photos as they go live! :D

Pictured: Anna Cosplay Photography,  Stella Chu, Cupcake Disko Cosplay, Amy Houser Illustration and Design