This week we have a photographer feature! As cosplayers, photographers make our lives so much better and help others appreciate our hard work. Let’s show this photographer some love!
WHAT IS YOUR NAME AND BUSINESS NAME?
Arin Eugenia Rogers, since I’m freelance I just go by Rogers A Photography, and I can be found on Instagram as Rogers.A.Photography
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BEVERAGE?
Easy! Cream Soda- especially the types that are clear like Sprite or Seltzer Water. Brings back childhood memories.
TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF?
I’m a younger photographer whose ambitions are to hopefully provide high quality and emotionally impact cosplay photography that portrays the cosplayer and the character’s personality, and to show people that not every photographer is bad, scary, or out to harm you.
On my down time I play games, write creative stories (either fanfic or original pieces), create websites, draw, or work on large ambitious cosplay projects.
WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAY PHOTOGRAPHY?
I never truly started, just got into photographing people and then it moved into photographing the intricate and fine details of costumes and cosplay as a whole. I rough estimate of when I started though would probably be around April of 2017.
WHAT GOT YOU INTO PHOTOGRAPHY?
The desire to capture and immortalize scenes that bring a sense of emotion to me and other people. I started by shooting images of thing that made me feel at home, like oaken trees and small forests, but moved to photographing some people as people themselves portray most of the homely memories in my life. I started loving the quality over time and working with people to make them smile and have something that they can use to remember the past and sort of relive the moment through the photos.
WHAT MADE YOU GO INTO COSPLAY PHOTOGRAPHY SPECIFICALLY?
The desire to give quality photos, especially if they end of being the only ones they get. A scandal of missing photos made me want to kind of get justice for it by creating them once more and letting people get the photos they deserve. Next was my mother, who was 100% for and supportive of my desires to photograph people and scenes, she even printed some of the image I took out on canvas. Lastly it was the wish to share peoples work and tell/show how much I love their work.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING PHOTOGRAPHY?
I started when I pretty when much got my camera, 2018! I worked with a few professionals, and currently only take nature and industrial photos, but I plan on photographing people as I have had plenty of practice on people and on scenes equally.
WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU LIKE TO SHOOT?
Anything from full armor to swim/lewd, and human to non-human races characters. Accuracy, race, age (depending on the shoot), gender doesn’t matter to me. My overall favorite has to be groups/duos/trios, they have so much potential for jokes and style.
WHAT IS YOUR PHOTO SHOOT GOALS, OR SOMETHING YOU WOULD LOVE TO SHOOT?
A goal would to be to shoot something underwater and maybe have it feature by a magazine or large blog. Something I would love to shoot would be like a shiny Big Daddy cosplay or something in a town that fits the theme or erra.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE KIND OF COSPLAY PHOTO SHOOT?
Mostly complex cosplays or cosplays with amazing props, pieces, and/or makeup. I pretty much photograph anyone, later when I build a better portfolio, I plan on having like $25-$100 sessions as it doesn’t cost much for me to shoot photos as of now.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COSPLAY PHOTOGRAPHY?
The reaction they have and the fact they can share their work easily
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU ABOUT COSPLAY PHOTOGRAPHY?
Something that was hard for me in cosplay and I noticed was hard for other photographers and for me at one point, was finding free time during a con, because that is usually the best time as they work their hardest or are just daybuting it. Outside of a con is the easiest to me.
DO YOU HAVE ANY CAMERA EQUIPMENT YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
As soon as I get a light stand, it’s going to be that. I’ve seen the effects it has on a photo is I just love working with shadows. That, and any light blocker. They just go hand and hand for me.
IF YOU COULD LIVE IN OR VISIT ANY FANTASY WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
Oh EASY… Maybe not. It’s a good tie between the Harry Potter Universe and the Borderlands Universe. In one hand, MAGIC HELLA YEA. In the other hand, if I die I come BACK. I would say the Fallout 4 universe but I’m to lazy, luckily I’m a good shot.
IF YOU COULD GIVE COSPLAYERS TIPS ABOUT WORKING WITH A PHOTOGRAPHER, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
GIVE US POSES OR IDEAS. We love to see/work with your perspective on the character, and we want to give you photos you will be proud of. Something I suggest is before the con, look at other people in the same character, or of the same genre, and try to mimic it.
WHAT ARE YOUR “FANDOMS”?
Where to start? Top five are Vault Hunters (Borderlands), Little Sisters (Bioshock), Vault-People (Fallout), (Game) Grumps, and Androids (Detroit: Become Human)
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH COSPLAYERS KNEW ABOUT WORKING WITH A PHOTOGRAPHER?
To not be shy! Something I’m worried about is someone being too shy to give ideas or to pose, so I can’t give them kickass photos.
WHAT MISCONCEPTIONS DO YOU FEEL COSPLAYERS HAVE ABOUT WORKING WITH A PHOTOGRAPHER THAT YOU’D LIKE TO CLEAR UP?
That they ALL cost. Some are free for the weekend, some do cost including for sessions, but some are staring out publicly and want to make a name for themselves.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH COSPLAYERS KNEW BEFORE THEY BOOKED A PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION?
One big thing is that bringing things to me is welcomed, and that you need to have poses, places, and plans. If you have nothing, it’s going to take longer and probably cost me or the client more.
WHAT IS YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
Listen to music, maybe do something related to the cosplay, ie play horror games for characters in horror based media. My process isn’t terribly complex, but my editing shall remain a mystery for ny.
WHAT ARE SOME PROPER ETIQUETTE TIPS FOR BOOKING A PHOTOSHOOT AND PARTICIPATING IN ONE?
Formally aquante yourself with their shooting style, find out why you’d want to book them ie quality, quantity, style, price, and contact them just as formally, mention what style/form you like, and ask about the next chance they have to shoot as well as their prices if they are not announced or displayed.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY?
As of right now, I’m learning how to design my own site from scratch, so I’m hoping to buy a domain and get my own sight with booking information up, but as of right now, I just have my instagram @rogers.a.photography
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT (REGARDING COSPLAY PHOTOGRAPHY)?
At one point in time, when i first started getting used tomy camera, I asked my friend in her cosplay to make a pose up high, and I ended up getting a good composition of light and highlighted her features well white maintaining good focus on the face.
Please remember I do not own any of these pictures and the opinions in this survey belong to the interviewee.