26) Review your photoshoot etiquette. Don’t be a dick.
If you’re involved in a coordinated shoot with other cosplayers, congrats! Small scale group shoots are great ways to get amazing photos of your costume, and large universe shoots make you go WOW! But there’s a lot of work that goes into these shoots, and if you do your part, everything will go smoothly!
* Be on time. No one wants a shoot held up because they’re waiting for someone…everyone has something else on their schedule to head to afterwards. Take into account how long it will take you to get into your costume, and then how long it will take you to get to the location. Don’t forget that people will probably try to grab pix of you as you make your way to the shoot, so add extra time for that!
* Know where the shoot is. If you’ve never been there before, ask someone who has, or reach out to the organizer for specifics.
* While it’s OK to bring a handler if you need one, it’s probably not OK to bring all of your friends, especially if it’s a small location. Check in advance.
* If there is a shoot going on already, or you’re waiting for a particular location to clear, don’t be an asshole and keep wandering into the frames. Conversely, if you know a space is popular for shoots, be respectful of the amount of time you are there.
* Pay attention to the shoot organizer. They can see things you can’t when they’re setting up shots, and they WANT everyone to be seen. So if they move you around, it’s not to be a jerk, it’s to get the best picture possible.
* Pay attention to the photographer. If they say they can’t see you because you are out of the frame shot or someone is blocking you, they know what they’re talking about.
* NO HORSEPLAY. If you are on a large set of stairs, or have a prop weapon, do NOT get stupid about it. Every year I hear stories of people who slipped or got hurt because they were goofing around. Why ruin your con or someone else’s con because of jackassery? Don’t be that guy! (Deadpools, I’m lookin’ at you!)
* If the shoot was invite-only, don’t horn in. It’s just plain rude. It’s not that the organizer hates your costume or isn’t being fair, but a lot of them have spent hours setting up the shots that they want based on the people who have committed. If they know they have a 5’3” Captain America, they’re already figured out how to stage shots so he looks taller. If the shoot is for a specific timeline or era, having a modern or movie version throws it all off. They also may already have their Loki set, and they don’t need duplicates. Most big shoots have a list posted of what’s allowed and what isn’t. Review it.
* There is almost always a lead photographer at a shoot. This is the person that everyone will be going to in order to get the final results. PLEASE don’t get in their way or block their shots! If you’re interested in being a lead, get involved with the groups and their organizers in advance.
Photoshoots are a great way to get an awesome picture of the costume that you worked really hard on. Get those poses down and be ready, and it will be a great experience for everyone!