Friday, January 23, 2015

The Difference Between Cosplay & Pro Modeling

Costuming and professional modeling are two very different things. Costuming is all about fun and playing by your own rules. It's about expressing your fandom, crafting and bringing a character to life. Professional modeling is about completing a job you were hired to do by a paying client. You have to be at a particular location at a certain time. You must be professional at all times and contracts are signed. On some occasions you are paid in cash, others in check. Call sheets and instructions are given such as "please exfoliate your skin the night before" or "please make sure your hair is washed the night before and do not apply any product". Sometimes you are on set with dozens of people. Other times, that number is much smaller. I have personally felt like a Barbie doll as I am whisked around a set, my hair being played with, my skin being studied and being dressed and studied by the wardrobe department.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Review: Native American Indian Maiden Costume

Costume Super Center has a large variety of Native American costumes on their online store. This review is for their Native American Indian Maiden Costume currently priced at $38.24. The costume comes with a dress, headband with feather and boot cuffs. The dress is available in sizes small, medium and large and is made of polyester. It can be hand washed and air dried. The costume is made by the Franco Costume Couture company. A listing of the item for purchase can be found HERE.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Interview: Photographer Dru Phillips (AMPCosplay)

Photo by Your Mojo by Jojo
Fashion photographer Dru Phillips of AMP Cosplay has brought his unique and creative eye to the world of costuming. Based in Georgia, the man of many talents has a gorgeous portfolio full of stunning images of characters that rival those seen in Hollywood. He has evolved from photographer to cosplayer and is a member of the Heroes Alliance charity organization. Dru took some time to talk to the Confessions of a Cosplay Girl Blog about his art as a photographer, charity work, the first character he choose to cosplay and much more.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Costuming in 2014: A Year in Review

2014 is coming to an end which means it's time for my annual year in review costume breakdown. For new readers of Confessions of a Cosplay Girl, this means I list all of the new and fun characters I brought to life  this year. The list  is pretty long and features my first gender bender character and two characters featuring body paint. My thanks to all of the amazing photographers I have shot with in 2014!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Epic Cosplays of 2014!

Photo by Danny Hunter

2014 is coming to a close. Towards the end of every year, I write an article listing all of the costumes that I completed. Before I publish that annual post, I'd like to take the time to spot light other talented costumers and showcase their art and talent. Weither it be armor, body paint or sewing, their hard work deserves a standing ovation. Take a look at what they achieved in costuming in 2014!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Cosplay Spotlight: Jet Cosplay

Photos by Hero Hotties
He's the Man of Steel everyone is talking about! Jason aka Jet Cosplay has the world of costuming buzzing about his screen accurate Man of Steel Superman, which he debuted this year. I briefly met Jason at the Baltimore Comic-Con and was immediately impressed. Since the initial meeting, we have done a photo shoot and charity event (for St. Jude's Children Hospital on behalf of the Heroes Alliance) and I have seen first hand the excitement and joy he brings to the crowds (along with an excessive amount of swooning). So let's get to know the "it" boy in cosplay. Jason talks to the Confessions of a Cosplay Girl Blog about constructing his costume, attending his first convention as Superman, his thoughts on the Man of Steel film and how he's handling all of the attention.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Man of Steel and Trinity Set

Photo by Future Photography by M3 with edit by
SII Posters
Planning a photo shoot with a large team of artists takes time and patience. It took several months to plan a Man of Steel themed photo shoot which included costumers Jason of JET Cosplay, Kevin D Cosplay and photographers Miguel of Future Photography by M3, Marvin of Hero Hotties, Brian of Green House Photography and Piera of Photos and Designs by Piera. The shoot took place in my home thus proving that having a creepy large basement can in fact be good for something. Many people drove a long distance to make the shoot a possibility and when they all arrived, I was dressed up as Queen Elsa from Disney's Frozen (having just returned from entertaining children at a birthday party).  It was exciting that this was finally coming together. I loved the Man of Steel movie and we had an amazing cast of costumers and photographers. We also decided to take things a step further; since Kevin cosplays Batman and I cosplay Wonder Woman, this was a great opportunity to get some Trinity shots.