While at ALA, I got the chance to do a few mini-shoots with Tashi Cakes and her friend as swimsuit Asuka Langley and Rei Ayanami from Evangelion.
Fortunately for us, we were able to get a few pictures at the hot tub while it was (mostly) empty. It was in the shade too, so I avoided dealing with direct sunlight. Later the next day, we also gave a night shoot a try at the hotel pool. Since the area was lit with green and blue, I wanted to see if I could get some nice pictures out of it in the background. I only had my flash to provide fill, and I do like how the lighting turned out, although in hindsight I should’ve tried a couple shots with brighter flash power.
While at Comikaze, I got to meet Tashi Cakes and schedule two photoshoots with her. I really love the detail on her makeup and costumes, so it was great to be able to take photos of both her Samus Aran (from Metroid Prime) and Nightmare 2P (from Soul Calibur) cosplays.
Saturday was the Samus shoot. I’d initially intended to shoot at one of the balconies overlooking the lobby of the convention center, but the ambient light was a lot darker than I’d expected once night came along (plus a security guard had stopped by saying they wanted to clear the place out soon). We ended moving to a lower level with a little more light and it worked out well, got some really nice shots.
On Sunday as I was setting up for the second shoot, I realized I’d left the battery for my light at home. Fortunately there was a power socket nearby or else it would’ve been really embarrassing.
She was a pleasure to work with, and I think I got some great shots out of both shoots. I’m definitely hoping to get the chance to shoot with her again.
Camera: Canon 6D with 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. Light: Einstein E640 with 22″ white beauty dish