As far as I’m concerned, any kind of cosplay is the best cosplay because I like to see people making stuff. I know it’s a simple statement, but it’s true. That said, I have a particular fondness for family cosplay. When you see family members cosplaying together, you can imagine the bonding and work that went into making the costumes together. Shawn Richter and his 10-year-old Gavin know that kind of teamwork well because they dress as Marvel characters and attend conventions in Southern California and beyond together. Shawn mostly dresses as Captain America, while Gavin switches it up a little—Gavin’s especially known for dressing as Phil Coulson.
The father-son cosplay experience sometimes leads to awesome photo ops like this one with Hayley Atwell:
And please admire how fierce they both look in this photo by York In A Box.
Drop to the gallery below to see Shawn and Gavin in more fantastic cosplay shots. You’ll see Gavin’s Kid Coulson costume, some Civil War action, and more. You can keep up with their latest costume antics on Twitter; Shawn’s at @cofphoto and Gavin’s at @KidCoulson.
Are you a cosplayer or cosplay photographer? If so, I’d like to highlight your portfolio in an upcoming edition of Cosplay Friday. If you’re interested, please reach out to me via email at [email protected] Send me the photos you’d like me to feature (with credits for the cosplayers and/or photographers if you have them, because giving credit is awesome), and then I’ll send you back a release form.
Images: Courtesy of Shawn Richter