Cosplayers can spend hours getting every detail from shoe color to wig styling just right. All this hard work deserves at the very least least one quality image showing the costume in its best light. Cosplay photographers help with that, and I've met more than a few who started taking photos because they wanted to give their cosplayer friends good pictures of their work. John S., a.k.a. COTC Photography operates with this mission. He takes pictures of cosplayers of the Carolinas (that's what COTC stands for), and thinks of it as his way of giving back to the cosplay community.
John uses whatever backgrounds he has at convention host hotels and makes them work. Look at this Black Swan and White Swan:
More of John's impressive work is in the gallery below. You'll see an original Mandalorian merc design from Star Wars, costumes from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and more. Don't forget to take a close look at all the photo captions because all the cosplayers are linked so you can view more well-executed costumes. Keep up with everything John posts by following him on Facebook or Instagram.
Do you cosplay or take photographs of cosplayers? Then I want to see your work so we can talk about highlighting your creations in a future Cosplay Friday gallery. If you're interested, please get in touch with me at [email protected] and send hi-res photos you'd like me to feature. Be sure to provide credits for the cosplayers or photographers for each image because giving credit is good manners--bonus points if you include links to relevant Facebook pages or websites. Though I wish I knew all the geek franchises, I don't, so please let me know who or what is being cosplayed.
Images: COTC Photography