Fabulous secret powers – He-Man cosplay art by Reality Reimagined

Fabulous secret powers were revealed to me the day I moved to Arizona and began a new adventure with Reality Reimagined.

With my zipcode now belonging to the south-west, I was able to more easily take advantage of events that occurred in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. One of those being Power-Con, a Masters of the Universe convention.

I had long since wanted to attend this convention to get the chance to meet the actors that brought one of my earliest childhood memories to life, or stroll through the rows of vendors and see their treasures that I once owned long ago.

What I encountered at my first Power-Con became so much more than I could have expected.

The first thrill was meeting Angela Bermúdez​ and getting the chance to photograph with her in both her amazing cosplays of Teela and Evil-Lyn. She is such a talented, beautiful and engaging person to be around. She is a brilliant cosplayer and artist; her work is second to none. We shot briefly on both days of the con, in a small forgotten hallway of the convention and it was an honor to work with her.

When I first walked into the main convention room filled with artists and vendors, my eyes immediately landed on a crew of three fellas that would turn this trip into a adage for living life to the fullest, as you never know what or who you will encounter.

I approached the three cosplayers, dressed as He-Man, Man-at-Arms and Ram-Man and started explaining my work as a photographer, Photoshop artist and a new transplant to Arizona. The most astonishing part was they all were from the same area of Phoenix, one of them just a few blocks from the house I was living in. We worked together for a few brief minutes in the same hallway and started a friendship that I hope continues through all of the cosplay, pop-culture memories we can explore.

Ben Dickinson​ as He-Man is just brilliant. The man is of course a testament to the dedication of health and fitness, but he is just a good guy to know. He stepped into the character very quickly and I told him that I felt like I was reliving the many hours I spent as a kid weaving adventures with “the most powerful man in the universe.” Trey Moore​ as Man-at-Arms is the comedian of the group and definitely keeps the others on their toes during a shoot. Roy Garcia​ as Ram-Man was a breeze to work with as he is also a photographer and definitely can play on both sides of the camera.

I had already met Freddie Novack​ when I had arrived in Phoenix and had the privilege of working with her before I had attended Power-Con. I got in touch with her immediately and told her about my encounter with the three boys. She had already worked with them and soon she was standing in front of me as the Sorceress of Grayskull and together with Ben and Trey we continued our adventure. Freddie is amazing on all counts. She embodies each character she portrays and is brilliant with her creation and artistry. Stunningly beautiful, funny and charming – I love shooting with her and it usually has my face hurting from too much laughter.

When I started creating in Photoshop, this character, these stories were one of the first that I felt the inspiration to explore. As life took me in different directions, some of which I thought at the time were wrong or were hard to endure, it lead me to this place and I have been thankful ever since.

Masters of the universe

Cosplayers: Ben Dickinson as He-Man
Freddie Novack as the Sorceress
Angela Bermúdez as Teela
Roy Garcia as Ram-Man
Trey Moore as Man-at-Arms

Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined​

#heman #mastersoftheuniverse #powercon #teela #sorceress #manatarms #ramman #grayskull #1980s #cosplay #composite #photoshop #wacom

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Casting the right model – allure photography Reality Reimagined

A professor of mine once said to me, long ago, that a good director does only one thing right in a production and that is casting the right people.
 
Elley Reppond is proof of that wisdom.
 
I have a lot to learn and it’s equally exciting and daunting, but if we do not grow as photographers and artists then the ever-evolving-stories in our imaginations will never be told.
 
Time is precious and I’m not leaving this life until I have all the stories told.

Glamour boudoir


Model:
Elley Cat

Location special thanks: James Sasser
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
 
#boudoir #glamour #art #beauty #allure #model #fantasy
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Egg Sisters Cosplay – Necromancer of Diablo 3 composite art

THAT MOMENT when the Egg Sisters cosplay work frightens you.
 
I have experienced so many emotions and made so many memories while doing this work. Moments of pure joy as I’ve shared this passion with the talented artists that dawn a costume and become another person. Moments of tearful gratitude as a hero makes a child’s world a bit better.
 
But I have never experienced true fear.
 
I’ve followed the work of these incredible artists for awhile now and it has truly been a goal and dream to be able to photograph something of their imagination and combine it with my own. In 2017 they began work on a new project revolving around a Blizzard Entertainment franchise and soon it became apparent from their work-in-progress images that the game was Diablo 3.
 
I have been a long-time fan and addict of this game (thank you Joe Spina for ruining my young adult life) and when they announced their project was the Necromancer, I decided that I would make this the moment that I work with them. They were headed to #Blizzcon 2017 to debut their work and compete in the costume contest and I made plans to be there. Unfortunately a few unavoidable emergencies came up in my personal life and I had to let go of the trip. I had hope that some day I would encounter these two sisters in their amazing creation and my goal would be complete.
 
My first day at C2E2 2018 I was standing on the second level of the main concourse, overlooking the massive crowd and taking in the ambiance of being at a comic-book convention. Suddenly I spotted in the distance the unmistakable head piece of the Egg Sister’s Necromancer and I yelped and hauled ass through the crowd to get to them before they walked away. When I caught up to them, I babbled about four hundred words in less than 30 seconds while trying to shove a business card in their hand and show them my portfolio – all at the same time.
 
To their credit they didn’t call for security.
 
They told me I had about 30 minutes before they were scheduled to go to a panel and speak, so I again ran at top speed back to the hotel room, grabbed all of my photography gear and once again hauled ass back to the main floor. I set up the lights in record time and brought them over into the bay.
 
It was then that I took a breath, closed my eyes and when I opened them I was standing before a Necromancer from the world of Sanctuary and all I could hear was the ghostly phrase, “all must serve the Cycle…”
 
This will be a memory that I will hold onto as long as I am doing this work. I hope to be able to work with these outstanding artists in the future and look forward to seeing them at Blizzcon 2018.
 
Cosplayer/Costume: Egg Sisters
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined

Necromancer Cosplay

Necromancer cosplay from the Egg Sisters



#blizzard #diablo3 #necromancer #eggsisters #cosplay #photoshop #composite #art #goals #grateful
 
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Cosplay artistry – composite art from Reality Reimagined

One of the great joys of attending a comic-book convention is witnessing first hand some of the most spectacular cosplay artistry out there. The craftsmanship, attention to detail and the pure dedication to recreating their beloved character, is just so inspiring and reminds me of what is possible in art.

It is one thing to behold the costume and artwork, but something much more to talk to them about it and see the light in their eyes as they describe their passion for creation.

I had that conversation and more with these three fantastic individuals and it was a pure blast to work with them at the recent C2E2 comic-con in Chicago.

Hailey S Cosplay​ you know from my previous work featuring her Soldier 76 cosplay. New to the fun is Altar Lion Cosplay​ featuring her D.Va cosplay. It was a great fun to lament the struggles of being a healer in Overwatch and a lot of laughs recreating her signature poses when she achieves play-of-the-game. Finally the truly amazing creation of Jeet Molankar as Reinhardt. Jeet was the Indian Championship of Cosplay winner this year and was at the con to compete in the international cosplay competition.

I was standing in my area with my lights talking to my friend Jeff Jackson​ (a truly remarkable Thor cosplayer) when Jeet’s handler came up to us and asked Thor if he could walk over to the area where Jeet was standing, to get a quick picture with him. When you are in a large cosplay like this, mobility can be a challenge. Not so much because of the cosplay itself, but the 100 or so people that are crowded around you taking images. My friend Thor walked over to take the requested picture and I pulled the handler to the side and asked him if there was any way Reinhardt could walk the 20 or so steps over to my area so I could get a few shots. He started to tell me no and then I pulled out my portfolio of cosplay composite artwork and explained what I could do for him. One of the best moments of the con was seeing the handler’s eye light up and then he said,

“I’ll be right back with Reinhardt.”

I also have it on good authority that at the same time I was negotiating with the handler, Thor was asking Reinhardt to do him the honor of walking over to my area and allowing me to take his photograph.

Man – that was a good day. 🙂

Overwatch cosplay composite art

Soldier 76, D.VA and Reinhardt of Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch

Soldier 76: Hailey S Cosplay
D.Va: Altar Lion Cosplay
Reinhardt: Jeet Molankar
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined

#overwatch #blizzardentertainment #soldier76 #dva #reinhardt #cosplay #photoshop #composite #art #c2e2

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Soldier 76 spawning in for duty – Cosplay composite art Reality Reimagined

So in a video game when you spawn/respawn, I’ve always wondered what it must look like to the other players. I know in some games you just sort of appear out of thin air, others have an animation. I must admit that I’ve never taken the time during a match of Overwatch to sit in the spawn room and see what happens.
 
So that’s a good thing, because I sort of feel that it would look something like this image; bright lights, cool sound effects while you hear the catch phrase “Soldier 76 reporting for duty!”
 
I captured this image at the recent comic-con, C2E2 in Chicago, featuring the incredibly talented and versatile cosplayer Hailey S Cosplay. It was my first time working with her and I was completely floored by her ability not only as a cosplayer, but her experience as a model. It’s so refreshing to be able to just focus on the lighting and the photography, while most of the pose and looks are created by the model and her talent. I tossed this pose in at the end, as the vision of her spawning into the game suddenly took over my imagination.
 
More Overwatch imagery and other cosplay that I captured at the con, coming or spawning in soon!
 
(When I sit down to edit in Photoshop, I’m going to start saying, “Reality Reimagined reporting for duty!”)
 

(on second thought – no.)

 
Cosplayer: Hailey S Cosplay
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
 
#overwatch #blizzardentertainment #videogames #cosplay #photoshop #composite #art #soldier76 #c2e2
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