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

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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The Dark Elf – Photoshop composite art from Reality Reimagined

Today I’m returning to the world of  dark elves and Photoshop composites.

One of the common misconceptions that most people have for compositing, revolves around how much lighting you need and what type of green screen you have to use.

Folks often assume that you need a several lights to separate the person from the green screen and that a background like that is absolutely necessary to make a good extraction.
In this composite of our dark elf, played by Christie Pingel, I am using one single strobe with a beauty dish to create the shadows I want in the image and a single reflector off to her left. She’s standing against a beige wall in a loft and since her skin tone is in the same color family as the wall, there wasn’t any color cast.
The most important aspect of lighting is to use it to create the shadows and mood you want in your final image. This will always create a few issues that would never be acceptable in a typical portrait. In this case, her eyes have very little light in them at all. I took a second frame at a higher exposure to get the foundation that I could build on in Photoshop. I’m including the original image for reference.
I got the chance to work with Christie, her friend Emily (featured in my previous piece of Medusa) and the brilliant body painting art of Amanda Johnson. I wanted to continue the theme of elves for a shoot at Shutterfest and when Christie reached out to me to work together, I immediately saw the dark elf that I was looking for. She is a versatile talent that can play the lightest of moments and emotions and then completely switch and turn into one troubled, dark soul. That talent, coupled with the artistry of Amanda’s toning and styling, brought to life a new character bouncing around in my imagination.

So folks, let me introduce you to Shi’Larra Darkweaver.


Dark Elf Composite art

Photoshop composite art – dark elf from Reality Reimagined

Body paint and HMUA: Amanda Johnson
Costume, Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
#photoshop #composite #art #elf #darkelf #fantasy #wacom #shutterfest2018
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