So last summer Jonathan and I decided to submit some of our cosplay photography images to Dr. Grymm Laboratories after they sent out a nation-wide request for cosplay photography to feature in their new book.
From Dr. Grymm Laboratories on what this book was all about, “You can see the appeal of having these incredible photos that really show off the work that is put into a costume and making all the details perfect. Along with that comes the ability to roleplay a bit and have some fun. I find that my favorite images are the ones where the cosplayers are really getting into the spirit of becoming the character. For instance I saw a Yuna cosplay last night where the subject was standing on water and splashing with her staff. It looked straight out the game. More than that though, IT LOOKED FUN. Those are the things we want to highlight with this project. Innovation, artistry and fun.”
After submitting our portfolio last year, we forgot about it completely till we received an e-mail about a month ago saying that some of our photos were used and the book would soon be available for purchase. Again, figuring we’d buy it once it was out, we forgot about it. Then, just a few days ago, my mum came over with a surprise… the book! She had ordered it and guess what… we were in it! Many times! Wooooooo!
It’s always fun to have projects you pour your heart and soul into being put in the spotlight and featured. We don’t often seek the spotlight with our costumes, and rarely participate in masquerades or contests, so it’s thrilling when we do put our work out there and get a positive response.
I also think it’s cute that the book lists us as Gingi Edmonds and Jonathan Freeman (since we submitted it before the wedding). It’ll definitely be something sweet to show Tessa – this is what your parents did before you were born!
Here are all the photos that the book used – I’m surprised they picked these ones since there were so many more that I would have assumed would get picked first! But I’m not complaining. ^_^
Cowboy Bebop with me as Faye Valentine, Jonathan as Spike Spiegel, my dad as Jet Black, my sister as Ed and my parents dog Brandi as Ein. Taken on private property in Hanford, California. March 2011.
Firefly with me as Kaylee Frye. Taken at the Kings County Sheriff’s Office boiler room in Hanford, California. July 2010.
Fruits Basket with me as Tohru Honda and Sean as Yuki Sohma. Taken at the Japanese Art Institute in Hanford, California. January 2012.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian with me as Susan Pevensie and Jonathan as Prince Caspian. Taken at Hospital Rock in Sequoia National Forest, California. October 2010.
Rurouni Kenshin with me as Kaoru Kamiya, Jonathan as Kenshin Himura and Sean as Sanosuke Sagara. Taken at the Japanese Gardens in Fresno, California. May 2012.
Thor with me as Lady Sif and Jonathan as Thor. Taken in the foothills of Kettleman Hills, California. May 2012.
If you are interested in purchasing the book, you can pick it up off of Amazon.com here.