-IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON ATTENDING, PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS POST-
The Acen open shoot is returning for its fourth year!
For those of you who haven't attended any of the previous shoots, here’s the lowdown. We photographers would love to be able to work with as many cosplayers as we can at a con, but obviously, there is only so much we can do given the limited time we have. Likewise, for cosplayers there are a plethora of limitations. The aim of the open shoot is to try and fix some of these problems, all while making new connections in the process.
So how does this work?
For an hour on Friday, a large group of photographers will all be setting up in the same location. Any cosplayers that are interested in doin...g a quick shoot are welcome to come. It is a totally free event, but all that we ask is that you bring cosplay cards or some form of identification that you can have the photog take a picture of or give to them (more on this later). You can work with as many or as few as you wish, but just understand that depending on the crowd you might only be able to work with a couple in the time limit. Each one of these “mini-shoots” will range from 2 to 5 minutes (at the discretion of the photographer).
We will meet up at 4:00 PM underneath the east most circular tower at the Hyatt (I will include pictures in the comments, but here’s a link to it on google maps — tinyurl.com/ld9lwdz
). Unlike last year, this space will NOT be an official Acen shoot location. While you can actually find the event in the guide book, please ignore it as it has the wrong location and time. While this does mean that we aren't limited to the hard hour time limit that we had last year, it will be up to each photographer to decide if they are going to stay longer — expect that everyone will end at 5:00, so if you want to make sure you will be able to work with multiple photographers, I would try and be there early.
Now let’s go back to this cosplay card business. In previous years, we had made this a requirement. We are going to make this a bit looser this year. When you start working with a photographer, you can either hand them a cosplay card OR give some sort of identification that they can take a picture of you with (this can be as simple as a piece of paper with your instagram/facebook tag on it). The main purpose of this is so they can tag you later when they post the photos. If you choose to do cards, the do not need to be anything special. You can simply print your important information such as your name/nickname, email, fan page(s), or other social media relevant to your cosplay. It will help us out a ton and helps everyone connect and be more social, which is part of what meetups like this are for.
As an aside, I (Vontography) won’t be shooting during the event so I can focus on making things run smoothly. I know this sucks, especially for those of you looking for a chance to work with me, but the awesome list of photogs you can work with will more than make up for it.
Eddie B Photos
FX Dandy COS
Nude Carbon Studios
Sajia K. Photography
Vincent Kan Photography
-POTENTIALLY MORE TO COME-
FOR INTERESTED PHOTOGRAPHERS
This shoot is open for cosplayers, but it is invite only for photograpers. Please contact me if you would like to be included, but keep in mind that I am going to be quite picky and only want to add experienced and skilled photographers I feel comfortable with.
Some additional details:
-For photographers who are currently shooting, try and form a line behind them so they know who is waiting for them and to keep things from getting too chaotic.
-There are no rules as to how every individual photo wants to choose to pick their next cosplayer. They mostly will go entirely based on who is in line for them, but they could also try and mix it up and grab cosplayers themselves.
-Expect photographers to spend at most 5 minutes with you. We wish we could do more, but the attendance size really has made it so that is all the time we have per person.
-This has the potential to turn in to a disaster. In order for that not to happen, please be respectful and understanding! The community already has enough drama, let's try and make this go smoothly and not add to it.
-In case of rain, the event will be fully canceled. I know this sucks, but this location was chosen because of how well is can accommodate lots of photographers with different shooting styles and that just can’t be replicated indoors.
-You are free to bring guests with you, but we ask if they have a camera to not bring it out. It isn't that we have a problem with taking pictures of the event, it's just we don't want any confusion on who is actually a photog or not. Feel free to snap away on your phone. Also know that we may make guests hold a flash or a reflector ;)
If you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask!