Photographer & Model: Kassandra Leigh
For: Gothic Lolita Wigs
"There is no good story without a villain. I shall provide you with an antagonist beyond your imaginings or even your comprehension, and as you die you will curse my name exquisitely."-Drecarus, Master of The Sutured Helix.
Model/Retouching: Kassandra Leigh
Photographer: Conri of UnseelieAllure Studios
Shoot sponsored by: EVA Museum
Would u swear fealty? ^_~ Nothing like creamie slick #latex to make me feel like royalty!
Custom rubber top by: Vengeance Designs
Wig by: Gothic Lolita Wigs
Photographer & Model: Kassandra Leigh
My team worked SO hard on this img! Im so proud! AND SCARED! Since we are submitting it to the SMITE Contest this month! Cross your fingers for us guys!
Its def unlike the more serious fantasy/fashion/fetish work we have been doing up till now because it has a flare of humor! They say if you are with a person for 2 lon you start looking alike. If thats true- i should be Hel by now!…and so I am!
We started by staring at my closet trying to pull as close to the costumes as we could - out from what we already owned. Luckily for us- we are larping photoshooting crazy fuckers with gowns and glaives laying around. They werent perfect but they just had to be close in shape. SO NEXT
We took turns photographing each other in a few different poses with static lighting. And screaming to Killswitch Engage along the way >_> Then we picked which poses meshed best and composites them together in photoshop.
THE LONG HAUL which was bringing it all together in photoshop man @_@ But it was fun to mix Photography, Modeling, Retouching and Illustration all into an image like this for a game I spend like.. unhealthy hours on these days LOL
SO! What do you guys think? Should we do images like this in the future?
Anonymous asked: I see you making lots of posts about lack of money, and I'm just wondering why you don't try youtube? you could get really popular doing make up/clothes/reviews/retouching and get a partnership! You would easily get popular too, huge opening for alt bloggers right now, Just a thought
I do post videos now and again ^_^ You can see them in 2 places:
But its a bit difficult to put out new content? I dont really do anything crazy with makeup - and certainly nothing that hasnt been covered 342084 times. Id love to get more footage of my photoshoots but up untill now the only way i could record my shoots were if it was in range of my webcam lol Then I had to hope my PC wouldnt blow up if i tried to edit said video V_V But I am trying to put more together now that i have a cheap lil flipcam i can ductape to walls lol
Elite Cosplay | Photographer Interview: Kassandra Leigh
A:What insights do you think you bring to cosplay photography as a cosplayer yourself that other photographers are missing?
KL: The fact that I’m pretty well experienced at being on either side of the lens helps a lot with communication! I understand a lot of the insecurities and physical limitations( or lack there of!) of models and can be more aware of ways to make them work for the artistic angle of the shoot. A lot of photographers Iv worked with in the past weren’t noticing simple things like how at a certain angle – the bright (all be it, artistic and interesting ) light accentuated eye bags or that they wouldn’t communicate to twist the body a certain way so that it was more slimming. Sometimes when your only looking at the overall image as a piece of artwork you lose sight of how the model is going to feel when shes looking at the photo. When the model looks at the photo shes also looking at how she looks. Your client should look at the photo and almost not realize its her that’s how freakin’ blown away they are! So I think being aware of both sides makes my job of keeping both of us happy a bit easier.
A: As a photographer over at MyGeekGodess you take a fair amount of nude photography. Is there a difference on how you approach a clothed vs. nude shot? What are the keys in your mind to a good nude shoot?KL2
KL: Frozen peas. The first tip I always tell people is to photograph your model when shes cold or keep something cold to press against her nipples when shooting! It seems very silly but its something iv seen some nude photographs overlook. Puffy warm boobies are just not cute! With that said I think a real key to getting a great photoset with the models at GeekGoddess is having a model who is comfortable with her body. Nervousness and insecurities read in the eyes without a doubt! And many of these sets are 70+ images so its very intensive on the model to have a wide variety of poses to keep the set from being stale. I try and offer things for them to interact with. I’m guilty of shouting the phrase “cuddle with your environment!”.
A: We as a culture, USA, still have trouble accepting the female form for more than its parts. What do you hope to do as a nude photographer and promoter to change this fact?
KL: Some people look at this as an issue of “its art not porn”. Me? I think we need to look even further past that and ask “What is it about porn that is so upsetting for people?”. We are equal parts animal and civilization so the villianization of sexuality just seems silly to me. If my photos lack that “insinuation” or “heat” I think I failed! Sexuality doesn’t always have to be depicted as crude poorly lit cheesie VHS covers. Sets like what we do with GeekGoddess offer the reality that sexual can be enchanting and visually gripping. Nothing about our girls reads as “cheap”( to be read with some proud mama voice LoL)!
A: What should every cosplay do in order to insure good cosplay pictures when working with a photographer?
KL: Shop around! Make sure the photographer your working with consistently delivers photos you enjoy! If you don’t like overly retouched images you shouldn’t go to a photographer that often does that. Communicate with them and ask questions! And never hesitate to bring your own creative ideas to the table when brainstorming.
A: You seem to have a great fascination with Latex, Where did this come from? Why do you feel latex is the best form of expression for you?
KL: I wouldn’t say it is the best form of expression! But I do adore bringing it into my shoots. More than anything Im about the THREE Fs. Fantasy. Fashion. Fetish. If I can bring a bit of all of those things into one image ( at least for my personal work ) im overjoyed. I love the way latex looks and conforms to the body – it has that action figure look that works so well with the cell shading of comic books. It also helps helps that I have an amazing seamstress – Kayla of Vengeance Designs who brings almost all of my own designs to life! The next bit of latex ill be shooting will be my re designs of Luna from Sailor Moon: https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/t1/q71/s720x720/1460067_781057435252996_1568661061_n.jpg
A: What were your thoughts on your first nude shoot? How have you changed since that first one?
KL: I started off shooting nudes of myself the moment I turned 18 haha No communication required (Though perhaps a lot of juggling of remotes?)! So it was a horse of a different color once I started shooting other models. I think more than ever I’m seeing each girl responds to different approaches. Of course I’m constantly seeing how improving my equipment and resources is letting me expand on whats possible in the shoots themselves.
A: Why should nerdy girls join My Geek Goddess?
KL: I think of us as a gaggle of free spirits? Bohemian revolutionaries! We like what we like without any apologies and “shame” isn’t a word to be spoken in our house. The entire team is incredibly open minded to a lot of things so its rather easy to make new friends and have some interesting conversations. I mean…what is there not to love about of a group of creatively talented and driven geeks?!Applications to model for Geek Goddess open periodically and if you keep an eye on their facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/MyGeekGoddess its always kept up to date!
A: How can cosplayers get in contact with you to secure a photo shoot?
I spend anomalous amounts of time on my FB fanpage which makes it very easy to get a hold of me there!( Even more so if your a fellow night owl! ) However you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you prefer something a lil more direct!
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A bit thank you to MindFall Media for snagging wat is like…my FAV #BehindTheScenes shot from #Katsucon! Posing with the super skeski Avalon Cosplay for Sweet Sensation Photography in our Darkstalkers cosplay
(via Kassandra Leigh - Timeline Photos)