Photographers: The Unsung Heroes of Conventions

Photography feature

If you’ve ever been to C2E2 or any other convention, you definitely noticed the cosplayers. They are everywhere, dressed in a variety of costumes. The cosplay on display ranges from simple body suits to elaborate builds, it’s taken from the pages of a comic book and brought to life, copied from a favorite show, or simply pulled out of the imagination. You can’t miss the variety.

What you may have missed, or even been annoyed by, are the photographers. From amateurs with a cellphone to professionals with elaborate rigs, they are there aiming for the the perfect shot.

Not all of them are there for the same reasons. For some of the photographers, it’s a great way to add to their portfolio, meet new people, try new photography skills, and talk with others that share their passion.

Some photographers are trying to make money or build a reputation, others do it just for fun.

Long after the cosplayers have left and the C2E2 letters are put away, photographers are still working. Even if they got the ‘perfect shot,’ there is a lot of editing to do.

I am not a professional photographer. I don’t have good equipment or good editing software. I don’t have the eye (or the patience) to tweak colors, improve contrast on areas, clean up dust motes or enhance someone’s eyes. I do very basic editing and it takes me about 30 seconds per photo to decide if I want to keep it, crop it, and improve the lighting. Then when I am done with all the photos, I resize and watermark them, which takes even more time.

If you are doing 100 photos, that is about an hour of work. Many photographers take more than 100 photos and take more care in the editing process.

If you get your photos sometime that week, be extremely grateful to your photographer. They put their life on hold to edit photos for you (and others). If you expect to have fancy backgrounds or special effects, don’t harass your photographer. Just sit back and have patience.

Photography is a lot of work.

Here is a shout out to all the photographers I think I captured. You worked hard and deserve recognition.



Steve Kaminsky
– Kaminsky Kandids Photography

Website – https://kaminskykandids.wixsite.com/kaminskykandidsphoto
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/KaminskyKandidsPhotography
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/kaminsky_kandids_photography
Twitter – https://twitter.com/steve_kaminski?lang=en


Afrodyte Charlotte – Afrodyte Charlotte Photography

Website – https://afrodytecharlottephotography.client-gallery.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/afrodyte.charlotte
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/Afrodyte87
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Afrodyte87
Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/people/afrodyte


Eddie Bonneau – Eddie B Photos

Website – https://eddiebphotos.smugmug.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/EddieBPhotos
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/eddiebphotos/
Twitter – https://www.instagram.com/eddiebphotos/


Jason Ernst – Chicago Con Pics

Website – http://chicagoconpics.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/chicagoconpics/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/chicagoconpics


Kirsten Asensio – Chicago Con Pics

Website – http://chicagoconpics.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/chicagoconpics/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/chicagoconpics


Carole Brown – Gradh Photography

Website – http://Ko-fi.com/gradhphotography
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/GradhPhotography


Jen Greeley –

Website – http://Ko-fi.com/gradhphotography
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.greeley.73
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/orangegofish/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/me_greeley


Mary Jo Chrabasz – Gradh Photography
Website – http://Ko-fi.com/gradhphotography
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/GradhPhotography


David Ngo – DTJAAAAM

Website – https://www.dtjaaaam.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DTJAAAAM/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/dtjaaaam/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/DTJAAAAM


Brett Bergen – Brett Bergen Photograph
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BrettBergenPhotography
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/brbphotographer


Michael Fye – Raptor Drone Photography

Website – https://raptordronephoto.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RaptorDronePhotography
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/raptordrone
Twitter – https://twitter.com/raptor_drone


Vincent Kan – Vincent Kan Photography

Website – http://www.vincentkan.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/VincentKanPhotography
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/vincent.h.kan


Trevor Fitzpatrick – FITZPATRIX

Website – https://fitzpatrix.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/trevor.fitzpatrick.549
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/szxygy96


David Mikel Etheridge – Icy Ace Cosplay & Photography

Website – https://icyace.smugmug.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IcyAce.06/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/IcyAce.06


Jacob Burress – Burress Production

Website – https://burressproductions.myportfolio.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Burressproductionspage/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/p/B9ZnxSZDtmf/


Michael P Hoover – Michael P Hoover Photography

Website – https://www.michaelphooverphotography.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MichaelPHooverPhotography
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/mphcosplayphotog
Tumblr – I’m too old for Tumblr
Twitter – Twitter scares me
Flickr – This is the deep, dark dungeon where my portfolios I hate now are kept. Be very, very wary…


Kitty Wolf – Kitty Wolf Photography

Website – https://www.kittywolfphotography.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/KittyWolfPhotography
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/KittyWolfPhotography/
The Boys Can Be Princesses Too Project


Crystal Gonzalez

Website – https://crystalsgonzalez.crevado.com/cosplay-photography
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/estiloygracia


Did we miss you? Probably…I lost everyone’s business cards, so send us your information in a message via email at acarvelli@popCultHQ.com, tag popculthq in FB, send us a FB message, send up smoke signals, or slap me over the head next time and I will add you to the list.


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2 Comments

  1. Thanks for writing this! Sadly photography is an afterthought due many cosplayers of they think of it at all and for those that value great photos few are willing to pay for truly great work. Good photography is worth it and great cosplays should be captured well.

  2. Thank you for noticing us! For me, even 100 photos would equate to days of work. But yeah typically its 100s of photos. I haven’t been to many conventions but a few of them. And i do love it when I do go.

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