I am so thrilled to have another cosplay photographer/cosplayer with us today! I greatly enjoyed getting to know them and I hope you do too!
ISO: HI, WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
DB:David B or @bydeebee on Instagram
ISO: What is your favorite beverage?
ISO: Who are your favorite fictional characters?
Grand Admiral Thrawn, Lan Mandragoran, G’Kar & Londo, 7th Doctor & Ace, everyone in Firefly!
ISO: If you could live in or visit any fantasy world, where would you go?
DB: Firefly’s ‘verse
ISO: what are your “”fandoms””?
DB: Star Wars, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Firefly, Monty Python
ISO: What is the most difficult thing for you about what you do?
DB: Finding the time..
ISO: Who are your support team members? (tribe, family, etc)
DB: My niece (@choco_sundae_ ) and my longtime friend Sarah ( @sheepandcliff)
ISO: Do you attend geek events? If yes, which ones are your favorite?
DB: Yes! I go to many of the main UK events – MCM London, Birmingham, LFCC and a number of local conventions. My favourite though is DragonCon (Atlanta), the most accurate description I’ve heard is “a 5 day mardi-gras for nerds”.
ISO: When did you start cosplaying?
DB: 2017 was the first time I thought of myself as Cosplaying. But I’ve been wearing costumes for parties, concerts, murder mystery nights and LARPing since the 90’s!
ISO: Why do you cosplay?
DB: Its fun! And you get to meet people with shared interests.
ISO: What types of cosplay do you do?
DB: Mostly TV and Movies with a fantasy/science fiction theme.
ISO: What is your creative process?
DB: I keep a list of cosplays I’d like to do and aim to make 2 or 3 a year. I’ll tend to do a lot of online research and image collecting, procrastinate a while, then buy one item from the cosplay as a promise to myself to do it.
ISO: What is something you want to cosplay but probably never will?
DB: I’d like to do Alexander Dane (Alan Rickman from Galaxy Quest) and also G’Kar from Babylon 5 but both require complex headpieces and a lot of time so not sure if I’ll get there.
ISO: Do you make, buy, or special order your cosplays?
DB: I’ll build the cosplay through many sources – commissioning, online – amazon, ebay, etsy or a cosplay store, adapting items, thrift/charity stores and, on occasion, crafting!
ISO: What do you love about cosplay?
DB: Making someone’s day when they turn around and see you as a beloved character
ISO: What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay?
DB: When @choco_sundae_ isn’t around to help this mysterious thing called make-up
ISO: Who is your favorite character to cosplay?
DB: Personally, Grand Admiral Thrawn. To others, Severus Snape. The one that made most people happy was my ‘Breathtaking Keanu’.
ISO: Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?
DB: The majority are characters that I love, a couple have been suggestions from friends.
ISO: What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?
DB: I think beginning cosplayers have it right – turn up in costume (Cos) and have fun (play) 😊 Be sure not to let the costume side take over and take away the fun. The most impressive cosplayer to me are those that not only have fantastic costumes but will also change into casual cosplays and have fun with their friends.
ISO: What tips/tricks do you have for other cosplayers?
DB: Try walking/moving like the character you are cosplaying – it can often add something extra.
ISO: What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?
DB: How massive these events are! There’s still a perception I think that it’s a strange, niche, thing.
ISO: What cosplays are you working on?
DB: The 8th Doctor, Lucius Malfoy and Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan
ISO: What cosplays do you want to do if money/time were no object?
DB: See: something I would love to cosplay but probably never will!
ISO: Where can people find your cosplays?
DB: On my Instagram @bydeebee
ISO: When did you start cosplay photography?
DB: In 2015 at a Sherlocked convention, but more seriously at MCM London in 2017
ISO: What got you into photography?
DB: It’s a creative outlet where my rubbish hand-eye co-ordination doesn’t matter so much!
ISO: What made you go into cosplay photography specifically?
DB: Before I started cosplaying it was a fun way to get involved when going to a convention
ISO: How long have you been doing photography?
DB: Since 2009. I got a DSLR and took an evening course
ISO: What type(s) of cosplay do you like to shoot?
DB: All of them! I’m lucky to get to shoot some top-notch cosplayers but I also really enjoy being able to get a special photo for a more casual cosplayer. I do have a real soft spot for quirky, off-the-wall, obscure and mash-up cosplays (well at least the ones I recognise!)
ISO: What is your favorite kind of cosplay photo shoot?
DB: I’ve really enjoyed location shoots but at cons I like the creative challenge of finding interesting locations or backdrops that fit the character
ISO: What do you love about cosplay photography?
DB: It’s a fun way to meet a lot of cosplayers and add something back into the community
ISO: What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay photography?
DB: Finding the time! As I am usually cosplaying as well balancing the time for shoots against going to meets, talks and catching up with friends.
ISO: Do you have any camera equipment you can’t live without?
DB: I tend to run and gun and work with what I have. But I do love my 50mm prime lens as its great for portraits in a con environment
ISO: If you could give cosplayers tips about working with a photographer, what would they be?
DB: Relax! Have a few ideas for shots you want. Be willing to talk about the Character you’re cosplaying as personally that helps me find an appropriate style to shoot in.
ISO: What is something you wish cosplayers knew about working with a photographer?
DB: It takes a long time to develop and edit photos – so patience..
ISO: What is your creative process?
DB: For booked shoots I will research the characters being cosplayed and learn a little about their personalities, story, signature looks & poses. At a con I will be much more ‘of the moment’ and see what opportunities are nearby
ISO: Where can people find your photography?
DB: Primarily on Instagram @bydeebee
ISO: What is your greatest achievement (regarding cosplay photography)?
DB: Easily the Good Omens sets I did with @bananacustardcostuming and @britishspidey which took off massively last year.
ISO: Do you attend geek events?
DB: Yes! Most of my photography is at events. I go to many of the main UK events – MCM London, Birmingham, LFCC and a number of local conventions. My favourite though is DragonCon (Atlanta)
ISO: What do you love about obscure cosplays?
DB: They all have a sense of innate fun. You’re definitely not doing the cosplay to try and impress or gain attention but because you genuinely love the character. I also love the diversity it adds to cosplaying.
ISO: Where can people find you online?
DB: Primarily on Instagram @bydeebee
ISO: How do people feel about you taking photos while you are in cosplay?
DB: I get two main reactions. Those who assume I’m not a ‘real’ photographer because I’m in cosplay and those, especially less experienced cosplayers, who will tend to relax more easily with me as I think it’s easier to relate to them cosplayer to cosplayer
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