Howie’s photo session with cosplayer Zelvyne

Just before Christmas, I was lucky enough to have been able to get away from London to see my friend Amy, aka cosplayer and cosplay maker Zelvyne (check out her stuff, because her costumes are AMAZING!), down in the West Country. Being in the grimy wet weather of the West Country, I couldn’t resist asking Amy to help find a suitable location in the hills for a wet, grimy, and muddy location shoot with her upgraded Lara Croft cosplay.

We did shoots on two days: day one was grimy, wet, rainy, and cold; day two was sunny, a little drier, and cold. Sorry, Amy, for making you freeze out there in the hills!

I played with some action shots too but wasn’t sure which I liked most, so I threw all of them together and ended up with three short animations. If I had to choose, I would go with the second one, with the slight kicking away of leaves.

I have to say I am loving shooting on locations away from cons. It gives the whole scene a rather authentic feel about it, rather than having an obviously con background. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to have pictures from a con and all, but I think I prefer the idea of a good background to really add the environment for the photos. Plus, it’s a good excuse to travel around.

Massive thank you to Amy for humouring me, being my guinea pig, and entertaining me during my trip to the West Country!!!