What is cosplay? Cosplay is defined by Wikipedia in short as "...a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea."
But that is a very simple definition, as it is so much more! It is a love of imagination and creativity. It is an escape from reality, a way to be someone else if only for a day. Cosplay is not just recreating or interpreting an existing character, it is also about creating your own character and a back story for them.
The work that goes into a costume can take hours or even months! Getting to photograph someones hand made creation is truly special and rewarding. Not only do you want to show off the detail of the costume, but you also want to capture the character itself. Being a huge nerd myself (I'm not afraid to admit it) I love getting to do this! Mass amounts of creativity can be put into photographing cosplayers, in thus it is a great creative outlet for a photographer... Of course it helps that I myself love to partake in the fun of cosplaying too!
Below are some images done over the past couple years.