Recently, I had the opportunity to take part in my first professional cosplay photoshoot. Something I love about blogging is that it gives you so a chance to collaborate with so many different people. Through it, I was able to find a local photographer called Priya, who was happy to to be involved. Here’s what happened when the Red Hood went out into Manchester.
I met Priya in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, a trendy area of the city that can pretty much be described as hipster central. We’d already talked about what kind of photoshoot it should be. I wanted it to be a gritty homage to the darker side of Gotham City. Priya was helpful in choosing a location, which turned out to be a long alleyway nearby the café we met in.
During the photoshoot, Priya suggested different positions. I could tell she knew what she was doing and found her suggestions to be helpful. A lot of the photos were taken in front of a series of railings that made me feel as if I was in Crime Alley. This allowed me to get into character and we took a series of shots from various angles.
Midway through the shoot, Priya took some high-definition shots of the costume and I’ll list the things I was wearing.
Red Hood Jacket and Helmet – £240 together
OMAGAI Upgraded Men’s Full Finger Tech Gloves – £12
TACVASEN Military Scratch-Resistant Men’s Hiking Pants – £30
Nitehawk Army Patrol Black Leather Combat Boots – £20
Towards the end of the photoshoot, I decided it would be a good idea to stand on top of a large bin. Thankfully, I managed to avoid falling in and Priya got some great photos. I was happy with the whole experience and it made me eager to cosplay other characters in future. Cosplaying is a wonderful opportunity to be creative.