While I never intentionally delved into the art of photography, I found myself immersed in it. From Film School training, to filling in for a missing photographer at a cosplay shoot, I began to appreciate the quiet art of photography.
Believe it or not, I became rather camera shy in my Middle and High School years. While I used to act in Elementary school, I soon became more comfortable in working ‘behind stage’ so to speak, particularly due to my lack of confidence in my appearance. But I began to cosplay, I found myself wanting to take pictures. So I did and… I felt that something was missing. I was wearing something tailored for me, make up done up, so what was… Oh right, the camera. Slowly, I began to want to learn how to look better in pictures and pose in my costumes with that ‘one-great-look’ that I found in the mirror one day. I started to ask, “How does a camera really work?” “Is there a trick to getting good pictures?”
I started to play around with lighting, background, composition, and angling. Mostly at the time I was acting as the model. I just took note of what looked good, what didn’t, what we did with one photo, what we did with another, etc. It was a lot of trial and error. At the same time that I was getting into cosplay though, I was going to college for Film. Enter the rule of thirds (among other great tricks used by cinematographers). My professors would teach me how to get a ‘good shot’ in film. They taught me what detracted, what enhanced, and how changing various elements could help me get the shots that I wanted. And as they taught me, I started to see how what they were teaching also carried through to photography, both in my own modeling experiences as well as photography done by others.