It's been a while hasn't it? To be honest I wasn't sure if or when I would come back to blogging, until recently. I finally had the urge to write on here and become active as a blogger again. The main thing I am scared of is becoming trapped in an almost 'idealism' of what is expected of me. I don't want to become the blog that only writes what people want to see and leaves out all the realistic things. Don't get me wrong it's nice to write what people like, but this isn't what Little Owl Diary is about. As the name suggests it's my diary and it will also be about myself - not just reviews and guides. I will be writing personal posts and anything that is relevant to my life at the time.
Anyway, the past few months I have become more active as a cosplayer. I'm attending shoots and working on more and more costumes. Cosplaying is like my escape from my daily routine - at photoshoots and conventions I feel so much at home and relaxed. I love portraying my favourite characters
My friend Gosia over at MzPhoto asked me a while back if I would be interested in working with her on some cosplay shots. To me, it felt like I should be the one asking her! We actually did a cosplay-inspired shoot last year which went really well and I was super excited to be in the studio with her again. It didn't happen for a couple of months since we both needed to book some time off work and make a proper day of it rather than rush it into a time slot but we both agreed on a week ago last Friday. Gosia is really talented and recently took a photography course at Birmingham University. For up to a year after finishing the course they let you use the studio and lend out the cameras so it was a great opportunity to take advantage of that.
After dragging a case full of costumes from the train station to the university, we arrived and were told we could use any room because it was quiet today. Gosia had also booked a camera to use and it seriously took the best photos - I'm not too sure what model it was but wow sahjsdfhkd
First we shot my Karuta Roromiya maid ver. This is always such a fun cosplay and Karuta is my favourite female character so I love portraying her. In true Karuta style I brought along lollipops and sweets and it reminded me of our previous shoot which was inspired by her.
Since receiving the edits last weekend I have been playing around a lot with different filters and brushes, i came up with these -
Next we shot Celestia Ludenburg. I call this "the nightmare cosplay" because the wig is a nightmare to get on correctly, the fringe never seems to look right, the ring always ends up in bits and the stockings refuse to stay up. It's not the most practical outfit to wear and I had to keep stopping to fix things
I'm actually still working on some edits of this one because I was really unhappy with the way my hair looked + I think they look so much better with a 'dark' type filter so I want to make sure they are perfect before I post them online.
Lastly we shot Aoba Seragaki! I've been on a dmmd hype for well over a year now and have had this cosplay for months but never had the chance to get any decent photos.
This was my third lens change and my this point my eyes were feeling like either stabbed them or set fire to tem and they didn't look much better but luckily the bloodshottedness calmed down by the time I had finished my makeup.
I'm really pleased with these shots because I somehow look... masculine? Okay still p. girly but masculine for me. I have a ton of other Aoba shots that I either need to edit or obtain cause Gosia has only sent me my favourites so far. Damn good quality photos for being such huge file sizes!
I also nabbed this shot from my friend's instagram page. The organised mess that is my suitcase haha. Filled with props and costumes!