GAAM Ninja Turtle Shoot (Part 2 of 3)

GAAM Ninja Turtle Shoot (Part 2 of 3)

Cowabunga!!! With the new trailer out for Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I thought I’d recap the last two GAAM Fashion x Cosplay Shoots I did with the Ninja Turtles theme.

The first shoot we did was at Divebar. Our second shoot was at Akaya Sushi & Grill. First off, *goes into Yelp review mode* Akaya has become my FAVORITE sushi place in Jacksonville. The decor inside is modern and sleek, the staff is very courteous (especially co-owner/manager Mario, a super hospitable host) and the portion sizes are BIG for the price, especially their sushi rolls. Definitely check them out.

Anyway, Akaya let me use their private room for this mini shoot that featured April, Shredder and Kitsune.

I was lucky to have a real journalist model as April O’Neil: Blythe Brumleve, the founder/editor of and a previous GAAM model =) Blythe showcased a more modern take on April’s outfit, as well as her awesome Mikey t-shirt.

April O'Neil cosplay April O'Neil cosplay  April O'Neil cosplay wearing TMNT Michelangelo shirt

One of my fave shots of Blythe is when she interviews Shredder and they take turns intimidating each other hehe.  I wonder what her first question would be?

April O'Neil and Shredder interview april-o-neil-vs-shredder-tmnt

Next up are cosplay couple Alexander William Silas and Keia Conen, who dressed as Shredder and Kitsune, respectively. These two are adorable, particularly when they’re helping each other with their headpieces XD

Shredder and Kitsune cosplay


All photographers want to work with someone like Keia, a natural poser with excellent facial expressions. Elegant, aloof, flirty, mischievious – she could handle any emotion I asked of her!

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And Alex’s Shredder outfit was AMAZING. His helmet and arm guards were made out of foam exercise mats. I’m always in awe of how creative cosplayers are in constructing their outfits. Alex showed me some pics of large weapons he’s built previously that are made out of wood, as well as an arm crossbow that’s triggered with a button. Keia also hand-painted the fox mask she’s wearing.


Alex and Keia of course have great chemistry when on-camera together, which was perfect to play out the pseudo-romantic vibe I wanted in some of the shots.



I love this tea-ceremony shot. It’s like a peek into the domestic side of villains when they’re not plotting to take over the world.

Finally, I knew going into the shoot that I wanted to make a movie-style poster of Shredder. Alex hit this dramatic pose with Keia assisting with lighting.

Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

I really loved how the Shredder piece came out and am planning to create more pieces like this for the next GAAM shoot. Thanks again to Blythe, Alex, and Keia for your energy and to Akaya for hosting it. My third post of the TMNT photo series will be up soon.

Thanks for reading!


There are 2 comments

    • klaracu

      Hi Niki,

      I believe the cosplayer, Keia, created the mask herself with paper mache and then she painted the design. Her Facebook page is Lady Valkyrie Hrist if you want to reach out to her to ask about it.

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