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 Guysgirl.com and a previous GAAM model =) Blythe showcased a more modern take on April’s outfit, as well as her awesome Mikey t-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?
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
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!
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.
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.
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!