Sneak peak of my first cosplay shoot: Liliana Vess from Magic: The Gathering!

in photography •  8 days ago

Good evening, Steemit! It’s past the midnight hour and I’m sitting in bed reflecting on a really, really eventually day. Not in the “…running around, doing things” sense, but in the “….making myself manically consumed with crypto-trades” variety. If you read my tarot reading from yesterday with @tarotbyfergus, you’ll have some context for the trading turbulence I’ve been feeling.

Today, for better or worse, I sold all my IOTA for EOS and STEEM. Truthfully, I bought IOTA on a whim and the timing couldn’t have been better. Just hours before this unreal climb. I don’t know much about IOTA. It was a lucky break. I am, however, a Graphene loyalist, and in my heart I wanted to have more tokens from the blockchains I believe in. These kinds of gains are rare and I’m 100% okay that trade. I’m sure IOTA is going to continue it’s climb, but I’m thinking long term and EOS is where I’m placing my bets.

Tonight’s photography is a big step in a career spanning almost two decades. In all my years behind the camera, I’ve never shot cosplay. To be honest, I never had an interest. Most of the cosplay photography I’ve seen is really bad. I am a nerd, and I love geek culture, but it wasn’t “serious” enough. Finally, as an unapologetic Magic: The Gathering enthusiast, I found a cosplay theme that was serious! 

Liliana Vess, or as @tarotbyfergus calls her, “…fuckin’ Liliana!” […he calls her that when she’s cast and he can’t do anything about it. Usually, that means he’s going to die]. Liliana is a necromancer planeswalker and a cornerstone of the MTG world. She’s a brilliantly developed character.

Last year, I met a SP/FX make-up artist named Kaci Wegleitner. We arranged a lunch to discuss a fantasy shoot but the moment I saw her, I said “HOLY SHIT! You look just like Liliana Vess!”. I explained to her who she was, then we went forward with the scheduled fantasy shoot planning, but in the back of my mind, I was thinking “…we’re going to make this Liliana shoot happen, one day.”.

That day came. @vermillionfox totally played the costuming for this MTG cosplay. I found a gown at the local thrift store, Kaci created the signature Liliana crown and facial scars. We found a secluded, woodsy location in St. Paul with giant concrete ruins. Every now and then, shoots just fall in to place. This was one of those. As the sun went down, we equipped Kaci’s palms with small, purple LED’s and at points, that was the only light used to make pictures.

*GIF courtesy of @vermillionfox

This is just a preview of the entire Liliana Vess cosplay shoot. I’m looking forward to posted the entire set of these photos once they’re edited. Thanks for reading. For more photography, art, illustration and the stories behind the work, follow me here @kommienezuspadt!

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That's so awesome! You get to bring your two passions together!

Will you draw the LED's out a bit more in the stills, or was it too bright out during the shoot for that to happen?

wow amazing post @kommienezuspadt
if you can visit to my post

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I appreciate that @rizkigold!

Wow this cosplay looks awesome! :D well done!

Luck is on your side. It looks like you are an expert in investment. You put something in its place. Good luck always for you. I saw a picture and gif a very beautiful woman. Thanks for sharing @kommienezuspadt.

Wow, really rock cos.
Can't wait to see the full set.

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Thanks @antfield! Same here. I'm excited to get through the rest of them.

nicely executed @kommienezuspadt, i look forward to more cosplay from you :)

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Thanks @earnwithfelix! There's a few other MTG cosplays I'd like to do with the same model.

amazing costume and she is very beautiful

This is a brilliant cosplay, Lars! She looks exactly like the character from the cards :)

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Thanks @irreverent-dan. I'm really happy with how these turned out. I can't wait to get through the rest of the shoot. Down the road, we're talking about doing an Avacyn, the Purifier shoot together as well.

Wow beautiful and eye catching.

joss photographi....✌✌

aw, i translated all your post and at the end i find myself should wait to see final pictures,
But its not to know about stories behind your work

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Nice to know *

That is super cool. The lights on her palms are sweet!

Wow what incredible pictures.

I am stoked to see the final images from this shoot. You guys did a killer job on pulling the whole look together, and I can totally see your style of photography, with the dark ambiance, working so well with the MTG theme, since the cards' images tend to be fairly dark and dramatic as well.

Beautiful work as always. And I'm with you on the IOTA + EOS train. See you on the moon next year :)

I’m baaaack! Haha oh geez I feel like I’ve lost out on so much of your awesome work! Hope you and yours are well🎀

wow, that is extremely well done! What a find at the thrift store for that dress, it works perfectly for Liliana; I have a Liliana Planeswalker from the brief time I played MTG, but I can't remember exactly which one. I also got a Jace which I ended up selling for like $50 or something.

Did you ever used to play the Star Wars CCG back in the late 90's/ early 2000s?

Nice work! Resteemed :)