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Ian Blyth is an incredible photographer, Cosplayer and kitten tamer. I met him for the first time at only my second convention, I knew ONE person there and his group and himself welcomed me with absolute open arms, they are all wonderful people and we have friends ever since.
What came first? Photography or cosplay?
Originally I got into the cosplay / convention world as a photographer. I had a few friends that do cosplay for fun, and I ended up doing a few shoots for them and it looked really fun, so I started planning my own costumes and eventually got up the guts to wear one to a convention, and the rest is just fun history.
What got you into photography?
Actually an amusing story, I have a lot of friends that work in the fetish industry / scene, and I was spending some time with them quite a few years ago while they were getting ready for a planned shoot. That day however the photographer actually let them down, and they asked me if I wanted to have a laugh and do some shots with them as they were already dressed and ready. So we had some fun and actually enjoyed it, and they actually liked quite a few of the shots. So from there I continued on with it and started buying my own proper equipment, and progressed into wedding photography and cosplay photography from there.
What got you into cosplay?
Simply put, my friends. After doing photos with my costumer friends and having a laugh with them about it, I decided to actually start joining in the fun and start building my own costumes. My first proper costume was a 10th Doctor costume, which was pretty simple, but from there I started to push myself with Jareth (Goblin King) and onto Ghostbusters and others from there.
What’s been your most difficult shot?
Ohh tricky question with the way I work for most of my photography, the shot isn’t the most difficult thing, it’s the editing and compositing afterwards. So planning out lighting, poses and interaction beforehand is always tricky, and afterwards the editing is always the longest process. Between the three, planning, shooting and editing, the shooting part is actually the most relaxed of the three strangely enough, which is generally why I tend to just have fun and laugh a lot while doing the actual shoot.
What’s been your proudest cosplay moment?
I’d say one of my most unique achievements was having my costume posted and talked about by the writers of Doctor Who / Torchwood after an LFCC convention. Though the Twitter posts were more focused on some, ahem, attributes, of Jareth, as I’d forgotten to wear a dance belt under the tight leggings. Quite embarrassing to have some famous writers discussing my junk and congratulating me on it publically on Twitter but I’d think my proudest achievement was how many people actually stopped me walking around the event as Jareth and asked just to look at my coat and touch all the gems.
Anyone who knows you, knows just how detailed and perfect you make your cosplay outfits. How long does it take you make an average costume.
Oh wow, I don’t suppose you’d just accept ages for an answer? Lol Ok, Jareth took me about 8 or 9 months in total, and I’m still perfecting him with new boots and makeup tweaks Ghostbuster build has been going on for over a year now and is still in progress.
Honestly, it depends. A lot of my costumes I commission separately, like my Power Ranger set, or my Night wing that’s in progress currently but if it’s something I think I can achieve myself, like a Ghostbuster proton pack build, then I’ll throw myself into it and take as much time as I can over it.
If you want to check out Ian's work please feel free to check out his stuff here!
Photographers & Cosplayers Credit!
Jereth1.jpg by - https://www.facebook.com/LPCosplayPhotography
Jareth2.jpg by - https://www.facebook.com/ShinigamiPhotography
Lady Noctis.jpg - https://www.facebook.com/LadyNoctisOfficial
MsMarvel.jpg - https://www.facebook.com/LisaMarieCosplay
OnShoot.jpg - https://www.facebook.com/nerdburlesque
PowerGirl.jpg - https://www.facebook.com/TequilaKyleCosplay
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