Catwoman Cosplay as my first official cosplay photo shoot of the year 2014? With one of my favorite cosplayers ever?! CAN YOU SAY HELL YES?!!! Cosplay is something that I’ve always admired but never been able to get into myself. I can alter outfits to look as punk as I want them to, but it will be nothing like the stunning ensembles I’ve seen at conventions like Anime Central. One of the most impressive members of the Chicago Cosplay Community is Kali Chillis who I had just been dying to shoot with for so many reasons.
The Background Of The Breakthrough In the Cosplay Community
Kali represents a small budding fraction of “Honey Dipped Cosplayers”. I have definitely become accustomed to calling it that after I was invited into the Facebook group that supports any woman of any size, color, or age cosplaying. (I do believe it’s a closed group, but if you share the interest among the other girls, it’s not hard at all to become a member.) For years, it’s seemed as though someone’s decided that “black people can’t cosplay white characters, superheroes, or anime characters” which is not only extremely unfair but embarrassing. A friend of mine put it best, she said: “I hate it when people say things like ‘Look, it’s a black Poison Ivy!’ Why do people say that?!'” I completely agree! Skin tone doesn’t define the time, effort, creativity and hard work that a cosplayer puts into their creation. They eagerly and diligently work for months on the art and it’s impressive! Yet, beautiful, well-done, cosplayers are getting labeled with terms like “race bent” as a representative of who they are. In case you’re not familiar with the term, it’s a spin-off of the word “genderbent” where fans create a gender switched version of a character.
That being said, I will willingly support any well-done cosplay regardless of the color simply because I can appreciate anyone who takes the time out to really create something amazing. Kali is the perfect example. She has folders upon folders dwelling in her Facebook where she showcases patterns she’s created and step-by-step progression shots showing off each and every intricate design she’s created from scratch! It just so happens that her Catwoman Cosplay is actually fashioned from a Deviantart Fan Art that features an absolutely kawaii cartoon of Catwoman in a studded denim vest.
Personally, I think that Kali did a PHENOMENAL job even sporting green contacts to make it completely authentic, but I’ll let you be the judge officially! Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Catwoman, and trust me when I say that this kitten’s got claws. The mini session took place in downtown Chicago where Kali fearlessly walked the mysterious dark alleyways and underpasses slinking about as Catwoman herself would really do.
The Model: Kali has a Facebook as well as a DeviantArt where she showcases many of her other cosplays. Trust me, pick a link and venture through it. You’ll be impressed. Also! The artist who made the cosplay that Kali is modeling also has a Deviantart where she shows off that lovely Catwoman drawing.
What Have I Been Up To Lately?
I can’t tell you much but I can tell you that it involves a bow tie, me being extremely awkward and a lot of hotel room laughs. No! It’s not what you think it is, but it definitely was going on next door, and that was the scariest thing ever. Other than that, I’ve been having lots of meetings filled with lots of caffeine and consultations which are now free for aspiring Chicago models who may or may not be looking to book me. Seven people have searched the words “Jasemine Denise Photography prices” or “Jasemine Denise Prices”, let me tell you, search high and low you will not find them.
I don’t want my clientele to look at my site, go “Hm, seems affordable” and click “book.” No, I want to see what you see when you sought out to book me. I’m not gonna charge you an arm and a leg, there’s no secret… Just know, if I’m going to photograph you I want it to because you saw the product, not the price tag. (Though you’ll find that my prices are pretty damn low.)
Know that you can always book me, with the contact link above and don’t forget to subscribe! I’ve got a looooot of cosplay shoots coming up, so you should be here to check them out!
Happy Convention Season