ByRichard Johnson, writer at Creators.co

When I was a kid I went to my local comic book shop with my dad. When we arrived, the place was packed full of people because of a comic book signing that was going on. As we tried to walk in the crammed space, we saw a man dressed up in a homemade Batman costume waiting in line, clutching his comic books. My dad looked at him, rolled his eyes, and said, "Ok, we're getting out of here. The weirdos have arrived."

Captain America: Jonah Levy of Blue Whale Studios
Captain America: Jonah Levy of Blue Whale Studios

My dad's comment might sound mean and judgmental, but back then cosplay wasn't socially acceptable. If you dressed up in the costume of your favorite superhero and went out in public, it meant that you had no job, didn't shower, and lived in your parents' basement. Today, however, this is not the case. Now, millions of cosplayers every year attend conventions, parties, special events, parades, and more. If you go to a Comic-Con now and you're not dressed up, you're the one out of place. I think this shift in public opinion has happened due to the Internet. It's given cosplayers the ability to show the world how fun it can be to dress up like a hero and go places with your friends. The public has also seen the art that's involved in the world of cosplay; the costumes that people make are really amazing, and they get better with each passing year.

Skeletor by Blue Whale Studios
Skeletor by Blue Whale Studios

Cosplay is one of our favorite genres to photograph. Our subjects have so much passion for what they do and the things they create. We're constantly blown away by the costumes and props people bring in. It's very important to us that we capture all of that hard work and creativity in a way that really brings it to life. Most cosplayers that come to us bring in costumes that are based off either movie or comic book characters, so that's what we make our final images look like. We have the ability to do this because we have deep roots in filmmaking and film history, and that knowledge guides us to our final images. Rich and I never set out to just take a photo, our goal is to tell a story. When we plan out a shot we pick a look and pose that will be striking enough so when people look at it they can fill in the before and after story in their own mind. Then we just stand back, cross our fingers, and hope it worked. Here are a few samples of our work with a few very talented cosplayers.

Samus Aran: Lauren Oh

Samus Aran: Lauren Oh
Samus Aran: Lauren Oh

Princess Mononoke: Matt Sprunger

Princess Mononoke: Matt Sprunger
Princess Mononoke: Matt Sprunger

Skeletor by Blue Whale Studios

Skeletor by Blue Whale Studios
Skeletor by Blue Whale Studios

Skeletor by Blue Whale Studios

Skeletor by Blue Whale Studios
Skeletor by Blue Whale Studios

Captain America: Jonah Levy of Blue Whale Studios

Captain America: Jonah Levy of Blue Whale Studios
Captain America: Jonah Levy of Blue Whale Studios

Captain America: Jonah Levy of Blue Whale Studios

Captain America: Jonah Levy of Blue Whale Studios
Captain America: Jonah Levy of Blue Whale Studios

Captain America: Jonah Levy of Blue Whale Studios

Captain America: Jonah Levy of Blue Whale Studios
Captain America: Jonah Levy of Blue Whale Studios

Scarecrow by Matt Sprunger (1)

Scarecrow by Matt Sprunger
Scarecrow by Matt Sprunger

Scarecrow by Matt Sprunger (2)

Scarecrow by Matt Sprunger
Scarecrow by Matt Sprunger

Scarecrow by Matt Sprunger (3)

Scarecrow by Matt Sprunger
Scarecrow by Matt Sprunger

Scarecrow by Matt Sprunger (4)

Scarecrow by Matt Sprunger
Scarecrow by Matt Sprunger

To view more of our work visit www.spectaclephoto.com

To view more epic cosplay and special FX awesomeness visit www.fxmakeup.com

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