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Red Link by Almost-Focused Red Link :iconalmost-focused:Almost-Focused 17 7 Tiger and Bunny by Almost-Focused Tiger and Bunny :iconalmost-focused:Almost-Focused 9 0 Ayase Shinomiya from Guilty Crown by Almost-Focused Ayase Shinomiya from Guilty Crown :iconalmost-focused:Almost-Focused 16 2 Luka and Gakupo by Almost-Focused Luka and Gakupo :iconalmost-focused:Almost-Focused 27 2 Gakupo and Luka by Almost-Focused Gakupo and Luka :iconalmost-focused:Almost-Focused 16 7 Gakupo at the Gate by Almost-Focused Gakupo at the Gate :iconalmost-focused:Almost-Focused 14 2 The Red Stain by Almost-Focused The Red Stain :iconalmost-focused:Almost-Focused 19 8 Luka by Almost-Focused Luka :iconalmost-focused:Almost-Focused 19 0 Now for the End by Almost-Focused Now for the End :iconalmost-focused:Almost-Focused 16 0 The End is Near by Almost-Focused The End is Near :iconalmost-focused:Almost-Focused 16 6 Just a Little More by Almost-Focused Just a Little More :iconalmost-focused:Almost-Focused 13 0 It Will Be Alright by Almost-Focused It Will Be Alright :iconalmost-focused:Almost-Focused 8 0 The Embrace, Moments Before by Almost-Focused The Embrace, Moments Before :iconalmost-focused:Almost-Focused 12 3 The Embrace by Almost-Focused The Embrace :iconalmost-focused:Almost-Focused 6 0 Passing Through the Gate by Almost-Focused Passing Through the Gate :iconalmost-focused:Almost-Focused 33 6 The Last Light Before the Abyss by Almost-Focused The Last Light Before the Abyss :iconalmost-focused:Almost-Focused 21 2

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HMC: Her Heart Belongs to Thee by JoiFuLStudios HMC: Her Heart Belongs to Thee :iconjoifulstudios:JoiFuLStudios 43 9 GT - Gintoki: WOOOOAAAHHHH!!! (intense scene) by Lulu-Heartnet GT - Gintoki: WOOOOAAAHHHH!!! (intense scene) :iconlulu-heartnet:Lulu-Heartnet 15 11 Boris Airay - Alice in the country of Clover by Lulu-Heartnet Boris Airay - Alice in the country of Clover :iconlulu-heartnet:Lulu-Heartnet 22 10 White Rabbit kisses Peter White by AruruusLuna White Rabbit kisses Peter White :iconaruruusluna:AruruusLuna 8 2 New ID by ChEsHiRe-K New ID :iconcheshire-k:ChEsHiRe-K 126 48 TRC: Mischievous Smiles by JoiFuLStudios TRC: Mischievous Smiles :iconjoifulstudios:JoiFuLStudios 53 49 Cardcaptor Sakura - One Fateful Day by vaxzone Cardcaptor Sakura - One Fateful Day :iconvaxzone:vaxzone 312 13 Cardcaptor Sakura - Magic of Clow by vaxzone Cardcaptor Sakura - Magic of Clow :iconvaxzone:vaxzone 299 11 Breaking Dawn by Animaidens Breaking Dawn :iconanimaidens:Animaidens 178 18 Demento: glass doll by ninja0jesus Demento: glass doll :iconninja0jesus:ninja0jesus 38 0 Vocaloid: Alone in the Depths by JoiFuLStudios Vocaloid: Alone in the Depths :iconjoifulstudios:JoiFuLStudios 133 36 Time Alter by LMKusanagi Time Alter :iconlmkusanagi:LMKusanagi 55 10 Albion by marina-look Albion :iconmarina-look:marina-look 83 5 Trinity Blood: Rose wings by Astarohime Trinity Blood: Rose wings :iconastarohime:Astarohime 708 153 Vivaldi: From the Heartland by Astarohime Vivaldi: From the Heartland :iconastarohime:Astarohime 2,136 224 Zhao Li Fei by lina-no-uta Zhao Li Fei :iconlina-no-uta:lina-no-uta 2,067 271

Activity


From time to time, friends ask me about various modeling offers they have received.  
They usually want to know the following:
Is it a real offer?
Do I think it's safe?
Is it a scam?

I can't know all of these answers for each time I'm asked, but I do have two thoughts on photo shoots and personal safety:

1) You should always bring a chaperon/friend (male, strong, with a mind for protection) to photo shoots with a photographer you don't know personally. If the photographer resists you bringing a friend... then he is probably a creepy person.
A professional photographer will understand that this is your first time working with him.  He will want you to be as comfortable as possible, otherwise the shoot will be a failure.  If he doesn't know this, then he is not a professional photographer.

Knowing a photographer personally and knowing of him are not the same.  If 30 of your friends know the photographer, but you have never worked with him or had a lengthy conversation with him, in person.  Then you do not know him personally.  You should bring a friend or two.  Your friends can help you carry your bags into the studio or onto location.  Your friends can also help you with hair and makeup.  Manage you facebook and twitter updates during the shoot.  There are many benefits to bringing friends to a photo shoot.  The most important benefit is your personal safety!

(Parents and friends are invited to all of my shoots, the more the merrier.)

2) An audition or job offer for professional modeling (and cosplay modeling) should not include requests for nude photos. Nor should they ask to see you nude. This is a dead giveaway that you are not entering into standard commercial modeling, and that you are not dealing with an industry professional.

You may be saying, "Oh! But I know this guy, and he said I could make a ton of money…." Yup, I know him too… He's full of S#*&. He is a smooth talking creepy guy with no commercial clients, or he's a well-intentioned fool. You should politely decline the offer, and seek work elsewhere.

There is no BS'ing around these two points of safety.
1) Always bring a chaperon/friend when working with a new photographer.
2) Say no to all requests for nudity.

That's the heart of the message friends.  I care about the people I photograph. The friendships I've made in the cosplay community are special to me, and I cherish my friends.  I want you all to have fun at your photo shoots, and to be safe.  

I welcome your continued questions about modeling and photo shoot opportunities as they come your way.


Be Safe & Be Smart!

deviantID

Almost-Focused
Fox
United States
I enjoy photographing interesting people, and cosplayers are certainly interesting people.

Some of my photographs document the costumes, but usually I'm photographing something else. Often, I try to capture images that express the passion and energy inside the cosplayer. Sometimes I'm attempting to create a compelling image that doesn't necessarily represent the cosplayer's personality. If someone looks especially unfriendly in one of my photos, they're probably a really nice person in real life.

You can find most of my photos on Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/Almost-…
Please leave a few comments if you see something that interests you.
And don't forget to Like me on Facebook ;-)


Where will I be next?
I'm not sure. I usually don't know my availability for a cosplay event until one week out. My primary job keeps me jumping around quite a bit. Please send me a note if you are curious about my attendance at a specific event.

Thank you for all of your Favorites and Watches! I'm overwhelmed with work and personal projects, so I'm not able to follow up on every Comment and Favorite. But know that I appreciate your interest in my photography.

I hope to see you at your next cosplay event.


All the best,

Fox
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mhunt Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016
The Batgirl photos are very good, I hope you do more, even with the simpler costume the girl uses, she looks very good.
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EqDBot Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
Greetings to you, fair almost-focused. You were featured 1 time in this Equestria Daily Post www.equestriadaily.com/2015/03… Thank you for providing quality material for all of us to enjoy :) (This bot is unofficial, it is NOT affiliated with Equestria Daily. If you do not wish to get these notifications anymore, please just block this account.)
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xxdarkxecoxfreakxx66 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Hey, it's been a really long time. I'm sorry. But wanted to say I still love you're work and I hope you're doing well
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dark-wing2 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there you've been hugged..by meeee!!
Send one to all your friends who you think deserve a hug (which, hopefully includes the person who sent it to you)!!

You might send it to your enemies as well!
It'll really make them stop and think!!!

If you don't receive this back, nobody likes you, and they wish you'd stop bugging them!

If you receive this back 1 time, open up! Find more friends, enemies, or enemies pretending to be friends

If you receive this back 2 times, you're off to a good start! (Unless you sent it to yourself! That's cheating!)

If you receive this back 3 times, you're a good friend.

If you receive this back 4 times, you're truly loved as a friend!!

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YOU'VE BEEN HUGGED!

Spread the DA love around! (you can copy and paste this message on their userpage!)

RULES:
1- You can hug the person who hugged you!
2- You -MUST- hug 6 other people, at least!
3- You should hug them in public! Paste it on their user page!
4- Random hugs are perfectly okay! (and sweet)
5- You should most definitely get started hugging right away!
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MelodicSword Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Hi there! I was wondering if you okay with coming and photographing at the Final Fantasy meet up at PCC? I know :iconshadowamy88: already talked to you about it, but I just wanted to make sure. Also, sorry if you got a note similar to this from me; dA's been glitching on me lately, so I'm not sure if the note sent or not. I don't think it did, but who knows... ^^;
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AruruusLuna Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fav :iconeweplz:
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stockinganime Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Photographer
do you go to AZ comic convention in end of January?
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Almost-Focused Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
I sent you a note!
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abloodyfate Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Will you be going to the "OhayoCon" in Janurary?
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Almost-Focused Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Unfortunately I won't be there. I have work during that time.
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