Today we are going to look at a shoot by Grace Adams-Moss, an experienced photographer based in Sandy Springs, Georgia, whose firm is called Bodhi Tree Photography. She describes her work as ‘making reality fantasy and vice-versa’.
She does some ‘commercial couples’ work (engagements and weddings), rationing herself to one a month, and enjoys pin-up photography, which she says is ‘cute, sweet, sexy and sometimes a little tempting’.
Sometimes she goes in for a sultrier ‘boudoir’ style:
But what she loves most of all is photographing superheroes, sometimes from the most pleasing angles.
She’s a confirmed comic book fan, and describes her work with cosplayers as ‘going back to my childhood with an adult imagination’. She started shooting at Dragoncon in 1976, back at its very beginning, and became the convention’s official photographer in 2006.
The shoot we’re looking at today took place at Pittsburgh Comicon on September 29, 2013, and was planned as an attempt to crossbreed cosplay with the Bettie Page genre of pin-up.
So let’s meet the models. First, here’s Freddie Nova, who prides herself on being known as one of the ‘Hotties of Cosplay’:
Here’s Holly Golightly, who works as a comic book artist when she’s not cosplaying…
… or indulging in other pursuits:
And here’s ‘Victoria Cosplay’, whose real name is Victoria Lee Centeno.
Which role is she going to take in the spanking cosplay? Will she be Wonder Woman?
Or a girl whose spanking track record really ought to be picked up in cosplay circles, Lois Lane?
Or even Rose Tyler from Doctor Who? Please?
No, today she’s going to be … Betty Rubble from The Flintstones!
And, if you know anything at all about The Flintstones, you’ll savor the irony that the role of Wilma is taken by Freddie!
Here they are encountering some mysterious new gadget:
But Wilma seems to think Betty has been naughty:
And she knows what to do about that: Betty gets boned!
But what about Holly Golightly, I hear you ask? She wasn’t originally part of the shoot: she just happened to be visiting the room with her husband, comic book publisher Jim Balent, who snapped some photos of his own. And, as you can see, Wilma is getting an idea…
… and now Holly is getting the bone:
The idea for the shoot came from Freddie, and she ran up the dresses in just one hour. Aren’t you glad she didn’t have more fabric to work with?
That’s Victoria and Freddie with photographer Grace, the other woman we have to thank for the shoot. If you are interested in her work, please visit her website.