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21 May 2013 - 09:24102859
When you have your picture taken...?
When you have your picture taken at a con or expo, do you ask the photographer to send it to you, or give you an online link so you can find it later? Or do you think that you'll just hunt it down online the next day? Or do you not bother at all?

I'd like to take lots of photos this weekend, and have thought about giving out small notes basically saying that I took their photo on the Saturday of MCM, and if they'd like me to send it to them they could email me at the address provided?

Is this too over-the-top?

Implications being... I don't know what to dooo ;.;

I'd love to hear your opinions on it though!

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21 May 2013 - 09:44102861
I normally assume I'll track down the pictures later. But if a photographer gave me a card or something so I could find my pic later, that would be brilliant!

I'd rather have their Flickr stream (or whatever) than an email address, but either is fine really.

It can be a bit disheartening not to find any pics of your costume (particularly if it is obscure and you can't be sure the photographer will tag it with the right name so it can be searched for!)

21 May 2013 - 10:05102863
Most of the time I just try and track them down later but having a card can be really helpful!

21 May 2013 - 11:43102869
It'd be great if they had a card to show where to find them, their fb or flickr or something. I hope I'll end up being able to find them on here somewhere, but some photos just never turn up

Ayacon Plans
21 May 2013 - 12:30102870
I have little business cards I give out to people as a cosplayer so people can find me after and event. I also use these when I'm photographing people. It's more to meet people I enjoyed chatting with though as oppose to giving them my photo. But to be honest if you post a link on the forums people will usually find them It's a lot of effort on your part to email everyone you took photos of at an event like expo. So I would just write down the name of the flickr feed or DA your going to upload them to and then let people take from that what they will. People won't find it weird if you give them your email address though - just use your noodle and be savy when giving details like email address or fb out. Most people are absolutly fine and you'll have no problems just keep your self safe and don't give out too much info (sorry my mum instincts coming through )

21 May 2013 - 13:00102871
I like going through flickr and links on forums as a way to pass the time while adjusting to reality after a convention so personally I dont really mind but its always helpful to get cards to track the photos quicker.

Alcon 2016

21 May 2013 - 15:19102881
Thanks so much guys! :3 I think I'll just give out my Flickr address instead, as GamingGoddess made a very valid point... Thanks again for the help, and have a great expo (to those who are going.)

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21 May 2013 - 15:39102882
i use business cards as well... got a set just for cons away from normal work, so i can keep cosplay photography seperate from anything else i do

best way i found, and easiest for both me and the person i'm shooting



21 May 2013 - 17:25102892
I had a load of business card printed just before the last October Expo but unfortunately I was not confident enough to give many of them out on the day . From the replies on this thread it looks like people would find the cards useful though so I might try and give more away this time.

Rather than putting my main email address on the card I just set up a new one specifically for this so that I could delete it if it received loads of spam. It also included a link to my Deviant Art account where I post a selection of the photos.

22 May 2013 - 00:44102913
Yeaaah!! It's a really good idea, I always hear people going "This guy/girl took my photo and it looked really good I wish I could find it" so yeah totally, people would really like that I think. Even if you just told them your email address it'd be awesome.

04 Jun 2013 - 13:36103569
This is my predicament basically. People have suggested I get some business cards made, but I don't want to give people the impression that I'm professional or good at what I do, only for them to be disappointed when they see the photos.

I tend to take a few photos and offer to email them on. Most of the time people are happy to do this (maybe even a little shocked that someone would go to the trouble of emailing them haha), or they may ask for your facebook.

(Just a warning about who you add on facebook though, there is one person I added who basically increased the amount of wall posts by 10x -_-)

The other reason I like to get an email is because I tend to write a little message thanking them or commenting on their costume as well as giving them various contact information such as my deviantart, tumblr, facebook and whatever (so you aren't bombarding them with information at the time of the event).

I also leave the lines of communication open in case anyone just wants to get chatting. I'd like to be a better photographer, but I don't particularly want the cosplayer/photographer kind of formal relationship? I'm an anime fan first and foremost, and I'd really like to meet more people in real life who are into it, since none of my real life friends appreciate it.

Last edited by Zero1 (04 Jun 2013 - 13:37)
05 Jun 2013 - 09:50103629
Quote Zero1:
This is my predicament basically. People have suggested I get some business cards made, but I don't want to give people the impression that I'm professional or good at what I do, only for them to be disappointed when they see the photos.

You could always put amateur or hobbyist photographer on the card

I like collecting the little cards I get from photographers. Its a nice mini-memento of the event too.

05 Jun 2013 - 12:42103648
I have set up a free deviant art page for this reason alone as it gave me a place to pt my photos up for free and an easy link to give people i take photos off.

It also seems to allow google search as when I searched for example:" MCM Expo London Miku" it showed me the picture so this way if I take a picture of a character at a cosplay and name the file correctly, in the example used the file was called Miku, then the person the photo is off has a chance of finding it though google as well.

mine is www.chobitsuk.deviantart.com

How easy is that to write on a strip of paper and give ti to the peron I took the photo off.

Now I just need to upload the rest of the several hundred pictures to it!

05 Jun 2013 - 19:41103674
Thanks for the tips!

Well, in the end I must've written out about 15 slips, and only ended up giving out a grand total of 1 last expo!

Nonetheless I took a lot of photos, of which I posted online and the cosplayers found later and were thankful for (thank goodness ^^)

I just got the feeling that as these people were snapped so much, they wouldn't be interested in finding one photo. (I also think that my confidence was a little slippery, as my first photo of the day the cosplayer wasn't interested. :/ maybe they were shy or something )

Hmph, definitely plan on taking more photos next expo though, it was amazing fun

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