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13 Feb 2012 - 14:4978841
saying no to photos
when people have asked about their first time at a con people will always say that most people will be happy to have their photo taken if you ask nicely

and i was wondering if anyone actually says no to a photo

i have'nt had a situation like this personally but i wanna know if anyone else has

13 Feb 2012 - 15:0178844
I've said "not at the moment" cause I've had somewhere to be, been eating/doing something or if nature was calling. And they're like "That's cool, I'll wait here then." unless I had somewhere else to be.

But never out right refused one. But that's cause I've never had someone rudely ask me for a photograph.

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13 Feb 2012 - 15:0978845
Same as Nixie; I've said not right now but I've never flat out refused one.

I turn down hugs all the bloody time though *big grin*

13 Feb 2012 - 15:4578847
I'm expecting this thread to turn into a chorus of "no"s since the majority of people who ask for photos are really polite, but I just want to quickly throw my two cents in!

I want to quickly remind cosplayers if you ever feel uncomfortable when a photographer approaches you, just because you're wearing a costume does not mean you're obligated to say yes to photos.

You don't need to give a reason for saying no. If a stranger came up to you on the street asking to take photos of you when you were in normal clothes, you probably wouldn't hesitate to say no. Just treat it like that.

It's very rare that I have to say no to photographers, and usually when I do it's because I've been in a rush to get somewhere. Unfortunately I've also one or two occasions where I've had to say no simply because the photographer has intimidated me. I'm naturally a really confident person and I found saying no very daunting. So... just wanted to say this before someone reads this thread and maybe gets the wrong impression that "cosplayers just don't say no to photos". You can, and you should if you feel uncomfortable.

Yeeeep ok thats it. /psa

13 Feb 2012 - 16:0678848
i know everyone says yes (cause eveyone is so nice and polite but i wanna know if anyone has reused (themselves) or has been refused to take a photo of someone else

13 Feb 2012 - 16:2178850
Maybe someone should look into this; obscure cosplayers are more likely to say yes to a photo than a very popular cosplay?

I'm always overjoyed that people recognise my characters because they're so obscure, this would lead me to say yes more often.

13 Feb 2012 - 16:3478853
Quote JaeXD:
Maybe someone should look into this; obscure cosplayers are more likely to say yes to a photo than a very popular cosplay?

I'm always overjoyed that people recognise my characters because they're so obscure, this would lead me to say yes more often.

I don't get asked for photos often either, so when I do I'm like "what, me?" cause I'm not expecting it XD So yeah, I imagine that obscure cosplayers/cosplayers which don't get their photo taken a lot are more likely to say yes.

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13 Feb 2012 - 16:3978855
I don't think I've had any problems people are pretty polite and its a nice compliment to have someone want to take photos and ask u how u made it. The only time it can feell a bit orquid is if its been a busy long day and I'm taking a moment to rest have a drink and a snack but I think most people understand if u say sorry and ask if u can meet them later.

To be honest I think its worse for girls if they get rather rowdy creepy guys who want to take pictures of parts of them rather than the actual costume and getting photos with them way to close for strangers.its nice to be freindly and apecated for your hard work and recognised as the character u love but I think it is agood idea to be cautious and if your uncomfortable let them know before hand and make sure if u are wearing a revealing cosplay have close freinds by your side. Its all about fun and enjoying yourself and as lovely as it iis to get compliments and be apreaceated photographers need to undrstand there boundaries and be polite and considerate.

But as I say me myself I've had no problems and havve loved people being so nice ^^

13 Feb 2012 - 16:5278858
I've said no to photo's a handful of times, either because I was busy/in the middle of something when the person asked, and they didn't want to wait, or, on a few occasions, just because I really wasn't in the mood, or was feeling a bit off about my cosplay.

I don't think there's anything wrong with it - if you're not in the mood, or just don't want to, then that's fair enough. As long as you say no politely of course xD (It's not as if I just glared at them and yelled 'NO!' lol)


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13 Feb 2012 - 17:4278863
Never really had to yet but tbh I am sorta dreading when I have to. Im cool that being in a hurry or being busy are good reasons enough but I do worry in case the shyer/sensitive goers have had to gather the courage to ask and feel let down.

Even if I feel something is a little off with my costume I always get overjoyed when I get asked for photos

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13 Feb 2012 - 18:1578865
I could probably count on one hand the number of times someone's said no to a photo. I understand if they don't want to. I don't think it really has anything much to do with the costume itself, there are just times where people don't want a photo.

I think I've only turned someone down once or twice. I don't really remember.

13 Feb 2012 - 21:0978875
Looking back I don't know why I didn't bother to say no when it was obvious I wasn't in a position to have any taken.
There have been a number of times that I've been eating that I've been hounded for photos, and have found myself unable to say no even though a lot of my gear is off (ribbons, gloves)

While I was in line for Vic Mignogna's signature I probably looked rather miserable at around the second hour in. I was sitting on the floor and my feet hurt. And yet person after person after person continued to ask me for photos. Still I didn't want to disappoint and stood up each time, to fall flat on my ass again and be bugged five minutes later. The amount of photo requests I got on that day was immense, and I figured I'd find a tonne of them online later...only to be disappointed and not find a single one.

This time I'm going to make a point to say no if I'm clearly busy.

14 Feb 2012 - 00:0478894
I've never said no before but I guess if I needed to be somewhere or had a good reason, then I'd say no.

One person has said no to me. The cosplayer said she was camerashy and I accept that, I'm the same really, cosplay is one of the two times people can get me to stand for photos (the other being when I'm rather drunk and don't care >.< )

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14 Feb 2012 - 00:2078895
I've said no (usually only a 'not right now' if I've removed part of a costume; like armour or something, but at least once I've said no outright because I was in a hurry to go meet someone--and once I apparently blanked someone entirely because I was about to throw up :S) and I've also had people say no to me before - because they wanted to reapply makeup or fix a broken costume bit first. Most people will give an explanation, actually, not that they're obliged to, but on the whole we're a nice bunch of people .

14 Feb 2012 - 11:0678903
coming from both sides of the camera I find it quite scary asking to take peoples photos lol I usually just smile nervously at the and wave my camera as if to ask "can I?" I'm not offended when someone says no, sometimes you just don't want ya pic taking.
but I have been pounced on by someone demanding I take their photo in the middle of doing a shoot for a friend.

I love it when people ask for a photo! it means I don't look like a TOTAL idiot XD although I usually fluff about for a few moments trying to put my bag/camera down or think of a pose that isn't a derp face.

14 Feb 2012 - 11:3078904
Same thing most are saying no on the basis Im in a hurry *Which isnt often* or my costume isnt fully on like when I had to pick up my cape for Green Lantern but yeah not often.

14 Feb 2012 - 12:3678905
I've never come across an occassion where i've had to say no to someone - I guess i've just never been caught in that situation yet lol

I mean if i was clearly doing something or busy then as most have said it would be a 'not right now, gimme a sec'

Seems like on the whole we are a pretty polite bunch! ^_^

14 Feb 2012 - 17:0278914
I think that only if I am busy i would refuse a photo, but never if i had the time. I dress up not for my enjoyment, but hopefully everyone else thinks it looks good too.

14 Feb 2012 - 17:0678915
Have said no for most of the reasons others have listed, and also if the location is bad - in the middle of the hall in London Expo, say. It's too crowded, they can't step back enough to get a photo and we'd just end up stopping traffic. Plus the lighting's rubbish anyway.

14 Feb 2012 - 17:4878918
I don't think I've ever said "no", if I have then I don't remember it!

I did have one person refuse a photo request once, it was Odd-One-Out in her Wing Zero suit. My timing was terrible - she had just taken her helmet off and it wasn't till I got up close that I noticed how knackered she looked! She was polite in her refusal and I completely understood and respected it... I felt like a massive prat for asking though XD

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14 Feb 2012 - 20:2278925

just realised that i have been refused once and that was a mudkip cosplayer at the midlands expo last year only cause he was in the que for moving to the back of the masquarade stand (bad place to ask i know but i didnt realise). but i managed to catch him later and get a photo and he thanked me for putting it up for him (i rarely put photos on DA as it takes the mic)


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14 Feb 2012 - 20:4278926
I have said no to photos a few times to be honest, simply because I was trying to have a conversation with my friends or on my way to the bathroom, or eating. If I am wandering around at a con I will gladly let people take pictures, but when I am clearly busy it can get a bit annoying.

It is a huge compliment to be asked for a photo though, so most of the time I just let them ^_^

14 Feb 2012 - 21:4078928
I have said no, but only because parts of my costume were missing back then or I was eating or busy with something else.

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14 Feb 2012 - 22:0278931
I have only had to say no once if I remember correctly =/ that was because I was late for the masquerade after having a costume malfunction. I find it very flattering when people ask for photos and don't like to refuse, however I have told people to please wait a moment if I am in the middle of something, like paying in the dealers hall or in the line for a cash machiene.

14 Feb 2012 - 22:2978932
Quote kawaii_princess:
however I have told people to please wait a moment if I am in the middle of something, like paying in the dealers hall or in the line for a cash machiene.

I'd like to think people would be sensible enough not to ask at those points...

I know I've taken a photo of cosplayers in the line for the cash machine, but that's cause the line up really amused me cause the majority of them were Turks...

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