I've had two fairly recent sessions with one of my favorite models. One, she wanted to cosplay a bit in her Halloween costume. The other, from a few days ago, was just something we wanted to have some fun with, and we were shooting for a movie-type feel to it. Please, let me know what you think!
That night shot was actually done in almost pitch black. I had to have my assistant hold her cell phone light up to the model to allow me to lock focus. The lighting is from my AB1600 behind me and a Vivitar 385 firing up into a white umbrella.
I understand that in a timeline sense it doesn't fit, but it was part of the same day of shooting so I included it
out of all of them my favorite is the last one, but I agree it needs post work. The rim light and slight under exposure just doesn't quite work. However, I like the story you are telling with that image. It is more then the chick with gun shot.
From the first set I like the middle one the most. She seems to fit the most in that location, but I wish she was creating a more interesting pose with her body. I hate the mask in that set, did you get any without the mask? The costume still says what it says without the mask. Maybe she liked the mask.
My biggest issue with the jungle-fighter shots is the model's big hoop earrings. They don't belong.
The highlights on the arm on the model in the last image is no problem for me. It actually enhances the image, IMO. The image wouldn't work without it. The light could be the light of a full moon on sweaty skin. It could also be the light from a camp the model/soldier is approaching to attack or sneaking around. Without that light, the scene is flat and the model's hair disappears into the background. What bothers me more about the shot is that the face us badly obscured by hair. And there's that shiny hoop earring. The last thing a jungle fighter is going to wear is something bright and shiny.
My favorite is the first jungle-fighter shot, of the model backed-up against that stump.
I don't like anything from the first set. I think if you're going to do something like this, you either go for it or don't do it at all. These are just pictures of an older woman in a catcostume, nothing more. Cosplay is about really getting into the character and committing, not just dressing up.
second set is better, but still not a fan (for the same reasons). But definitely better, and I like the first one of the second set. The last picture is very unflattering for the model, it does her face no justice whatsoever. Notice the bags under her eyes and the weird way her boob is squeezed to the side.
The only photo out of all of them is the first of the military shots. I think the catwoman costume is really poorly put together and the poses on her part look uncomfortable and odd. In addition, I don't particularly like the post work on them either. There is nothing that draws me into the image. The just look like night shots with lots of light on the model. Nothing special.
The military shots are OK, but, again, she looks uncomfortable and poorly posed. She doesn't "sell" me on the shots at all.