Joker/Harley/Ivy Photo Shoot
I’m nerd at heart who grew up reading comic books and watching Adam West as Batman on TV. So when I get a chance to photograph cosplayers, I jump at the opportunity. I had already shot Lauren Clover and Mary Katherine Grecco (AKA Rose-Maiden Cosplay) as Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, respectively, for a Christmas shoot that was very well received. Geek Girls (http://geekxgirls.com/article.php?ID=6159) showcased photos from the shoot and Poisonous Pinups also used them for Issue #6 of their magazine (which you can order here: http://www.poisonouspinups.com/store/).
This time, they had company. Tim Biasi, an actor and writer who’ve had the pleasure of working with, was joining them as The Joker. We assembled at Tribal Dance Long Island & Caravan Connection New York (http://www.tdlistudio.com/) on a chilly January 10th for our photo shoot.
Cienna Christina Rizza, the wonderful owner of Tribal Dance, was an enormous help, pitching in and doing the makeup for our Harley and Joker at the last minute. Truthfully, if I can get everything in camera as much as possible it’s less work for me in post, and I like that.
Tim came up with the bit with tearing the photo of the new Jared Leto Joker, which I think gives you an idea of how Tim feels about the Suicide Squad's version of the Clown Prince of Crime.
For props, I brought my 1966 Batman cowl and utility belt with batarang, which I got for Christmas just the month before. I was sure they could find a way to have fun with them and they did. Props really add to any cosplay shoot, and help to bring the characters out.
Any shoot like this is a collaboration. As we shot, we came up with ideas and my wife looked up classic images of the characters on the laptop for inspiration. My beautiful wife found the Alex Ross Joker and Harley pose for Tim and Lauren and the Ivy on Robin for Mary and her boyfriend Alan, who didn't seem to mind being her victim. Tim really wanted to do the classic Killing Joke pose with the camera, and it turned out spectacularly.
For this shoot I played around with color gels on the flashes. I thought it would fit with the shoot and give it a comic book look to some of the shots. Now, I could have spent money on expensive gels from photography shops, but I have a better solution that I've used for years. I get the colored cellophane rolls from Michael's Craft Stores from their party section. They're cheap (we like cheap) and have nice density of color. Some photographers make elaborate holders for their gels, but I just take a rubber band and strap it over the flash (PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT put the cellophane over a flash unit with the modeling light on, it will melt it!) I cut down the rolls to 9 inches and carry a roll of blue, green, red, and yellow with me in my light gear bag.
In the end I think we got some really cool photos and I’m very proud of the final product. Below is the slideshow, and a video of Tim, Lauren and Mary giving us a shout-out.
John F. Sheehan
The Joker-Tim Biasi: https://www.instagram.com/timmybones99/
Makeup-Cienna Christina Rizza: https://www.facebook.com/christina.m.rizza
Location-Tribal Dance Long Island: http://www.tdlistudio.com/
Joker, Harley and Ivy Shout-Out to John F. Sheehan Photography
John F. Sheehan Photography
I'm also a big nerd. Ask my wife.