The Lady Nerd

Sometimes it’s fun to step back and let someone else have the spotlight. Last year, I met a fellow extra who was undeniably the 11th Doctor, from his fluffy bangs to his silly walk even down to the fact that he walked in wearing suspenders, a bow tie, skinny black pants, and boots (and had NEVER seen Doctor Who!). Needless to say, a marathon TV session was had shortly thereafter.

It didn’t take much convincing to bring him to Dragoncon. He was a hit! So often we cosplayers/costumers was to take the spotlight for various reasons, but sometimes it’s just as fun to be someone’s sidekick and let them have the glory. Many fun memories happened that day and I’d do it again in a heartbeat!

This costume was literally just stuff I threw together from my closet (and all from Goodwill!). Though the choker I’m wearing has a teeny tiny bowtie on it that my friend Nick made. Though I think if I do a femme 11 again, I’m going to switch out the skirt as I don’t feel it quite fits the Doctor (not to mention I didn’t realize that it was so short! Oops…).

Photographs: Scott Cranford and David Schick

"And each man stands with his face in the light. Of his own drawn sword, ready to do what a hero can."
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Photographer: Bang Nguyen
Hair/Makeup: Veronica Hernandez-Zapata

Sometimes I get to model with props I’m actually familiar with. Although I’m holding a foil, I will always be an epeeist!

Photographer: Bang Nguyen
Hair/makeup: Veronica Hernandez-Zapata

I wore my black wig from the 1920s Gatsby party to work with a matching black tee and thought, ‘wait a minute, this looks like…” Can anyone guess? ;)

Sometimes work takes me to some interesting places. Back in November I did a gig as a model/historical dancer for a 1920s Great Gatsby-themed birthday party. I didn’t know what to expect but these folks pulled out all the stops and spared no expense. The gentleman were all in suits and period hats while the ladies are dressed in fine vintage gowns. It was the bees knees!

Photographs: Milanes Photography

Hoo boy…I am so bad about keeping up this Tumblr. Prepare for a quick bevy of posts coming soon!

I decided to do a last minute project of an inspired-by dress for the Catching Fire premiere (as I joined fellow extras to see the film. Yep, I worked in District 12 and 8 on the film. :) ). I was really taken by the simple, yet futuristic design of Katniss’ tribute parade dress and mused to myself that I would love to have a dress with that top. So…I made one!

The fabric is a cotteen sateen that was bleached and painted to create a fire explosion effect (much thanks to Chris Mueller for helping me learn how to do it!). 

Anthony of House of Canney made the the dress itself based on the film and my design. He did a wonderful job of creating a flattering silhouette that also showed off the fabric (especially when spinning!). 

There’s no good picture of the headdress out there, so I opted to create a haircage. Carter Eastis, an excellent propsmaker and carpenter, helped make the piece itself through bending black floral wire, attaching them to buttons via hot glue, covering it with spray adhesive, and dousing it with dark glitter. 

A proper photoshoot is to come! (Thanks to Dustin of DSL Talent and Design LLC for the makeup.)

Some other pictures from the Inspire Magazine Shoot I did recently.

Photograph - Jerrica Raglin
Makeup - DSL Design & Talent LLC
Hair - Birminghams hairgawdstylist

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Themyscira: Returning Home 

After dreaming about bringing Warrior Wonder Woman to life for years, this shoot at the Palace of Fine Arts feels like the zenith of the project. The setting was perfect, the weather beautiful, and the photographer - Andrew Ho - incredibly talented. I actually felt like an Amazon at home on Themyscira. 

You can read my costume construction notes for Warrior Wonder Woman here

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I am continually blown away by Meagan’s work. Wow….just, wow.

Here’s one of the the final pictures from my latest photoshoot with Jerrica Raglin for Inspire Magazine.This photo means a lot to me as I actually have a skeletal/muscular deformity of my jaw and mouth (I cannot chew properly and was actually slated for jaw surgery a few years ago of it. Didn’t end up happening for various reasons). I never thought I’d see a normal, much less a pretty, picture of that part of my face. What a lovely surprise to find in my inbox. More to come later!

Here’s one of the the final pictures from my latest photoshoot with Jerrica Raglin for Inspire Magazine.

This photo means a lot to me as I actually have a skeletal/muscular deformity of my jaw and mouth (I cannot chew properly and was actually slated for jaw surgery a few years ago of it. Didn’t end up happening for various reasons). I never thought I’d see a normal, much less a pretty, picture of that part of my face. What a lovely surprise to find in my inbox. More to come later!