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Posted 4/30/16 , edited 4/30/16
It's so embarrassing when you go to con without cosplay and try to pic of cosplay, can't ask them to "can I take a picture" but couldn't ask because you feel embarrassing what can happen, this happen to me, did it happen to anyone?



The con i go: Sakura-Matsuri (1Day), and I'm going to next (Japan-Day Central Park)
Posted 4/30/16
I've never been to a con
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Yea I've never been to a con, I'm planning to go at some point tho.
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Posted 4/30/16
People at cons are pretty open about wanting pictures. Nothing to feel embarrassed about, even though it seems like a daunting social situation.
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Posted 4/30/16
I cosplayed Yona at MomoCon last year and I had no problem with pictures. I think as long as you ask nicely the majority of people will be pretty cool with letting you take pictures. I never heard anyone around me say no. Hint though, dont ask when it looks the person is trying to get somewhere.
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Posted 4/30/16
As long as people are respectful and ask politely there is usually no problem. Most people will let you know if they aren't okay with their picture being taken.
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Posted 4/30/16
I remember being so awestruck by a particular cosplay that by the time I thought of taking a picture that person was long gone.
Posted 4/30/16
I wouldn't even ask a celebrity I like for a picture. I'm too timid for that.
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Posted 4/30/16 , edited 4/30/16
I've been going to cons every year for probably about 12-14 years straight. I can tell you that there is no problem, no issue.
I used to feel a bit shy and nervous at first but i found very quickly that most cosplayers are more than happy to allow you to take a picture of them.
Just be polite, ask nicely , dont be pervy and creep or rude.
Once i seen that not only did the vast majority have no problem with me taking the picture, but also that alot of them actually were very keen for it! like alot of the girls would really smile and do their little pose and peace sign and i do remember on several occasions they would actually thank ME afterwards lol.

I have had some weird occasions though. Like there were times where i'd say hello and then ask them, like maybe even comment on their cosplay or talk about the charater or something first to make it not awkward but i do recall times where i'd just be like "can i take a photo"? like just say it quick in their face without saying hi first or anything and there were a couple times someone said no.
And i remeber once asking a couple and the dude was like "do you want me in the pic also"? i did not but said yeah ok.
And once i asked a girls partner if i could take a pic of his girlfriend and he was like "why dont you ask her?" an i was like "ah yeah" ^^;
Another weird time was when i asked this girl and she seemed reeally keen , almost excited but then, iam guessing her younger sister was like "can i be in it too!" I was uh yeah ok if you want. That was awkward.

I no longer take photo's though. I started going to cons i think i was in my early 20's? and it was all good. I would mostly take pics of the female cosplayers and would try to talk to them( i only took photo's of dudes if their cosplay was really cool or sometimes a couple would be cosplaying together so i'd take a pic of them together or a group photo) but then it statrted, all of a sudden all these girls went from sayinmg yes and even seeming happy that i'd ask to then i got a few no's.
It shattered me a bit but then i realised. Iam getting older. Once you are in your late 20's, let alone 30 you cant really go around taking photo's of teenaged girls lol.
Even though it was all innocent. But to be honest i think alot of this was in my head. There were only a couple of girls that ever said no. But after that i decided i wont take pics anymore.
But i always see heaps of grown men, older than me and some creepy looking(lol) that take photo's of all the cosplayers , even see video cameras in there.
I learnt the difference is, alot of these guys had those big fancy professional looking cameras. So young girls prolly think he's a proffessional of something lol.
I actually have one funny pic, its a teenaged girl in a school inifrom and in the back ground you see this guy looking over with this "iam gonna keep an eye on this pedo" look lol

I guess long story short. yeah go for it you'll be fine

EDIT: i would sometimes drink some alcohol to relax to feel more confident to ask all the girls for photos lol ^^;
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Posted 4/30/16
I think it happens to us timid and shy people for the first time but you'll get used to it. The first con I've been to, it was nerve-wrecking to ask if I could take photos without taking advantage of opportunities like large groups already in a photo session or a cosplay meetup. Especially nerve-wrecking to ask attractive women.
One of my friends sorta gave me a push by calling me a chicken [to put it politely] and then I asked with all the courage I could muster. From then on it got easier and easier.
Just don't be over-eager or creepy. And if you wanna take a pic with a popular cosplayer like Jessica Nigri or someone and wanna have your hand on their shoulder or hip, ASK. I'm surprised by a lot of weird people who just go for it without asking and that's not right. Also whenever I ask, they usually say yeah and enthusiastically thank me for asking. And if they say no, no big deal. Try to shrug it off.
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Posted 5/1/16
One of the reasons people wear cosplay at events is because they want pictures taken, so just ask for them lol. I'm always shouting across the dealer's hall from behind the booth I work at to get all kinds of pictures of cosplayers. It's one of my favorite parts of going to cons.
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Posted 5/1/16

VanillaBean117 wrote:

I think it happens to us timid and shy people for the first time but you'll get used to it. The first con I've been to, it was nerve-wrecking to ask if I could take photos without taking advantage of opportunities like large groups already in a photo session or a cosplay meetup. Especially nerve-wrecking to ask attractive women.
One of my friends sorta gave me a push by calling me a chicken [to put it politely] and then I asked with all the courage I could muster. From then on it got easier and easier.
Just don't be over-eager or creepy. And if you wanna take a pic with a popular cosplayer like Jessica Nigri or someone and wanna have your hand on their shoulder or hip, ASK. I'm surprised by a lot of weird people who just go for it without asking and that's not right. Also whenever I ask, they usually say yeah and enthusiastically thank me for asking. And if they say no, no big deal. Try to shrug it off.


Yep it gets easier. And yep alot of them seem really happy to be asked.
That remeinds me of when i met Cherami Leigh (voice actress not cosplayer) i asked her if i could put my arm around her for a photo. I haven't ever met a famous cosplayer. I guess that would be a bit different. I dont think i'd be nervous for that because for that wouldn't you have to line up and possibly pay for a pic?
I actually never got my photo taken with the cosplayers, i prefered to just get pics of them on their own so the whole touching/cosplay is not consent thing never appiled to me.
They do have a maid cafe section of the con that i go to and you can get pics with the maids. You pay but you get a framed picture. They often lean on you or something and you can put you arms around them and taht. It's pretty cool.


IshokuOsero wrote:

One of the reasons people wear cosplay at events is because they want pictures taken, so just ask for them lol. I'm always shouting across the dealer's hall from behind the booth I work at to get all kinds of pictures of cosplayers. It's one of my favorite parts of going to cons.


Yep that's what i alsways thought. Why would they put in the effort and not want their photo taken?
As long as you're not a perv. I mean sometimes they probably are tired and a bit fed up but seeing cosplayers getting the photo taken is a very common sight at cons.
I miss taking photo's but because so many young people go to cons i just decided to stop becasue of the dirty old man feeling.
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Posted 5/1/16
Just do it!
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Posted 5/1/16

GrandMasterTime wrote:

Just do it!


This. Most people I ran into seemed happy to pose and show off their cosplay. I ran into this mom who had her kid dressed up as little Gohan with the DragonBall hat. It felt weird to go up and ask to take a picture if her kid but she was happy with all the attention he was getting from the crowd formed around them.
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