It was Halloween, (October 31, 2013) and we were preparing for Undas. We checked our father’s grave for final cleaning, bought flowers early to avoid traffic tomorrow, checked candles, portable seats & tables. My sister, mom and I stopped by at SM Clark at around 8:00 PM to buy grocery for the last few items such as snacks. And here is what I saw as we were walking towards National Bookstore:
As I take their pictures, I felt so happy hearing comments from a cosplayer, thinking that I was a professional photographer even though I was holding a camera phone. They even wanted to see all of my shots and have them shared through bluetooth.
Seeing their efforts with their costumes, I asked them if there was a competition or cosplay event. They said there was none and they just felt like doing it. I informed them about the upcoming Cosplay event in SM Clark.
As we went back to SM Hypermarket, I saw other cosplayers and asked them if I could take a picture of them:
I saw a small kid on a witch costume with her mom and asked her mom if I could take a picture. Her mom angrily disagreed. Maybe she saw me as suspicious. Also, I decided to take 2 shots per model from now on. I always take whole body to show the full costume. Now, I will take another shot for the way how I like it to be in a picture.
I was able to ask some of their facebook accounts in order for me to tag them. And I was able to have a small chat with one of them (translated in English):
Me: I’m confused. Are you a girl or a boy?
Arielle: Ahahaha I’m a girl po. Ahah but thank you so much that I was able to trap you haha XD
Me: So are you twins?
Arielle: Nope din po hahah. We’re just siblings that are mistook as twins.
Arielle: Hihihi grabe po I am so happy when you told me that you were confused if I am a guy or girl, haha
Me: So many factors eh.
Me: Your costume, facebook and name.
Arielle: Ahahah, is my name boyish, kuya? hahah XD lolz
Me: That’s why I asked instead.
Arielle: Haha grabe. So, I am a trap, ahah. Thank you so much! I had confidence again to do crossplaying XD The others were able to see that I am a girl T^T XD haha
Crossplaying – Probably short term for cosplaying both male and female characters.
Me: Haha, I was thinking that the name was girlish. But it might happened to be personalized.
Arielle: Ahh, ahah… That’s what others call me too, Ariel ahah. But the pronunciation is Airyell.
Me: When I heard a bit of your voice, it’s soft and masculine which added to my confusion.
Arielle asked about the upcoming cosplay event in SM Clark
Me: Are you also with those BATMAN (Justice League) cosplayers? The night I took your pictures at the Hypermarket?
Arielle: Nope. But we were many and we got separated at the time.
Me: So I missed more cosplayers that night? How much are you referring to? How much cosplayers that I missed?
Arielle: We were a group around 30.
Me: Too bad… How come you do not have pictures?
Arielle: They are not uploaded yet. They are too many.
Me: Hahah… Nice. It seems that you have a group?
Arielle: Um, we were a former group member of LOA but not now. The others are on a different group that we just gathered.
Me: Ahh… All from Pampanga?
Me: I wonder why you have a faction. It seems that your mom also commented? She seems cool.
Arielle: Faction? Anu un? Yah. Hehe, Even our Papa supports our cosplay.
Me: Nice. Are they also fond of Anime?
Arielle: Yeah, we watch them together xD
I am happy for Arielle’s family. They are supportive and have the same interests. I wonder if her parents cosplay also. If that happens in the future, I surely want to see it.
Other than learning my new style of photoshoot, I also learned that you would never know when a good moment will come. And I am fortunate that I always bring my camera phone to capture these moments.