“Sometimes you just need to distance yourself from people”

My last photo shoot for 2016! This time it’s with Vicky cosplaying as the school uniform version of Ririchiyo from the anime series Inu x Boku SS. It’s been quite a long time since I’ve watched the series, but I do remember that a lot of the scenes were very hotel-like or very school-like. Lacking Japanese style schools here, I opted to see if I could pull off a hotel-like atmosphere. There are actually quite a lot of nice hotels with opulent lobbies here in San Francisco. However as I scouted, I quickly realized that my original idea wouldn’t fly.

Reference image of Ririchiyo’s school uniform

First, the lighting inside the lobbies is atrociously dark and yellow. That would necessitate bringing my strobes and gelling them up properly. However, that leads to my second problem of needing to shoot with studio lights and try my best to not get kicked out of the hotel as I am prone to doing. And so… back to the drawing board.

After some brainstorming, I eventually came full circle and decided to go to the same spot I shot my last photo shoot of 2015: San Jose City Hall! And so we went to San Jose…

Cosplayed by Vicky
Leica M typ 240
Summilux-M 50mm ASPH

City Hall hadn’t changed at all. The glass dome was still locked. Security was curious but left us alone. For this shoot I used my Leica M to be more discreet and a small reflector to help out with fill lighting. All in all, the shoot went quickly and smoothly.

Cosplayed by Vicky
Leica M typ 240
Summilux-M 50mm ASPH

I hope that you enjoy the photos!