A shoot six months in the making! Well not quite. I was finally able to shoot with Cloverclub Cosplay as Stocking Anarchy on a boat! Well a couple of boats.
My friend Katie had contacted me to do a shoot with her as Stocking Anarchy in her sailor uniform outfit since she was planning to come back to San Francisco for the Christmas holidays. I was really drawn to the look because of the bright and clean look of the uniform. Plus it was an excuse to see a friend, so why not?
Being in San Francisco, I immediately thought about going to the piers to see what could be done. While walking around the Pier 39 area, I eventually came across the significantly less touristy Hyde Street Pier. This location really shined on me because it had boats that we could actually board (with $5 per adult admission of course) and it was less of a tourist trap like Pier 39, so obtaining unobstructed shots was significantly easier.
The pier had four boats: the Balclutha (a full rigged ship), the Hercules (a steam tug boat), a fishing type of ship (I don’t remember the name), and the Eureka (a steam ferry boat). I didn’t have much interest in the fishing vessel, so I didn’t venture onto it. The Balclutha and the Eureka had ample space to shoot and work with. As a bonus, the Eureka had a collection of antique cars on display (though they are behind a barrier). All in all, the boats seemed to provide a great backdrop.
So with location scouted and cameras primed, we were ready to shoot. Or so we thought. Unfortunately Katie had caught the flu and was in no shape to be in cosplay on a boat in the cold, so the shoot was postponed.
A little more than six months had passed before we actually got to shoot! I’ll have to admit that the weather was much better in the spring than in the winter. Not as gloomy and we were lucky that there wasn’t a lot of fog.
There was a lot of wind though! When the wind gusts got really bad, we ducked into the captain’s cabin of the Balclutha for some relief and more photos.
After some shots on the Balclutha, we went to the Eureka. We skipped the tug boat since it really didn’t feel in character. One of the parts of the Eureka that I loved were the red stairs. They contrasted well against Katie’s white uniform.
As they say time flies when you’re having fun. We wrapped up the shoot to not press our luck and went back to the tourist area for some milk tea before heading home.
I’d like to give a big thanks to Katie for coming out and shooting with me!