19) It’s always polite to ask if you can take a photo of a costume. If they say yes, MOVE OUT OF TRAFFIC to do it.
We love that you want to take a picture of our costume. Really, we do! But let’s follow some basic common sense steps, because DragonCon is busy and there are a million things going on, both for you and the person in costume.
* Ask if you can take the picture. We’ll probably say yes, but please understand that if we say no, we probably have a good reason, everything from being in a rush to get to a panel or a photoshoot we’re involved in, to having to REALLY go to the bathroom, to we simply just feel a little sick, possibly from dehydration and overcrowding. EX: Last year as Jocasta, I was already running late for the Avengers shoot due to a contact tearing, but as I made my way from the Hyatt to the Hilton, I kept getting stopped. I missed a surprise appearance by Stan Lee because of it, and by only a few minutes, and I’m still super sad about that.
* Let’s move out of the way of traffic to take the picture. Stopping everyone in a hallway is BAD FORM. I usually ask someone to follow me to the end of a HabitTrail to snag the pic, or look for a place that’s out of the way of the sea of people. This works for you as well, because you aren’t getting elbowed or jostled, and you have a slightly better chance of setting up a shot. Both parties need to be aware of the rest of the world around them.
* Please have your camera/cellphone/tablet/actual camera ready to go. It’s DragonCon, so there will be a photo op almost everywhere you turn. I stood in a pose for almost 10 minutes once while a guy fumbled with his camera phone, then took a call, then went back to fumbling with it before he finally got the picture. I guarantee the smile he got in the shot was a lot less genuine than it had been earlier. Don’t be that guy.
* Please and thank you are always nice to hear, from both sides. Cosplayers & photographers should remember their manners. *wags the Mommy finger*
* Do you have a card where we can find the pictures later? We’d love to know!
There are a lot of worst-case-scenarios out there, but really, 95% of the time it’ll be super easy to grab a picture.