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Hello, my name is Jacob! I am a cosplay ad concert photographer based out of San Antonio Texas!

Photography has been a part of my life since I was young, since my father was really into photography. Around the time I was 12, I began having an interest in special effects, which led me to working on some independent films. From there I eventually ventured over into cinematography.

In 2012 I went to my first anime convention, which was San Japan. And from that point on I was hooked on conventions. In 2013 I went to the first year of Alamo City Comic Con, and took a big interest in cosplay. In 2014 I decided that cosplay photography was for me, since I lacked the patience to actually cosplay myself, and had my first real photoshoot in 2015.

In the time since then I've had the pleasure of shooting with 30 amazing cosplayers, for a total of about 40 separate shoots or so. Quite a few award winning cosplayers, six award winning cosplays, and won a few awards myself, and been published in two cosplay magazines.

I like to think that I bring a bit of my cinematic eye to all the shoots I do, and always make sure the photos focus on the cosplayer, and their amazing work.

Why am I using Patreon?
Patreon is a platform that allows creators to have a mutually beneficial relationship with those who follow their work.  It allows the creator to share their passion for what they do, and all the things they've learned with people, and makes it easier for them to have the time and funding to actually pursue these passions.

I started this, after a few people suggested it because honestly, between studio rentals, or location permits, and equipment, photography is expensive.  Cosplay photography adds on the cost of getting into conventions, and the travel/hotel expenses that go along with that.  When I actually do charge for shoots, I tend to keep my rates very low, so that lesser known and beginner cosplayers can afford to work with me, and I'm starting to see that.

I have been receiving quite a few requests to conventions all over the country.  At the moment, I just can't afford to do out of state cons, and barely afford to do out of town cons.  I would so very much love to have the ability to travel all over and shoot with all the amazing cosplayers I see online, and admire for their creativity and hard work.

As well as this, my equipment has taken a major beating over the years.  And while it's all served me well, and still continues to do its best...  It's time.

My camera is a very old, out of date model, and is every day, inching closer and closer to calling it quits on me for good.  And my computer was four years old when I got it back in 2010...  That's right, I'm using an eleven year old computer.  And with every photo I edit, the old girl is taxed more and more.
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