The Portrait Dude (Wes)

is creating Photo Shoots, Videos, Tutorials, and general bafoonery :)
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I appreciate any support that the community can offer and this is my only tier to say thanks and provide some extra content for you all! 

 

  • Patreon feed of updates and galleries I have contributed to.
  • Patreon exclusive EXTRA behind the scenes galleries and footage of my shoots.
  • Early access to all of my bookings for upcoming shows (no more having to take the sucky time slot - YOU get the good slots now!)
  • Ideas for upcoming projects that you can vote on.
  • Access to some of my favorite editing music playlists.
  • Monthly $5 off coupon for any additional images or prints order through my website. (Great for ordering extra pics from a shoot!)
  • General bafoonery and other cool stuff that I post as I am able.

Thank you all so frickin much. I love and appreciate each and every one of you.

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About The Portrait Dude (Wes)

THE PORTRAIT WHAT?

Heyo! The Portrait Dude here (you can call me Wes, or Dude. I answer to either). After really wrestling with it for a while I have decided to get a Patreon started, so  let's get some of the obvious questions out of the way first!

Who Am I?
- My name is Wes, I am a photographer based in Columbus, OH and I have specialized in cosplay photography since 2013! I love working with people to make something amazing that gives them that confidence boost of seeing their finished build through someone else's eyes (sometimes for the first time). I started focusing on cosplay specifically the fall of 2013 after doing a shoot with my buddy dressed as Batman just for fun (detailed video of that below).
**NOTE** Since both videos are a bit long, I will include one here, and the one about "Why I Shoot Cosplay" in the Thank You portion of the process (also on my Youtube channel) so they don't eat up all your time here.


Why Cosplay Photography?
- I first started taking pictures in 2009 and am self-taught in photography. LOTS of Youtube, more shooting and a ridiculous amount of trial and error and error and error was involved but I am pretty happy with how things turned out and don't regret not having a degree in photography at all. You can't follow the rules of what everybody else does if you don't know them right?

Since then I have attended over 80 conventions, worked with thousands of amazingly talented artists all over the US and turned what was once a small hobby on the side into something that fully supports my business and a cosplay studio in Columbus, OH. As you can imagine that's a major switch for such a short amount of time, which brings me to...

WHY PATREON?
Honestly, I have been resistant to starting a Patreon for a while now. So many people do it now and regardless of their goals or motives, people who support a Patreon already have a set of things in their mind that they expect from it, and that kind of kept me away for a while. If you know me you know how much I dislike doing what everybody else is doing.

However, reach throttling (yes I am looking at you Facebook) has made it to no matter how hard we all work to let people know where they have been featured or to reach out to other amazing artists it doesn't get seen by many people. I want to make tutorials for you all. I want you to see the behind the scenes video, the galleries of BTS shots, the 360 video during the shoot where you can see how EVERYTHING is set up in real time. I want to help get cosplayers some training and tips from professional models and cosplayer on how they can find a good photographer to work with, tips for your shoot, interacting during a shoot (for cosplayers and photographers) and so much more.

The thing is, this isn't about me. It never was and it never will be. This whole thing is so I am able to do as much as I can for this community that I love so much and help put some self-confidence in each of you. Some of you may have needed that boost, but never felt it before. I also want to build a platform and community that not only benefits me when I make content, but also benefits you as well. The things I teach and learn along the way will be documented so we will be learning everything together and growing a community to help support each other.

"WHY SHOULD I PLEDGE?"

THAT is an awesome question. With all of the other creators and streamers out there, what do I have to offer for your support? I always want everything I provide to have value to people. No matter whether it is revamping my gallery system to streamline file delivery or coming up with a style of shooting specifically for people who can't afford the money or time of a full shoot. Everything I do, I do with the end user in mind - and I absolutely love it.

Even the lowest pledge tier of $1 a month will get you access to my Patreon feed so you can keep up with what I am currently working on and give you the chance to have your voice heard and help direct future content. With things like polls, livestream Q&A, hangouts, contests and a lot more I want this to be a place where we can chat about YOUR progress on YOUR projects and celebrate our successes together!

(I plan on doing more higher tiers shortly, but I didn't want it to hold up the progress of getting this done now for you all so I can start getting content your way.)

YOU ARE THE BEST! THANK YOU!

Thanks to cosplayers I have been able to go from being depressed shooting things that I don't have any interest in to working with some of the most talented cosplayers in the world. So Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!

Recent posts by The Portrait Dude (Wes)

By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 29 exclusive posts
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 29 exclusive posts
13
Images
4
Links
2
Updates
10
Videos