Tony Julius is a cosplay photographer and first time SDCC attendee. In 2000 he bought his first digital camera and everything since then is history. It all started when he shot a Darth Vader inspired photo shoot where he was introduced to cosplay and Comic-Cons. Tony Julius will be doing cosplay shoots this year at San Deigo Comic-Con. We sat down to talk to him about cosplay and photography.
JR:What got you started in cosplay photography?
Tony:I was shooting local Metal Bands in phoenix and had met some amazing people. The female lead singer of Frequis told me she wanted to do a Darth Vader inspired outfit for a photoshoot. The photos came out amazing. She told me about cosplay and Comic-Con and went to my first convention in 2013, it was Phoenix Comic-Con. I wandered the vendor hall for what seemed like forever. It took awhile before I asked someone for a shot. I was hooked after that.
JR:What is one of your favorite places to photograph at?
Tony: So far my favorite place to photograph was a fun cosplay shoot we did Malibu. The huge rocks on the shore and the sunset was epic.
JR:Why do you photograph cosplay in particular?
Tony: I love shooting cosplay because I love the characters even the ones I don’t know. One of the best things about shooting a character I don’t know is asking the cosplay about them. This inspires me to get shots that show off the cosplay, the character, and really makes the photos that much more awesome.
JR:Among your works which is your favorite? Why?
Tony: There a tribute we did based on video game artwork from Arkham City. It was Batman and Harley Quinn. I built the whole background in Photoshop by hand. I threw it out completely three times before I got it just right. It was selective color and it had to work great or it wouldn’t work at all.
JR:Whose work has influenced you most?
Tony:I have been inspired by our wedding photographer most of all his name is David Beckstead. His approach attitude and passion for photography, composition, teaching, and art is a true inspiration.
JR:Is there a cosplay character that is easier to photograph?
Tony: Not a cosplay really, but some emotions, or actions can be particularly difficult.
JR: What convention did first you photographed at?
Tony: Phoenix Comic-con 2013
JR:When did you start attending SDCC?
Tony: This will be my first year. I have tried for 3 years to get tickets and have never been able to. They don’t consider photography art. So I haven’t been able to get a professional badge. They only consider photographers as media and I am not in the media industry. I am an artist.
JR:What is something about SDCC you love?
Tony: I love that it’s in San Diego and that’s it’s and international convention but outside of that I can’t wait to find out more reasons to love it.
JR:What is one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
Tony: How to be better at sales, and marketing. I love helping people and I am not the best at putting a value on my time and talent.
JR: What does photography mean to you?
Tony: It’s everything to me now. I love shooting, sharing, and everyone I work with. It gets me past being shy and pushes me to be better. I love being creative, capturing emotion, and letting people see just how awesome I see them as they are.
If you’re attending SDCC this year, look for Tony to be taking pictures. You can even schedule a private session with him to get some great pictures of your costume. To schedule a photo session or check out more of Tony’s photography visit website at: http://www.tonyjulius.com/
Or follow him on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/tony.julius
And as always,
Have a geek filled day!