J.R. Blackwell

J.R. Blackwell is a writer and photographer.

www.jrblackwell.com

Reckless

Recently the folks at Skyspark books approached me to take some photos for their new book covers. They are producing a line of regency romances, and wanted the cover image to reflect the heroines of their stories.

This is exactly the sort of project I delight in – kickass heroines, fun costumes, a wonderful author – this is the kind of photography that’s loads of fun. If you’ve got a project like this, hire me! I love doing this.

The Five Wits: The Wig Extravaganza

My good friend Ruth, (who I’m off to see today as I travel to Anime Boston) owns a company called The Five Wits, which sells wigs for cosplayers. With wigs that have names like “Unlikely Giant Love Interest” or “Sugar Coated Magenta Frenzy” these wigs are inside jokes for the geeks-in-the-know. Whenever I know what the wig is referencing, it always makes me happy, like figuring out a little puzzle.

My current project has me stabbing out eyes and covering the bloody remains with electrical tape.
It’s a work in progress.
This is a makeup test from my current project: In Their Own Worlds.This is a project where I plan to photograph authors in the worlds of their novels. I wonder if anyone will be able to guess what novel this character is from.
There has been a bunch of behind the scenes work I’ve had to do for this one, but I hope that soon I’ll be able to take it out into the light.
Model: John Jezior
Makeup by Sara Gates

My current project has me stabbing out eyes and covering the bloody remains with electrical tape.

It’s a work in progress.

This is a makeup test from my current project: In Their Own Worlds.This is a project where I plan to photograph authors in the worlds of their novels. I wonder if anyone will be able to guess what novel this character is from.

There has been a bunch of behind the scenes work I’ve had to do for this one, but I hope that soon I’ll be able to take it out into the light.

Model: John Jezior

Makeup by Sara Gates

Avalon modeling wigs from The Five Wits

Photographer: J.R. Blackwell

Model: Avalon

Wigs: The Five Wits

(Guest starring Jared Axelrod)

My adorable friend Sara, being totally cute. 
Model: Sara
Wig: The Five Wits
Photographer: J.R. Blackwell

My adorable friend Sara, being totally cute.

Model: Sara

Wig: The Five Wits

Photographer: J.R. Blackwell

When I took these two photos, I meant to show how the same wig can look different on different people because of height and face shape. However, what I ended up showing was how different the color of a wig can look under different lighting conditions.

All the lighting conditions in these photos are about the same (flashes,etc), except for one factor - the sun. There is a large window just to the right of these photos. The first photo was taken early in the day, when lots of light was coming in. The second photo was taken late in the day, when a low, gold light was coming in through the windows.

So even though this is the exact same wig, and the other flashes and lighting in these photos are exactly the same, the wig still looks different - lighter in one photo, darker in another.

Models: Deva and Avalon

Wigs: The Five Wits

Photographer: J.R. Blackwell