Hey everyone. I know I've been fairly inactive this year with the exception of a few deviations. I've been very busy this year and I have returned to college to further my education in another field, so that keeps me extremely busy!
Now I wanted to address something that has come up.
I often get requests for photo manipulations, and/or people stealing my images without permission.
Here is my official stance on photo manipulations: "I DO NOT ALLOW PHOTO MANIPULATIONS"
First: I don't even have the authority to give out permission in the first place. Yes, I am the model in the photo and it is my cosplay, but the intellectual RIGHTS belong to the photographer. I am allowed to post their photos of me with THEIR permission. I don't give out permission mainly because of this.
Second: If the person who took the photo wants to manipulate THEIR OWN photo of me, they are within their rights to do so. However if said photographer chooses to manipulate the photo into something demeaning or lewd or inappropriate, I will be very upset and possibly seek legal representation if an agreement cannot be reached.
Third: My photos ARE NOT STOCK PHOTOS. DO NOT TREAT THEM AS SUCH.
Fourth: I don't actually like third party photo manipulations very much. To me it feels like the third party is completely dismissing all of the hard work the photographer and I put in to creating the image. The cosplayer puts in a lot of hard work in order to make the costume and the photographer puts in a lot of hard work to make the picture of the costume look great. So when a third party comes in and decides to take the photo and make changes, it really rubs me the wrong way.
Permission to manipulate photos should always come from both the photographer and the cosplayer/model with credit given to both parties. Not doing so means you've stolen the art and basically ripped it apart for your own fancy.
Respect the cosplayers.
Respect the photographers.
End of story.