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About

Cosplay by the Bay: a San Francisco Photobook

Background:
My name is Kiel and I am a Northern California photographer of more than six years. I have experience in portrait, event, and sports photography, but I am probably best known for my cosplay photography.

My photos have been published online in Anime News Network, Dorkly, and IGN.com and in print in Cos Culture magazine.

After working with so many great people and events, I was inspired to start a photobook project that would combine my passion for cosplay photography with one of my favorite cities, San Francisco!

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Red Fae Cosplay as Merida (from Brave) in Golden Gate Park
Red Fae Cosplay as Merida (from Brave) in Golden Gate Park

 I have worked with more than 30 cosplayers in and around iconic locations of San Francisco, doing some crazy and fun cosplay shoots in spots like Lombard Street (at night!), Alcatraz, and Golden Gate Park.

Now, I hope to combine all these photos into a high quality, hard-cover, roughly 75+ page book. The dimensions will be roughly 8 inches by 10 inches.

All of the photos used will be 100% made by me, with any composites or edits coming from my own works and all effects the work of using brushes and layering.

November Cosplay as Mrs. Incredible (from The Incredibles) in downtown San Francisco
November Cosplay as Mrs. Incredible (from The Incredibles) in downtown San Francisco

 

Cosplayers Involved:

  • LeeAnna Vamp - Lara Croft from Tomb Raider
  • Lisa Lou Who - Harley Quinn from Injustice (video game) and Jasmine from Aladdin
  • Heather1337 - Spider Gwen
  • Meagan Marie - Chell from Portal
  • Bboy Spiderman - Spiderman and Chaos Spiderman
  • Happily Ever Jenna - Femme Dante from Devil May Cry
  • LilyBat Cosplay - Neopolitan from RWBY
  • Missyeru - Warrior Snow White
  • Maid of Might Cosplay - Supergirl
  • Kohalu Cosplay - Jak and Daxter
  • Liliphae - Janna from League of Legends
  • Kitt Mae Cosplay and Friends - Big Hero 6 group
  • Cassierole - Honey Lemon from Big Hero 6
  • Patrick Hayes - Baymax from Big Hero 6
  • Ryoga Rocket - Yokai from Big Hero 6
  • Cattasticks - Yui from K-On!
  • Impact Props (Eric N.) - Destiny Warlock
  • Zprops - Engineer from Team Fortress 2
  • Bekalou Cosplay - Kobota Flower Maiden
  • Sheik - Jubilee from X-men
  • Craft Alchemist Cosplay - Stormcloak from Skyrim
  • Dearmariette - D.Va from Overwatch
  • Miss Sarah jeanne - Rin from Love Live
  • Red Fae Cosplay - Merida from Brave
  • Dinatron - Psylocke from X-men
  • Lollipop Heidi - Cammy from Street Fighter
  • Ashlen Rose - Hinata from Naruto
  • Macy Rose - Black Widow from Avengers
  • November Cosplay - Mrs. Incredible from The Incredibles
  • Helloiamkate - Shiro from Deadman Wonderland
  • DW Cosplay - Charlotte from Fire Emblem
  • LifeofShel - Rapunzel from Tangled
  • Matthew Novastar - Kylo Ren from Star Wars
Heather1337 as Spider Gwen in SoMa San Francisco
Heather1337 as Spider Gwen in SoMa San Francisco

 

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LeeAnna Vamp as Lara Croft at the Palace of Fine Arts
LeeAnna Vamp as Lara Croft at the Palace of Fine Arts

After reading about the different products / opportunities I'm offering below, pick which reward tier fits you best on the right hand side of the page (be sure to read which tiers have what rewards!)

 

 

 

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Skype Session Reward Tier:

If you sign up for a Skype session, you will get 1 hour of discussion around anything photography related including but not limited to:

  • Portfolio review (cosplayer or photographer)
  • Cosplay posing
  • Photoshoot setups / tips and tricks
  • Photo editing
  • Photo gear 
  • Or anything else you want to discuss (within reason)

Timing: will be sometime in 2017 or 2018 when our schedules line up nicely. I am in California but can try to accommodate any time table / schedule with enough notice.

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"Be in the Book!" Reward Tier:

If you are a cosplayer and want to appear in your own copy of "Cosplay by the Bay", be sure to pledge at this tier! We will shoot in San Francisco and your photos will appear in a one-off print copy of the book just for you! (You can order multiple copies to share with others, but only one copy is included at no additional cost)

Timing: I will do my best to accommodate schedules, but given this project, my primary occupation, and my family, I will not be able to do short-notice shoots usually. The further out we can schedule, the better. I am aiming to shoot in 2017 or 2018, depending on how easily our schedules line up!

Location: San Francisco! I will suggest ideas based on your cosplay, but ultimately it's up to you where you want to shoot (if it's possible)!

Transportation: You will have to provide your own transportation to and from the shoot.

Photos: You will receive 10 or more fully edited photos from the shoot. You will have complete rights to use the photos however you'd like!

After you pledge to this tier, just email me at kairu@kairuphotos.com and use the subject "be in the book" and we can start discussions of timing, location, etc.

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"Local" Photoshoot with Kairu Photography Reward Tier

Location: This reward is ONLY for people wanting to do a shoot in California, Nevada, Oregon, or Washington. You don't have to live there, but the shoot must be in one of those states!

Timing: I will do my best to accommodate schedules, but given this project, my primary occupation, and my family, I will not be able to do short-notice shoots usually. The further out we can schedule, the better.

Shoot types: I am open to almost any kind of shoot, but the timeline would be a 2 hour shoot at max, so no events (like birthdays or weddings).

Photos: You will receive 10 or more fully edited photos from the shoot. You will have complete rights to use the photos however you'd like!

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"Destination" Photoshoot with Kairu Photography Reward Tier

Location: This reward is ONLY for people wanting to do a shoot in the contiguous United States (e.g. can't shoot in Hawaii, Alaska, or territories). You do not have to live in the applicable area, but the shoot must take place there.

Timing: I will do my best to accommodate schedules, but given this project, my primary occupation, and my family, I will not be able to do short-notice shoots usually. The further out we can schedule, the better.

Shoot types: I am open to almost any kind of shoot, but the timeline would be a 2 hour shoot at max, so no events (like birthdays or weddings).

Photos: You will receive 10 or more fully edited photos from the shoot. You will have complete rights to use the photos however you'd like!

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Book Sponsorship Reward Tier

Get your message, brand, logo, or name highlighted on the back cover of "Cosplay by the Bay" and on a page dedicated to sponsors in the book (both digital and physical copies).

You will also get a special shout-out when my project is fully funded!

Size: Back cover space will be roughly 1 inch by 3 inches....
Sponsor page space in the book will be roughly 3 inches by 7 inches.
Full page sponsor space for the digital version (PDF) - roughly 8 by 10 inches, digital.

Approval Process: All content must be approved by myself, which means no vulgar, illegal, explicit, or highly offensive content will be permitted.

Timing: Final image / wording / designs must be submitted and approved within 2 weeks of the Kickstarter campaign ending (deadline would be around the first or second week of March). Going through the approval process ahead of time ensures your sponsorship will go smoothly.

E-mail me at kairu@kairuphotos.com with the subject "Sponsorship" after you've pledged to this tier, and we can start planning!

What you can expect as a funder of this campaign

  • Transparency about finances, project progress, and anything relevant to the project that you should hear
  • Behind the scenes info, videos, photos, and updates
  • Timely responses to any questions, concerns, or issues through Kickstarter.
  • All media (photos, video, music, etc.) being 100% from my own works unless otherwise noted in appropriate areas.
  • High quality products -- I won't settle for less and you shouldn't have to either.

Thanks for your support and I'm looking forward to talking with you all, sharing updates, and getting this project off the ground!

Risks and challenges

I am completing photo edits (about 66% finished as of Jan 27th) and will have layouts done by mid February. Outside of any mortal injuries, the only risks to this project are the printer printing to my standard, shipping it safely to me, and the post office delivering it safely to you (with your rewards!)

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    Just the tip

    Any amount you can contribute is appreciated and you will be thanked in the digital copy of the book.

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    Digital Copy

    A high-res digital copy of "Cosplay by the Bay" -- and your name in the Kickstarter appreciation pages (digital only).

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    Early Bird Discount

    Receive a physical copy of "Cosplay by the Bay" signed by me! Get it at this reduced rate, while it lasts!

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    Poster Pack

    Receive all three posters (see the sample images in the project description) - Size will be close to 11 inches by 17 inches.

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    THE BOOK !

    Own a physical copy of "Cosplay by the Bay" signed by me. Also, your name will be added to the "Kickstarter Appreciation" page(s) of the physical book.

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    Mystery Polaroid and Physical Book

    Along with your physical copy of "Cosplay by the Bay", signed by me, you will get ONE of thirty mystery polaroids (roughly 2 inches x 2.5 inches) -- Possible polaroids are listed in the project description -- It'll be a surprise which you'll get!

    This tier includes rewards from "THE BOOK!" and subsequent tiers.

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    LeeAnna Vamp Polaroid and Physical Book

    Along with your physical copy of "Cosplay by the Bay", signed by me, you will get ONE of NINE signed polaroids of LeeAnna VAMP dressed as Lara Croft (roughly 2 inches x 2.5 inches)

    See samples in project description.

    This tier includes rewards from "THE BOOK!" and subsequent tiers.

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    Lisa Lou Who Polaroid and Physical Book

    Along with your physical copy of "Cosplay by the Bay", signed by me, you will get ONE of SIX signed polaroids of Lisa Lou Who dressed as either Jasmine or Harley Quinn (roughly 2 inches x 2.5 inches) -- It'll be a surprise which you'll get!

    See samples in project description.

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    Print Set

    Get all printed media including: posters, a signed copy of "Cosplay by the Bay", and a set of postcards not available in any other tier!
    See sample images on the left.

    This tier includes rewards from "THE BOOK!" and "Poster Pack" tiers.

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    • Postcard Set
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    Skype Session + The Book

    If you are a cosplayer or photographer and want to have your portfolio reviewed, discuss posing, photo shoot setups, gear chat, or more, this is the tier for you!

    Along with your signed physical copy of "Cosplay by the Bay", you will get a 1 hour one-on-one Skype session (some time in 2017 or 2018) with me to discuss pretty much anything cosplay photography related!

    This tier includes rewards from "THE BOOK!"

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    Be in the Book !

    Come to San Francisco (travel expenses not included) and shoot with me ! Photos we take will be included in a special print version of the book just for you !

    You will also get 10 or more high quality edited photos.

    (Note: this will be a one-off print just for you! your photos will NOT be included in the first print run through KickStarter. Your copy of the book is included in the cost, additional prints may cost extra)

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    Local Photoshoot with Kairu Photography

    I will travel to you* and hand deliver a signed copy of "Cosplay by the Bay." You will also get a full 1 to 2 hour photoshoot with me, which will include up to 10 fully edited photos plus one free print of your favorite photo from our session !

    *Location restrictions: Local destinations include anywhere in California, Nevada, Washington, or Oregon.

    ** Scheduling restrictions apply, see project details for more info

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    Book Sponsor

    Get your message, brand, logo, or name highlighted on the back cover of "Cosplay by the Bay" and on a page dedicated to sponsors in the book (both digital and physical copies).

    You will also get a special shout-out when my project is fully funded !

    Back cover space will be roughly 1 inch by 3 inches.... Sponsor page space in the book will be roughly 3 inches by 7 inches.

    *Note: All content must be approved by myself, which means no vulgar, illegal, explicit, or highly offensive content will be permitted.

    In addition, you will receive 10 copies of the physical book, to share with others !

    Includes:
    • 10× Physical Book
    • Digital Book
    • Sponsor image space on back cover
    • Sponsor image space on "Sponsor" page in book
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    Destination Photoshoot

    I will travel to you* and hand deliver a signed copy of "Cosplay by the Bay." You will also get a full photoshoot with me, which will include up to 10 fully edited photos plus one free print of your favorite photo from our session !

    *Location restrictions: Destinations include anywhere in the contiguous United States of America (excludes Alaska, Hawaii, and territories)

    ** Scheduling restrictions apply, see project details for more info

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