I’ve been meaning to post about this project for a while. It’s a quick series of portraits that I did last December and April of students from both Bronx Community College and Lehman College, respectively, dressing up for their anime-themed maid café (a cafe event in which people cosplay as maids, butlers, and Japanese anime characters). I stumbled upon doing these portraits while working on another project that I’ll announce at a later date, but mainly, my goals with this was to practice shooting quick and lightweight portraits with just my Olympus E-PL2, one lens, one flash, one umbrella, and one monopod to hold and control the direction of the light. I decided not to use a light stand because I wanted to be as flexible as possible in a crowed area. Here are just a few of the results.