Trying Cosplay Photography For The First Time

Any cosplayers out there?

I have always been interested in photography, even as a kid. It was one of the only things I would continually whine about to my mom. I always wanted to take the pictures, see the camera, hold the camera etc. instead of just being in the picture. The love for it has stuck with me and just recently I have begun improving my skills by taking more and more pictures in different settings of different people in different poses etc. One of the things I found most difficult to photograph was cosplay, however, thanks to my best friend Emily, I’m getting in some practice. It took a lot of preparation, some failures, and extreme heat to complete my first photo shoots.

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WE FORGET HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE

I know that there are many problems and injustices that apply to people just like you and me, such as gender inequalities and stresses to compete for perfection, but there are so many problems that many of us cannot even begin to imagine in other third world countries. Living in these first-world countries, we have no idea how fortunate we are to have the kind of oppuortunities we have. As I’ve recently been involved in our school’s Amnesty International club I’ve been thinking about this fact a lot.

Amnesty International is an organization that specializes in advocating for human rights for all kinds for all people regardless or religion, orientation, gender etc. Recently, our school revived the branch at our school through a new and updated club. Many friends of mine are a part of the club for the past two months or so, and we are all eager to start working for a better future for others.

While we knew it was worse in other countries, we are still surprised at the statistics we find surrounding the amount of poverty and rights violations occuring in these places. We’ve decided in order to organize our efforts we are going to do different events for different human rights according to the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights by the UN. So far we have planned potential trips to organizations like Bernie’s Book Bank, which distribute donated books to kids who don’t have access to them, falling under the right to education. And also Feed My Starving Children for a person’s right to a standard of living adequate for heath, which includes access to food, water, medical care housing etc. Finally, seeing as we want to work with people in other countries, we have found an opportunity for our club to go to the airport in our city to welcome refugees coming in from places like the middle east, so their first impression here is a good one. All of these organizations and many more are working hard for adults and children in third-world countries to gain what their rights entail for them, and to get them the kind of life everyone deserves an opportunity to get. The least we can do is help them reach their goal.

 

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Here’s a picture from the last time I visited Feed My Starving Children with some friends of mine. (I’m in the black tank top, and ladyemrys.com is in the white and red shirt next to me.)

 

It was just so eye-opening seeing how well we had it in our community and in our country (and other first-world countries) and how little it took from us to share some of it with those other populations so they can work on improving their quality of life.

What really drove me to write this post though, was a guest speaker than came to our English class today. Following Into The Wild, we are working with the theme of living deliberatey, or living according to how you want to live despite society’s or your situation’s restrictions. So a teacher in the department connected us with someone she knew from an orphanage where she volunteers in Honduras so that he could come talk to us about his journey from poverty and misfortune to where he is now. For privacy reasons, I’m not going to include his name.

Starting with his mother giving birth to him and his sister after being raped at a young age, they lived for many years in an orphanage, all three of them. Working in the fields before school every day, and then racing to school if they wanted a seat in their classes of hundreds of students. In an orphanage with 100’s of kids, he looked at it as a blessing that the Lord gave him so many brothers and sisters to live with. And as he became close with them he knew that if he had the opportunity to leave this place, he would do all in his power to help all of them back home.

To his surprise, he did get an opportunity and got a visa for America. He still has a hard time believing how we live here, seeing as he was able to find enough change on the ground in a day to equal what people in Honduras made a day working. He decided to finish his education and is in the process of finishing college as an international business major.  He already knows that he’s going to use the education to start a business back in Honduras so that he can give jobs to all those people without them so that they can have the money to afford adequate living.

He was particularly inspired to do this upon returning to Honduras to help the kids at his old orphanage learn english. Occasionally he would read stories to them to help them learn how to read. One of the books was about careers, so during it he stopped to ask them what they wanted to be when they grew up, and nearly all of them wanted to follow after there parents, making tortillas and working in the fields. He said it was heartbreaking to see that these kids didn’t think highly enough of themselves and weren’t exposed to enough to think bigger than that. He named that as one of the specific instances that he knew he wanted to help his people, and other people in the same situation.

While getting out of a  childhood and community like that is incredibly difficult, it was inspiring to hear how he was so inclined to give them the same opportunities he was so lucky to reciev, instead of just working on bettering his own life in America.

That made me start to think about just how fortunate we are. You may be frustrated because you did bad on a test, or because you weren’t able to get the new book as soon as it hit stores, but there are people in other countries who are lucky to even get an education or get their hands on old, used books. It really puts your problems into perspective when you see what other people have to work through every day just to live and be happy.

As a follow-up, if you’ve never volunteered before I highly encourage it. Get involved in any way you can whether it’s on a large scale, or just in your community. I promise you, you will feel so fufilled and happy after doing it because you know you are helping others and not just doing things to benefit yourself. I’ve never met anyone that didn’t enjoy the feeling you get from volunteering even if the work can be difficult. As for me, I’m involved in Amnesty Internation (like mentioned earlier) and a fundraising club at my school called YSET, which raises money for students that can’t afford academics, atheletics, or extracurricular events (like Prom ) at the school. I’m also in the process of applying for a volunteer spot at my local hospital as well. My best friend works with a local barn and riding center where she helps special-needs kids use horseback riding as therapy every Wednesday and she never has anything bad to say about the experience. Quite the contrary actually! We both love to volunteer, so if you have any ideas for us or questions let me know!

As for me, I’m involved in Amnesty Internation (like mentioned earlier) and a fundraising club at my school called YSET, which raises money for students that can’t afford academics, atheletics, or extracurricular events (like Prom ) at the school. I’m also in the process of applying for a volunteer spot at my local hospital as well. My best friend works with a local barn and riding center where she helps special-needs kids use horseback riding as therapy every Wednesday and she never has anything bad to say about the experience. Quite the contrary actually! We both love to volunteer, so if you have any ideas for us or questions let me know!

Do any of you volunteer/do you want to start?

-Lily

A PERSON’S AURA

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“Energy does not emanate or reflect from a person, the energy is the person, the core. ”

It’s easy to believe that a person doesn’t have an energy, that they don’t emit some kind of aura. Because of all the lies that get told, we need proof. Sadly, this is something we don’t have. But seeing as to how spirituality and science are already on opposite courses, I think it is something that you can choose to believe, and it is certainly interesting, even if there isn’t qualitative and quantitative evidence backing it up, The type of energy I am the most interested in is a person’s aura and its layers.

Everyone has an aura, or so it is believed.  It is an energy field that surrounds the human body. This was depicted as early as the bible, with halos around the heads of blessed figures. It is said that a person’s aura is the reason we subconciously recieve a first impression of a person without even meeting them, one that isn’t based on their clothes or physical appeareance. From this intuitive nature, we form impressions and experience emotions and feelings regarding them and ourselves. The appearnace of this aura is based on one’s physical, emotional, health and attitude, as well as their spirituality. Every one of us is different, and our hidden selves are expressed through the aura.

Finally, there are the aura’s layers. it is believed that there are seven major layers in a person’s aura. Archetypal, spiritual, mental, emotional, imaginal, etheric, and physical. Archetypal is responsible, for the most part, for your destiny. It shows the things you have to do to fufill what is in store for you. The spiritual part acts as wholeness and balances the aura’s different levels. Our mental aura is what reflects our beliefs and attitudes towards things to other people. Mental health or illness is reflected to others through this level. Our emotional aura, obviously is responsible for our emotions as well as our reactions. This level is what projects our fufillment, longing for peace, warmth and things we care deeply about. The imaginal aura, is also paritally self explanatory. It is responsible for our perception and visualization. Delusions and obsessions formulate in this layer. The etheric level is the blueprints for our body’s, it is what keeps our physical body healthy and safe. Lastly, the physical aura reflects physical trauma, physiological beliefs, and the state of the energy fields as a whole.

All together the aura can be many different colors, each with a meaning that represents the contents of your aura’s layers. The most common being red, orange, yellow, green, blue and indigo-violet. But they aren’t the only ones, there is a whole spectrum, and here is what they mean.

Red- Positivley this color aura can mean you have a healthy ego, while negatively it can mean you have a lot of anger and anxiety built up inside of you. Lighter shades of red indicate more of the positive aspects such as compassion and confidence, while darker shades tend to show a more grounded, strong willed individual.

Orange- This is the color that means you are in good health. This color means the person is productive, sociable and creative, while also sometimes being prone to addictions and extensive stresss. The closer the orange is to a yellow, the more driven the person is, the closer it is to brown, the lower the level of ambition you have.

Yellow- Optimistic, positive, intelligent. But this color can also lead to fear of losing control, respect and power in your life.

Green- Is a healthy and comfortable color, symbolizes balance and growth, and often indicates a love of nature. The closer this color is to yellow, the more heartfelt and creative the individual is, while the darker it is, the more it depicts you as jealous and irresponsible.

Turqouise- Sensitive, compassionate, similar to a healer or therapist.

Blue- Cool, calm and collected. Very caring and loving of others. Lighter the blue, the more peaceful you are, while the darker the blue means you fear speaking the truth and expression of inner thoughts.

Indigo-Violet- Pertains to vision, magical and artistical, and is the most sensitive of the colors because of this.

Lavender- Pertains to daydreaming and visualizing. Essentially it represents vision as well.

Gold- Means this person has divine protection or wisdom guiding them through life. They have inner peace and spiritual thinkning.

Black- Indicates an unforgiving nature to self or others and showcases past life problems such as built up anger or grief.

White- Pure, truthful and healthy. A person with a white aura is trustworthy and close to angelic, which explains why halos were white.

I know this sounds really crazy, but you have to admit that it is certianly interesting to entertain the fact that there could be a possible explanation to why you get a bad vibe from someone, or why some people instantly click with you upon seeing them. It is interesting to learn about this mostly because people always say phrases like, “I’m really good at reading people,” and maybe this is a subconcious aspect to it. Below I have linked some sites I was looking at and got information from, and a quiz you can relate to (Buzzfeed)  that can maybe bring you to a consensus about what your aura color is. (Mine is orange.)

Human Energy Field and Aura- http://www.noeticbalancing.com/library/human-energy-field-and-aura/

Aura Colors- http://psychiclibrary.com/beyondBooks/aura-colors-and-meanings/

Buzzfeed Aura Color Quiz- http://www.buzzfeed.com/katieheaney/what-color-is-your-aura#.mur17YPKq

If you are looking for more information, or maybe a different quiz, feel free to look it up and keep learning!

-Lily