I was on DeviantART last night and was randomly looking though my old notes / messages. During this adventure, I found the first note that my good friend flockofflamingos / Anna sent to me, asking if I would be available / interested in doing a cosplay photo shoot of her at MAGFest 2013. Spoiler alert, I was available AND interested. We did the thing. ;)
Reading those messages was really… nostalgic. Without going into too much detail, we basically went back and forth about doing a shoot or not due to several things coming up. We ultimately agreed to do a shoot for a portion of my usual rate and she would make up the difference by doing a commission piece for me (which I still love to this day.)
Now if we’re going to be honest, I tend to befriend most cosplayers that I shoot with, and I try to stay in touch with them a bit. But Anna was one of those people that I kept in contact with pretty frequently. And it wasn’t just a (for a lack of better words) “working” relationship; We started talking about similar interests, particularly My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Mass Effect (I was already a fan and was present when she started to get into that game… clearly the student has become the master,) anime (Attack on Titan comes to mind,) and art in general! It was always great having random conversations with her. It was pretty cool, if I do say so myself… or gansta; whatever the kids are saying these days.
Today we still keep in contact on a regular basis. We still nerd out over stuff, but now we’ll have legit discussions (intelligent ones, and sometimes we’ll even disagree and stuff!), help each other with personal projects, and support each other with crazy life stuff. She’s even helped me figure out very personal things about myself that I NEVER would have figured out without a helping hand. It’s crazy!
(Get it? Helping hand… cause Eren bites his hand… and figured it out cause of his friends Armin and Mik-look, using this seemed better in my head, okay?!)
So in short, I’m very very happy and thankful I got that note on DeviantART roughly two years ago. Thanks for being awesome Anna! Much <3 and stuff. :)
Now if you’ll excuse me, I just realized it’s 11:25am and I got stuff to do… CRAP!