Cosplay Photoshoot Policy
These are scheduled photoshoots for cosplayers of a particular theme or series. During these times attendees will show up en masse and photo ops will be organized by a volunteer Shoot Captain/Co-Captain. These events are for fans to come together and allow other attendees/photographers not in cosplay to get pictures of amazing cosplays of their favorite characters from some of their favorite series.
These are events for attendees by attendees. There is no guarantee that a member of the convention staff will be present to run the photoshoot nor facilitate a photographer for these shoots. Ohayocon is providing space and allotted times for organization and will have these photoshoots on a public schedule for attendees to plan accordingly.
If you are volunteering as Shoot Captain/Co-Captain and want others to show up for the shoot, it is recommended that Shoot Captains/Co-Captains promote the photoshoot event as much as possible!
Set Up & Clear Down
To keep things on schedule, Shoot Captains/Co-Captains should arrive at their designated photoshoot locations 5 minutes PRIOR to the shoot to plan and organize any photographers and participants in the photoshoot as they show up. This is so that the shoot can begin promptly at the scheduled start time.
Shoot Captains/Co-Captains should remain aware of how much time is left in their shoot and start wrapping up at 5 minutes until the end of the shoot.
Ultimately, Shoot Captains/Co-Captains are responsible for the state of the photoshoot area and it is expected that the location be left as it was found. It is encouraged that all participants assist in the cleanup of their photoshoot location as to make the process go faster.
Scheduled Shoot Priority
In the event that a photoshoot location has down time between scheduled shoots, attendees are free to utilize these areas for random photo ops. However, remember to be respectful of any scheduled shoots. Once it is time for a scheduled shoot to begin, that group has priority to use that location and it is expected that anyone not participating in the theme of that shoot is to leave the area. Failure to comply will result in the Ohayocon public safety department removing you from the area.
A link containing the Times and Locations will be available on the Ohayocon Website and Official Ohayocon Photoshoots group on Facebook.
Be Courteous and Respectful
Please observe the Personal Interaction Policy, as well as all other policies, outlined in the Cosplay Rules.
If you are attending a photoshoot, please be courteous to other participants and photographers; do not block shots, do not touch items or equipment that does not belong to you, do not be loud and/or obnoxious to anyone.
Please be respectful to your Shoot Captains/Co-Captains and follow their direction throughout the photoshoot. They have volunteered their time to organize this shoot and everyone wants it to go as smoothly as possible without disruption.
If you disagree with the way the shoot is being run or do not feel comfortable with the set up for a particular photo op, you have every right to exclude yourself from any part of the photoshoot.
Feel free to bring any and all feedback to the Cosplay Feedback Panel on Sunday or fill out our feedback form post con.
Unless you are an authorized Dealer’s Room or Artist Alley Vendor, attendees are not permitted to sell services or wares of any kind on the premises of the convention. If it is found that you are selling or attempting to sell anything during photoshoots (i.e. prints, CDs, etc.), you will be given ONE warning to stop. Further violations can, and will, result in your badge being pulled and you will be removed from the convention. So, let’s avoid this all together.
*NOTE: Business cards are the only acceptable form of promoting permitted during photoshoots, as long as you are asked for one.
Filling out the Photoshoot Application indicates that you are offering to take on the role of Shoot Captain for a photoshoot during the Ohayocon. As a Shoot Captain, you will organize cosplayers that show up in a number of photo ops and keeping things on track for the hour segment.
Shoot Captains are expected to show the utmost respect towards their participants and run their photoshoot professionally without bias towards photographers, participants and regardless of what participant’s choice of character for cosplay. People will be showing up to participate with other fans of the Theme/Series and should have just as much equal involvement as anyone else.
Where you have final say on the different photo op call outs that will take place, be open to request by participants and photographers; use your best judgement.
Photoshoot Captains and Co-Captains should stop by the Cosplay Table when they arrive at-con to check-in and confirm shoot location and times.
Anyone under the age of 16 submitting for Shoot Captain will be REQUIRED to have a Co-Captain to assist with the photoshoot. Otherwise, Co-Captains are not required, though if you have a Co-Captain, please inform the Cosplay Staff prior to the photoshoot.
Shoot Captains/Co-Captains must be present during their photoshoots. If anything comes up that will prevent you from attending the shoot, you must inform a Cosplay Coordinator as soon as possible.
Photoshoot Submission Process
BEFORE registering, please read all the documentation. YOU are responsible for reading and understanding this information prior to submission. If you have questions regarding any of this, please contact a Cosplay Coordinator.
The online Photoshoot Application will open September 1st – November 30th. All Photoshoot Captain Forms MUST be received no later than 11:59 PM EST on November 30th. Acceptance emails will be sent out around mid December with where and when your shoot will take place. Links to the forms are available on the Ohayocon Website and Official Ohayocon Photoshoots group on Facebook.
If for any reason the links are not working please email a Cosplay Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.