Here it is, the first in my photographic series, 'Extraordinary People', and what a wonderful person I have to go first! Meet Paul, regular chap by day, Disney Princess by night (or weekend!)
Here's a bit more about Paul in his own words.
" I've always considered myself very ordinary. I don't believe any one person is more extraordinary than anybody else. We all have different skills and things we like to enjoy and that's what makes us human.
I enjoy cosplay because its's an escape. It's a chance to have and forget about real life for a few hours. It's a chance to meet my friends and other like minded people who are into similar subjects. Its a chance to learn new skills and improve my confidence also."
One of the most interesting individuals I have photographed in some time, Paul works with trains in his day job and does Disney Princess cosplay as a hobby. It takes a hell of a lot of bravery to dress up as a traditionally female character, especially as a straight man, but Paul does it with gusto and charm, I very much enjoyed photographing him!
"Having a shoot like this was an amazing experience and I felt privileged to be doing it. Its a super experience being able to have photos in a place that isn't a convention hall and being able to experiment a little more.
My images make me feel really proud of myself. Admittedly much is down to the super talented MUA (the fantastic Rhianna Lydia Makeup) and photographer but it does make you feel good. There was a time I was scared to get out the car in cosplay but it shows how much confidence you can gain when you see yourself.
If you are considering a portrait shoot with Donna, I say Go for it! You'll not regret it!
Thank you so much Donna. You were super and I love you! :)"
Awwwwww how lovely is that? Thank you so much Paul for trusting me to capture your Disney self, it was a real honour!