The ever popular Otakon Photo Suite is back once again! Found in Rooms 307 we feature six professionally lit backdrops, one of which is large enough for groups of up to 8! Just two floors up from cosplay central (the Charles Street Lobby) the professional photographers of the Otakon Photo Suite are ready to shoot first and ask questions later. Our photographers have a combined 100+ years of experience in cosplay photography and they know just how to get out your inner character.
Why do we do this? We want to archive all the costumes at Otakon to feature on the website, Facebook page, program guide, and more! No costume but just want to get a photo with your friends? No problem! There is no obligation to buy and no sitting fees. If you just want to come by and get your picture taken for the Otakon archives IT'S FREE!
If you find you love your photos (and you will) and just have to take home a copy we will be selling both digital and print versions! Digital copies are sold on Otakon thumb drives — individual high resolution images for $20 for the first image (with free thumb drive) and $10 for each additional image, get your entire photoshoot at low resolution for $40 (with free thumb drive), all high resolution photos for $150, or any combination (groups of more than 2 people have a 50% increase in price for full photo shoot digitals). Prints can be purchased at $7 for a 4x6 and $14 for an 8x10 including tax. Our prints are made on site with professional quality printers using inks and paper guaranteed to last 100 years without fading or yellowing.
The hours this year are Friday and Saturday from 10 am–7pm and Sunday from 10 am–noon. Prints are usually available for pickup 4 hours after the shoot. We will also be open on Sunday from noon–3pm for photo pickup only. We really don't like to ship photos (and it can get pretty expensive for you) so don't forget!
If you really like your photographer and would like a photo shoot outside of the convention, please feel free to ask them for more information!
Q: What is the Photo Suite?
A: The Photo Suite is a place where you can get your picture taken in costume with professional lighting and backgrounds by professional photographers. You can choose to submit your photo to the Otakorp photo libraries where they may be used in future publications. You can also purchase 8x10 or 4x6 prints of your photo, as well as digital copies of your photos. Prints will be available at the con on the same day your photo is taken.
Q: When is the Photo Suite open?
|A:||Friday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Saturday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Sunday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM for Photos|
|Sunday 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM for Pickup Only|
Q: Do you allow multiple poses?
A: Usually the photographer will take at least three poses per person, but it can be more. When there are many people waiting in line we generally limit the number of poses you may take. Feel free to ask.
Q: What kind of prints do you sell?
A: We will be selling 8x10 and 4x6 prints from professional photo printers, the same quality of printing you would get from a professional photo store.
Q: Since you guys are doing digital, can I get digital copies?
A: Yes — with some limitations. We sell individual high resolution digital copies (suitable for printing) as well as the full set of photos from your photoshoot at low resolution (suitable for e-mail and putting on the web). All digital copies must be placed on Otakon USB thumb drives, which are provided for free with purchase of a digital copy. We will not accept personal thumb drives or other media types (we don't know what sort of viruses may be on your media), nor will we e-mail photos. Individual high resolution digital copies will cost $20 for the first image and $10 for each additional image. A full set of low resolution images will cost $40 or a full set of high resolution images can be purchased for $150. Full set of digital photos will cost an extra 50% for groups larger than 2 ($60 for low res full session and $225 for high res full session).
Q: Wait, you are charging me for large groups?
A: No and yes: only if you want to buy the full photo session in high or low res. When you have more than 2 people, we take a LOT more photos, and you GET a lot more photos. We understand that this is a lot of extra money, so we actually condone and suggest you buy one drive and share the images with the group later. You can buy extra Otakon USB drives for $10 a piece.
Q: What's the difference between high resolution and low resolution digital copies?
A: A high resolution digital copy will be a full resolution image in JPEG format from the camera (generally 8MP) and will be suitable for printing up to 16"x20" prints. A low resolution digital copy will be a drastically smaller JPEG (640x480) and will be suitable for posting on the internet and e-mailing to friends. Low resolution digital copies are generally not sufficient resolution for printing.
Q: What am I allowed to do with my digital copy?
A: With the purchase of the digital copy, we are allowing personal use — which means you can share it with your friends, post it on the internet, and make your own prints (if you purchased a high resolution copy) but you cannot use it commercially (that is, you can't make money off it). Otakon still retains the copyright for all images taken in the PhotoSuite.
Q: Do you provide a printing release for the digital copy?
A: A printing release can be provided for the individual high resolution digital copies upon request. A printing release will allow you to print your photo anywhere. Print releases will not be provided for the low resolution sets since the photos in those sets will not be suitable for printing.
Q: When do I pay for my print(s) or digital copy?
A: If you choose to purchase a print or digital copy, payment will be collected after your photo is taken and you have selected which images you would like.
Q: How/When do I get my print or digital copy?
A: After you pay for your order, you will be given an estimate for when your order will be ready. In most cases, digital copies are available immediately after payment and prints will be available about 4 hours after having your picture taken. Show your receipt and you will be able to pick up your order.
Q: What if I don't pick up my picture by the end of the convention / have to leave before my picture is printed?
A: If you do not believe you will be able to pick up your picture by the end of the convention or you will have to leave before your order is ready, you will need to pay the $5 shipping fee, fill out a mailing label, and your order will be mailed to you.
Q: Will I get to look at a proof or anything before I order, so I can decide if I like the photo?
A: After your photoshoot we will show you previews from your entire photoshoot on a large (40+") monitor.
Q: Do you guarantee the quality of the print I purchase?
A: We cannot guarantee the results of the photograph. We promise that we will do our best to give you the best result possible, but the number of factors inherent in photography, including that of personal subjective tastes, prevents us from pleasing everyone. Sales are final.
Q: What if I want more prints a month or so down the road? Can I get you guys to do reprints for me?
A: We do not do reprints. However you may ask for (and pay for) multiple copies when you make your initial order with us or you may purchase a high resolution digital copy of any photos you may want a reprint of.
Q: Can I get a print of someone else's photo?
A: No, we will only sell prints to those featured in the picture.
Q: Can I use my own camera or ask you to use it to take my picture?
A: For technical reasons, we cannot allow the use of outside cameras in the PhotoSuite, as they can interfere with our lighting.
Q: I don't have any cash but I want to purchase a print or digital copy. Can I pay by check/credit card/pocky/toys/favor instead?
A: We accept cash, as well as Visa/Mastercard and Travelers' checks. We do not accept personal checks or personal favors.
Q: Can we take group photos?
A: As long as you can safely squeeze in front of the backdrop, yes. And sometimes even when you can't.
Q: What is this about a model release?
A: By signing the model release, you're signing your rights of your likeness over to the Otakon for possible publication. You could be on our website or in our program book!
Q:Can I still get a photograph taken if I choose not to sign the model release?
A: Yes, in this case we will still take your picture for you and you can purchase a print or digital copy.
Q: Can I still get a photograph taken if I choose not to sign the model release?
A: Yes, in this case we will still take your picture for you and you can purchase a print or digital copy.
Q: Can I still get a photograph taken if I choose not to purchase a print so I can be a part of future Otakorp publications?
A: Yes, in this case you must sign the release; otherwise there will have been no reason for you to get your picture taken, other than the pleasure of being blinded by the lights.
Q: What is this about an age limit for the Photo Suite?
A: The only age restrictions that exist pertain to submitting your photos to the Otakorp photo libraries. To submit your photo to the Otakorp libraries, you must sign a model consent and release form, which is available at the Photo Suite. If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian must sign the form. You do not need to be 18 to have your photograph taken for the purposes of purchasing a print or digital copy, and all ages are welcome.
Q: The form says I have to have a parent's/guardian's signature if I'm a minor, but my parents aren't here. Can I still get my picture taken?
A: Yes. The signature means that Otakorp can use the photos we take of you in future publications. If you don't sign you can still order a print or digital copy, we just won't use you in any of our publications. You can also take a form to be signed by your parent/legal guardian and bring it back.
Q: There are both adults and minors in our cosplay group. Can we still get our picture taken without parental permission? Can the adults in the group sign for the minors?
A: In order for us to be able to use your picture in our publications, we need signatures from the parent or legal guardian of all minors involved. Again, you can still get your picture taken for prints or digital copies without signing the form.
Q: So wait… does this mean you're going to card me? I have to bring ID?
A: Yes, if you are signing your forms in front of us we will potentially require proof of age. Please bring a photo ID that displays your birth date.
Q: Why are you requiring proof of age for this? I don't see any other photographers in the halls asking to see my ID.
A: The photography suite rules are based on legal obligations for publication. Generally hall photography is for personal use and falls under different rules.
Q: Can we have our parents or guardians fill out the forms for us to bring?
A: If you received the form ahead of time and had your parents or guardians sign the form, we will accept it.
Q: How are group shots being handled? Do we fill out one form?
A: Each member of a group must fill out a form.
Q: What happens if only one or two people in a group wish to submit their photo to the Otakorp photo libraries?
A: Unfortunately, every model featured in the photo must sign the release statement for Otakorp for it to be valid (Ever try to cut people out of a photo? It's not pretty.) If a group does not or cannot all sign a form, we are willing to take a photo separately of the group. Mix and match your group as much as you wish, just remember that you cannot hold up the others waiting to get their photo taken.
Q: I loved the photos that I got! Are your photographers available for private shoots?
A: We're glad you loved your photos, and we always encourage you to get to know your photographer. Many of our photographers offer their services year round, so don't be afraid to ask for their contact information (some are even available for weddings, rock concerts, bar mitzvahs, etc!). Private photoshoots are handled directly with the photographer of your choice. None of our photographers are paid for their work at Otakon. Please show your support and appreciation by requesting private commissions.
Q: Can I / you
A: We are not monsters. If you have a specific request not listed on the FAQ, please ask! We don't bite. We can't guarantee we will say yes, but we will listen to any reasonable request.