Scott Allen, Darth Vader
Troy Manning, Boba Fett
Michael Bender, Komen Race for the Cure Stormtrooper
Ernest Flores, Gray Clone Trooper (CT-41911)
Stacey Bender, Bo-Katan Kryze
Dereck Dougherty, Snowtrooper
Matt Riggins, Bith
Christopher Cecil, Darth Maul
Jared Aldridge, Darth Nihilus
Barry Pike, Count Dooku
Grace Chang, X-Wing Pilot
Lawrence Green, Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker
Jared Aldridge, Red Power Ranger
Matt Riggins, Jason Vorhees
Virginia Hankins, Modern Day Lady Knight
David Baxter, Gandalf
Grace Chang, Battlestar Galactica
Jean Olds, Colonial Warrior (Tans)
Jean Olds, Deck Hand
Jean Olds, Enterprise Enlisted Crewman
Becky Bishop, Charles Dickens Victorian Woman
April Marie Eden, Fangirl
Barry Pike, Obi-Wan Kenobi
Scott Allen, Chewbacca
Francisco Owens, Stormtrooper
Ruark Dreher, Clone Trooper
Luis Linares, SR71 Bounty Hunter
Todd Mullin, AT-AT Driver
Matt Riggins, Tusken Raider
Gabriel Flores, TIE Pilot
Scott Allen, Imperial Officer
Lawrence Green, X-Wing Pilot
Lawrence Green, Dantooine Luke Skywalker
Ruark Dreher, Jedi
Jason Ybarra, Michaelanglo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
Edwin Johnson, Anime Character
William Jackson, Loki
David Baxter, Sandor Clegane
Lawrence Green, Corporal Dwayne Hicks
Eric Olds, Colonial Warrior with Blaster
Jean Olds, Colonial Warrior
Eric Olds, Starfleet Engineer
Grace Chang, Enterprise Away Team
Scott Allen, Western Darth Vader
WALL-E, Mike Senna
Mike Senna, R2D2
Matt Riggins, Sandtrooper
Steve Leahy, Special Ops Stormtrooper
Michael Bender, Captain Rex
Matthew Jarest, Mandelorian
Drew Hannah, Imperial Gunner
Coral Riggins, Jawa
Joseph Polselli, Imperial Guard
Ruark Dreher, Imperial Officer
Lawrence Green, Dagobah Luke Skywalker
Jared Aldridge, Green Power Ranger
Daniel Bravo, Rafael Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
Edwin Johnson, Umbrella Corporation Guard
Lon Brown, Wolverine
Virginia Hankins, Princess Merida
Lawrence Green, Starbuck
Eric Olds, Colonial Warrior Without Jacket
Eric Olds, Viper Pilot
Eric Olds, Enterprise Crewman & Department Head
Kevin Gilger, Dog the Bounty Hunter
Grace Chang, Mike Kungl's Leia
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Cosplayers

Cosplay Character Photographs

This project explores archetypal heroes and villains—and the people behind the masks and makeup.

More important than the photographs are the background stories of the people who wear these costumes. My project is an exploration of individuals and how their cosplay relates to their lives, loves, and dreams.

Planned Publication

I hope to publish some of these photographs and accompanying short biographies in a fine art photography book.

Any proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

I'm committed to realizing no profit from any aspect of this personal project.

Would You Like to Participate?

If you think you qualify for the project and if you'd like to participate, please send me an email or give me a call.

Compensation

In compensation for your participation, at the end of your portrait session, you'll be provided with electronic files (JPGs) representing your selected and corrected photographs which can be used for any non-commercial purpose, including personal self-promotion.

When I provide these free, personal-use photographs in exchange for participating in my project, you'll give up a bit of your time in order to receive amazing photographs you can enjoy for a lifetime.

It's my hope that project participants will use the files I provide to make photographic prints for their own walls or also share these photographs with their close friends and family.

Scheduling

Portrait sessions for this project are most often scheduled over several days at my home studio in Pasadena. You can get in touch with me using the information found on my contact page for more information or if you'd like to be added to the participant waiting list.

Project Origins

The Making Faces Project began when Hyperion Books (a division of Disney) commissioned me to photograph Rorke Denver for the cover of his novel, Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior.

Rorke is a pretty amazing guy. In addition to his work as an author, he was also the star of the film Act of Valor. During his 13-year career in the Navy, he led SEAL missions in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East specializing in maritime interdiction, hostage rescue, counter-insurgency, hydrographic beach reconnaissance, airborne assault boat deployments, and counter-narcotics.

Denver was also an officer in charge of SEAL Team Three platoon in Iraq's Al Anbar Province where he conducted more than 190 missions including sniper operations, direct assaults, special reconnaissance, and ground patrols. Rorke was awarded the Bronze Star with "V" for valorous action in combat.

During one of our pre-production calls for his photo shoot, Rorke asked if his brother Nate could also attend the photo session. I was quick to say yes but after asking a few questions, I discovered that Nate was a Houston firefighter. I realized that I had a rare opportunity to photograph two heroic archetypes in highly recognizable uniforms. From those beginnings, the “Making Faces Project" was born.

Fun Fact

David Baxter, a Making Faces Project participant, sat for me dressed as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane (Game of Thrones) and later entered one image from our session in a photo contest judged by George R. R. Martin. The video clip below shows the results!

Disclaimer

Any of the trademarks, design rights, or similar rights that may be associated with the uniforms or costumes worn by some subjects and featured in my photography are the property of their respective owners. Rob Greer Photography is neither endorsed by nor affiliated with any of the holders of those rights.