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Ardella Cosplay • Belle

Valent Lau Photography continues our Sydney portrait photography and interview with lovely Ardella as the carefree book loving Belle from Beauty and the Beast. For this we had a choice of different outfits for Belle from different parts of the the story. We went with the simpler earlier dress as a village girl. To match the them we went to Sydney Olympic Park near Homebush for a Bicentennial Park portrait photography session. There was a quiet grassy area that was perfect for depicting Belle outside her village, maybe out on an errand with her favorite book.

This is the second part of a three part series. If you missed it, here is the first part.

What is your favorite part of cosplay?

  • The people! Cosplay has opened me up to a whole new culture that I didn’t know existed a few years ago. The community is so close knit and I’ve made so many wonderful friends. It’s so lovely to be with a group of people who share the same interests.

What is the most memorable moment you’ve had?

  • I met my partner cosplaying at a convention. I was taking some quiet time away from the crowds and he asked to take my photo. We’ve been together for 2 years now, and we attend conventions together. He encourages me and gives me the courage to attempt cosplays I don’t think I could do without his support.

Have you had anything go wrong?

  • Plenty of times, but it’s always been small things. I’ve had a fake eyelash fall off while I was being filmed once at the end of a long day at a convention and it ended up getting stuck just beside my mouth. Apart from that, the dreaded high heels always cause me problems! I don’t wear them much in my day-to-day life, and I’ve had many a trip because I’m not used to walking in 5 inch heels.

How do you find the cosplay community in Sydney?

  • The cosplay community in Sydney is, for the most part, absolutely lovely. There can be a fair amount of drama and competitiveness, which I imagine is the same in any hobby where people are competing against each other. That’s why I have never entered a cosplay competition before. I prefer to keep cosplay as a fun, relaxing way to spend my spare time and remember that it’s not about being the best, it’s about enjoying yourself and doing what you love to do.


Still more to come

Some of these photos were published in an article in The ONE Magazine, October 2012 Issue. The ONE is a Chinese & Japanese bilingual magazine with distribution in Sydney and Melbourne.

Published by Valent Lau

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