When I first began cosplay I had so many personal goals that I wanted to accomplish, but very soon after that though I realized I wanted to give back to the community that gave me so much and I wanted something more fulfilling in my costuming experience. So, I began to really work with the community and volunteer my time and energy to the advancement of other cosplayers goals and aspirations.
That lead me to working with charitable organizations like costumers with a cause and participating in the many locals costuming events in the Chicagoland area. Continuing my efforts to contribute to the community, I would conduct free foam workshops in my home to all those interested in learning about how to work with foam, getting started in cosplay can be intimidating and I wanted to alleviate the anxiety that people have with foam, so opening to my home for free lessons seemed like a good way to do just that. I also found the need to push for more diversity and inclusion in the cosplay community and this lead to me co-creating Chicago P.O.C cosplayers, which is a cosplay group dedicated to bringing diverse faces to nerd spaces, and I have no plans to slow down.
Papa Bear Studios got its initial start in digital arts and photography, editing cosplay photos as well as shooting family and friends. They now have paying clients, have shown steady improvement of the craft and developed a personal style. Do you love Family Portraits? Cosplay? Boudoir? Papa Bear has you covered. There are no limitations to the genres of photography we support, let us make YOUR vision come to life.
Through my journey in costuming and photography over the years I have been able to speak internationally about cosplay, I have gone on to be featured on the SyFy Channel, was the official mascot for Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, cosplay affiliate for Wizard World, been a guest speaker at various conventions, lead cosplay programmer, internationally published, competed and judged in multiple cosplay events, won multiple awards and has no plans on slowing down.
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