Photographer Highlight: Cubster Cosplay Photography

Written by Eli of Cubster Cosplay Photography

Cubster Cosplay Photography Headshot Photo by KB Live Photography

Cubster Cosplay Photography Headshot
Photo by KB Live Photography

“My name is Eli. I'm originally from Havana, Cuba, and I'm a cosplay photographer currently living in Riverside AL. Although I work during the weekdays as a customer service representative, I make sure there is time for my true passion, photography. I run a highly publicized Cosplay photography business called Cubster Cosplay Photography. 

Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, I immigrated to the United States in 2003 with my family. From a young age, I've always been fascinated by capturing moments on film. As a kid, I remember using my 35mm film camera and saving up my money to have the film developed. I would always have a camera around my neck. In 2014 my passion amplified when I started covering the LGBT Pride events in Birmingham as the Central Alabama Pride's Official Photographer. I did this for three years which lead to publications and features in The Advocate Magazine. Then, in 2017, I discovered the world of cosplay which I never knew existed. Since I've always enjoyed superheroes and science fiction movies, this opened a whole new world of possibilities for me as I watched my favorite characters come to life. I had found my nitch. 

Without a doubt, photography is my passion. I enjoy every aspect of photography from conception to session and putting my creative touches on the final image during post-production. I love being able to inspire and mentor others to follow their dreams and passions. I feel as though I'm a teacher or mentor at heart and I love that I can pass on the knowledge I've gained through experience to others while doing what I love, create unique, one-of-a-kind art through photography. My number one priority when photographing anyone but especially a cosplayer is to be supportive, spread body positivity, be engaging and uplifting, make them feel comfortable while reassuring them that they look fantastic which helps to boost their self-esteem and make sure they're happy with all aspects of their session. This year, I will be the guest photographer at a local cosplay convention in Birmingham, AL, called Magic City Con in late June .“

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