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Visit from the Queen

When I was a child, and I used to whine about being too tired to go to church or the grocery store, my mother would say “If the Queen were coming over, you’d have plenty of energy!”

I’m not sure what Queen she was referring to, but it was an excellent point. There are certain people in the world that when they call, you just know adventure is forthcoming, and whatever was stressing you out, making you tired, just melts away, because pure awesome is on the horizon.

So it was for Jared and I when we were at home, making about three different kinds of soup. Yes, that’s a lot of soup. But the reasons for making soup are another story entirely. Anyway, in the middle of the simmering, Kyle Freakin’ Cassidy calls and asks us if we would like to do a photoshoot.

Of course we do.

I wouldn’t say that when Kyle says “hop”, we say “how high”. I think it’s more like when Kyle calls to us from his giant airship and says “Jared! J.R.! I need your help to rescue the princess of the Aatheiral Lands!” We will happily scramble up the proffered ladder.

So it was when he called us on Saturday. He was working on his lighting setup for WorldCon and asked if we have any costumes we would like to be photographed. When a photographer as excellent as Kyle Cassidy says “Hey, would you like a few photos.” The answer is always YES. So it was that we brought 10 costumes to Kyle’s house for an evening of photos, movie watching and great conversation with Kyle and Trillian Stars.

Kyle is an amazing photographer, and he’s going to be at WorldCon with a lighting rig shooting photos of fans for free. If you are going to be at WorldCon, DO NOT pass up this opportunity to be photographed by one of the most awesome photographers working today. This is not something you say no to. Sometimes the Queen is coming over, and you don’t even know it. In this case, I am telling you, awesome is on it’s way. If you are going to be in it’s path, take advantage of it.


Photo by Kyle Cassidy
I just want to say that I'm really pleased with the way my arms look here. I have been lifting weights for about three months now and I am loving the results. I've always wanted muscular arms and now they are just starting to develop. Hooray for free weights!


Photo by Kyle Cassidy
Jared is constantly updating and tweaking his Batman suit. The suit has evolved over the years, parts being traded out, gloves for new gloves, a better belt, a different cape, alterations to the cowl. For Jared, it's interpretive and sculptural, he's sculpting a look. Recently, he's taken to a new form of sculpting the Batman suit - doing it from the inside. Every day Jared does 50 push ups and several exercises with free weights that have changed the shape of his muscles. It's a new kind of sculpture, one he's carrying with him all the time.


Photo by Kyle Cassidy

Photo by Kyle Cassidy


Photo by Kyle Cassidy

I consider Robin my "summer costume" since it includes very comfortable shorts and a t-shirt. It's the kind of costume I feel comfortable wearing sneakers in.

Photo by Kyle Cassidy


Photo by Kyle Cassidy
This suit is a pure thrift store find - amazing what can be picked up in the rich people thrift stores. One time Jared found a cashmere jacket for 10$ - the kind of thing that would be at least a 100$ in department stores.


Photo by Kyle Cassidy


Photo by Kyle Cassidy
This picture has a very Alex Ross feeling to it for me. When we were going through Kyle's photos, it just leaped out at me.

Photo by Kyle Cassidy
I did about half of the "Star Trek" costume photos wearing a blond wig, which you can see under the cut.


Photo by Kyle Cassidy
This particular outfit gained a fame all on it's own when Katie West wore it when she visited me last summer. You can see the evidence of that here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/katiewest/2573893157/

Kyle has these fantastic old school Star Trek prop pieces that I got to hold for this costume. What a delight!
Photo by Kyle Cassidy

Photo by Kyle Cassidy
Tags: jared axelrod, kyle cassidy, non-fiction, queen, soup, trillian stars
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