Note From the Editor: Surely you didn’t think we’d pass up a chance to do a Black Widow-themed cosplay column in conjunction with the movie. But this week, we’ve got something special for you. Cosplay photographer Pat Loika is sharing some Black Widow pics from four different models that evoke the films and the comics. Pat is a former comic artist turned writer, podcaster, and photographer. He’s one of the best of the business, and very skilled at mixing pics and photoshop effects.
Marvel’s Black Widow film is finally out this week, and if you’re on social media, I’m sure you’ve seen photos and videos of the red carpet events, and all the fans in their Black Widow costumes. Natasha Romanoff is a very popular and beloved character, and you’ll see a lot of photos of her doing very specific poses.
She’s a great character because she has some very memorable poses that you can see in film, and she’s also versatile enough that you can get really creative when taking photos of anyone as her. I’ve had the pleasure of taking many photos of various cosplayers as the Black Widow, and with each photoshoot and model, I try to come up with something new and creative to help each of their shots stand out.
Comic book covers inspire a lot of my work, mostly because I’m a big fan, and at one point, I was looking to break in to drawing comics. While that didn’t quite work out, it’s fun to apply a lot of those sensibilities into photography.
If you know the character well enough, you can easily come up with scenarios to photograph them in. The Black Widow lends herself to many different situations. She has been a spy, a villain, a superhero, the leader of the Avengers, and a master assassin. She can be placed in any of these situations and more, the only limit is your imagination.