In May of 2015 I was attending Phoenix Comicon when a group of cosplayers excitedly mentioned that Grant Brummett was taking free photos of cosplayers. They showed me his page and explained that he had his navigation tracking on so cosplayers could find him in the convention center and get some shots. As a cosplayer, I am always honored when someone wants to take my photo. It reveals to me that they either admire the character I am representing OR that they admire my craft/skill. So when a photographer is actively seeking out cosplayers its just a very exciting moment.
My first encounter with Grant was humbling. He was friendly, non-biased, creative, skilled and extremely patient. A group of about 8 had gathered around him and he took time with each and every cosplayer. He offered advice on positions/angles and helped us acquire the very best photo of our costume. Grant saw the potential in ALL cosplayers. He was non-discriminant: an attribute that I feel more cosplay photographers…actually, more photographers in GENERAL need to add to their professional repertoire.
Grant was present at every convention I attended. He had photo meetups, he hung out with cosplayers and attendees; he was just as excited as everyone else which is a refreshing feeling as many convention photographers have a “just pose and move on” attitude. That is why the news I was delivered on Sunday shocked me to my core. Grant Brummett, an Arizona cosplay and portrait enthusiast, has passed on from the realm of the living. I am truly dismayed. It is even more emotionally disrupting knowing that I saw him only a week ago at Mesa Comic & Media Expo actively taking pictures in his jovial fashion. He was a mentor, a friend and a positive role model in a community that is struggling against conformity.
In honor of Grant and all he has done for the cosplay community I would like to share what I consider to be some of his best cosplay photos…
This is for you Grant, wherever you may be…so long and thanks for all the pics.