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Gunner Yuna Progress by Morataya Gunner Yuna Progress by Morataya
The photos are of Lizzy, a great and sweet cosplayer I met at Anime South recently. She won Best in Show in the Costume Contest at Anime South with her Gunner Yuna.

cosplayer: Lizzy
Destin, Fl

Photo © Morataya Photography
Yuna, Final Fantasy X-2 © Square Enix
Please do not use or print without written permission.

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I wanted to share this screen cap of what I've been working on. I've been working on Anime South photos now after finishing the Christmas shoot and had taken a moment for a break when I saw my screen.

For some reason seeing this gave me a sudden surge of emotion. I can say I may or may not have shed a tear even! This past year I've seen a lot of places, I've met a lot of different people, and I've had the blessing to have taken a lot of amazing photos.

I want to thank each of you that have helped me along the way, thank you to those that have posed in front of my camera, and thank you especially to those of you who've believed in me.

I only aim to get better, to both move and astonish everyone with my photos as time goes by. But I hope that I can show my gratitude in some way to each of you who's been there with me through this path I've chosen to take.

Thank you.
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:iconnegativedreamer:
negativedreamer Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
we need to get her for some more photos again...
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Morataya Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
she doesn't cosplay anymore from what Julie says. I remember talking to her at Anime South and she had mentioned she was done, Yuna was the only character she ever wanted to do.
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negativedreamer Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
yea, i know... still it sux!
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UndergroundMemories Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Student Photographer
She looks beautiful <3
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ExileFayt Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh my lord this is absolutely captivating *-* I absolutely can't wait to see these finished!! She looks amazing.
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Morataya Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
she really did look great! (=
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EvilSp0rk Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
Cuuuuute! :D
And it is rather energetic with the collage like that.
As every picture says a thousand words, this picture turns those words into a novel.
:aww:


:penguin:
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:iconmorataya:
Morataya Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
that's really nice of you to say, thank you!
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otakitty Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
ooooohhhh :drool:
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Morataya Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
*handkerchief*
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Juju-gurl Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
OMGOSH. Lizzy is going to LOVE THESE! I LOVE THESE! *faints*
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Morataya Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
*phoenix down*
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Juju-gurl Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
and isn't she just beeaaauuutiful?
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wooooow she's so beautiful! Nice work, Morataya! The photos definitely capture her character.
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Th4m Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Positively stunning. Your photos never cease to amaze me, honestly. Can't wait to see more. :)
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chibikat Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
Lookin' good! You recently left a comment on an ANCIENT Excel Saga photo of mine on cos.com- was it a random coincidence, or did you recognize me from the photo I had uploaded of the costume I wore at Anime South?? :D
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Morataya Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
must be coincidence! haha a friend sent me the link since he knows excel was a favorite series of mine a few years back. to which I replied, "oh hey, I shot with her at Anime South. Cool." lol he didn't know before hand.
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010   Photographer
Awesome work! You're definitely getting even better with your photos!

Out of curiosity, what are you shooting with these days? I'm considering upgrading to a Canon 7D, myself. Might actually motivate me to take more photos. xD
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Morataya Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
Still using my Nikon D50, a dispoable to some lol. But it gets the job done quite nicely.

I would hope that would be motivation! That's a fine camera that should be put to use if owned!! =)
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010   Photographer
It's the photographer that makes the photos, not the camera! That's still not a bad camera, either.

And, I know! That's what I'm worried about. I want to use it, but I don't know as many people as I used to, and my time spent on the cosplay circuit has been limited. I'll probably still get it, while upgrading along the way. A new Canon Speedlite, and an L lens...and then maybe the body to go with it.

I just want to shoot more! Hook me up with some South Florida models, plz! xD
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Jaeara Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
Hermano, this pic you uploaded made me yell "HOLY SHIT" out loud. Dude, you keep getting better all the time!
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KurohaneShizumi Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Your photography... it just blows me away sometimes. You haven't done anything to it and it looks so clean and crisp and just amazing. *A*

You certainly don't have to thank us. And I'm sure you'll achieve all you hope for. I know I look forward to it. ^_^
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hybridgothica Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
they look great :)
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negativedreamer Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
kinda funny how cute girls always get shots before i do... i now know where your loyalties lie! (J.K.!)

any ways looking great so far, cant wait to see the rest!
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BellaVoce4 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
awwwwwwwww they're so pretty! I can't wait to see them all!
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