Beth Dooner

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I started shooting Live Action Role Play (LARP) as another part of my 3rd Year Final Major Project in Geek Visual Culture. I never imagined it would become such a huge interest for me in such a short time, or that would I become someone relatively well known in the community as a result of my work. I love shooting LARP, it challenges me at every game and I’ve met some incredible people through doing it. I’m discovering more genres, more ways of working, developing my postproduction skills, and meeting even more people through every game I attend. I’ve been involved in this hobby now for nearly 3 years and I am still constantly learning.

Knowing that my LARP photography brings so much joy to people within the hobby andoutside of it fuels me so much. There’s both the professional side of knowing I delivered results to the organisers, but also the personal side of seeing people generate froth from an album, or even just one image. Through the post-event side of the image taking, it’s a very rewarding hobby.

However, that is what it is, a hobby. I am at a different stage in my life from when I began shooting LARP and I was able to devote more time to it. Time and money need to go into other areas, yet LARP photography still takes up a lot of that. If travel expenses and food are unable to be provided, then it does all add up into a bit of a strain on my wallet. I am not currently in a financial place to be able to fund my hobby without help from patrons.

Not only do I want to be able to make myself continue to be available for shooting LARP games, but also I want to be able to have the opportunity to develop my skills through it, both for myself and for players. Being able to expand my kit, I can produce not only more successful shots but also more creative work through the hobby. I want to take my critical approach to my work further and be able to work on key areas of development in my style. This is through looking at the strengths and flaws in my own work; and general inspiration, be it other LARP photographers, what players/organisers have suggested, or film production stills.

This is where the LARP Community has been wonderful during the past couple of years of having a Patreon Account, and how you can still continue to help.
With the support of the community so far, I have been able to continue devoting time to LARP systems and providing images for players and organisers. It means my mind wont be troubled with the thought of “Will I be able to afford this one?” when invited to a game, and be able to pay people who have kindly given me lifts to events in the past. It also means the time I devote to doing post-production on images doesn’t feel like it’s eating into time I should be spending on freelance work. I can help out a game team who need crew to pay for catering without me glancing awkwardly at my bank balance.

I have been able to buy the small but essential replacement kit like batteries and memory cards. Financial support over the least year meant I could buy more thermals, so I can comfortably keep shooting throughout all conditions. I was able to put a fair amount of money without stress into buying better boots for LARP, with ankle support and everything… only 2 years after everyone was telling me to do it. I listened eventually. It meant I could buy more varied base kit; and next on my plans is to buy more ways of hiding the more modern elements of my photography equipment.

For the systems that needed it, I have been able to hire out lighting to provide portrait shots of people in a dedicated OC area, and now thanks to an incredibly generous donation, own lighting kit to bring to games. I plan to put money into a film camera and experiment with different styles of shooting to create a more visually diverse and exciting result for different games. I have been able to hire kit that can cope in more challenging conditions better the the kit I currently own, making me able to produce more work and not be limited by what I currently own. It means a stronger body of photography work from each game I attend, work we can all be proud of.

Not only has your support help my LARP photography, but it also meant I can devote more time and personal money into my other projects without LARP losing out. ‘The Cosplayers at Home’ and ‘Geeks on the Streets’ are both dependent on my finances, and both have a strong link to Geek Visual Culture, which is how all my projects tie together. Additionally, this will help me fund a version of ‘The Cosplayers at Home’ but shot with LARPers in mind, which I am hoping to start during the final processes of ‘The Cosplayers at Home’.

The current support has been wonderful and has kept me going through the hobby; your continuous support will help me grow even further in the hobby. I am still reliant on the finances I get through Patreon to keep me attending and photographing games, so I hope what I have provided over the years with photography has proven your belief in me. Thank you all for your time and support.

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Accidental breakage on equipment is not cheap. LARP does have a fair amount of risks with shooting, and I want to be able to be covered for that. 
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