Cosplay Meet & Greet – Ash Sweetring as Samus Aran

Samas Aran Up-Close

Today we’re posting one of our Meet & Greet articles for cosplayer Ash Sweetring. If you attended Salt Lake Comic Con this past weekend, you may have run into her in this same costume on Saturday.

We met up with Ash a few weeks ago for a mini-shoot and interview. We knew before the general cosplay call that we wanted to shoot Ash, so I reached out to her before the big onslaught so we could get her stuff in towards the beginning. I’m glad we did. She is a delightful young lady and her always positive attitude helped turn us into fast friends.

Ash cosplayed Samus Aran from Metroid. Tim and I were quite excited to see the costume since Metroid has been one both of our favorite games from childhood. I have to confess I haven’t played much Metroid since the original NES version due to console choices, but that’s a different topic.

This shoot was, well let’s say not conventional. Because we’re doing location shoots as much as possible, we picked an outdoor location. For Samus Aran, we knew we wanted an outdoor dystopian type feel. We found a spot downtown in Salt Lake City. AND it started raining…. buckets and buckets. We opted for the grimy parking structure that is underneath the Marriott (across from the Salt Palace). It was very warm, but we got under way. Below you’ll find a small gallery of the results. Let us know what you think in the comments.. I’m sure Ash would love to read them. 🙂

We got mostly to the end of the shoot and a security guard approached. Now, sometimes, I get a little frustrated with people getting judgy about people doing nerdy stuff. He was very nice, but was giving us a lot of “skeptical face.” I like to turn those events around if I can, so I harassed him about not having played Metroid. It was a fun shoot. After we finished shooting, he lectured us a little bit, but was overall pretty friendly. We made our way to somewhere to eat and recorded the interview. The interview will be available on our podcast that will launch in the next few weeks!

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Trevor Nielson
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Trevor began his forray into nerdom as a kid peddling his bike all the way to the local bookstore to purchase comic books. The boring superhero comics weren’t good enough for Trevor, he wanted the real ones. The ones with ducks. Now who's laughing while he’s on his way to cash in all those valuable Ducktales comics. Soon he’ll have his own money bin full to the brim. These days, to fill the time before the money bin construction completes (and begins), Trevor fills his time with photography, movies, television and comic book conventions. You can find his cosplay Meet & Greet mini-shoot and articles on this site as well as prints of his photographs being sold by cosplayers throughout the land.

P.S. Trevor converted to Marvel & DC comics and movies later on, so no heartburn on that one, right?