SNTP Tribute [Apr 2013]

My dear friend and mentor John Lynn has decided to step back from cosplay photography. If you’ve never seen his work, you are really missing out on something truly wonderful.

“Suit Shoot at Midnight” © SNTP John Lynn

Note: All of the photos in this post are © SNTP John Lynn. Click on the photos to access high resolution versions on John’s deviantART (except for the photo above, which is on his Facebook fan page). Again, none of these photos are mine; they are a very small sampling of my favorite photos that he has done.

“The dog bites back…” © SNTP John Lynn

This past weekend, exactly a year to the day when I first met him in the flesh, John Lynn — also known to his friends and fans as SNTP — announced that he was leaving cosplay photography to focus on other pursuits.

“Mari Plugsuit Cosplay 1” © SNTP John Lynn

I’ll admit that I was a bit surprised. I knew that he had been thinking about stepping back from the hobby, but I didn’t think he would leave it entirely — especially since he had given me such a great pep talk after my terrible experience at Anime LA.

“Wanze x Naruto: How’s this for ramen?!” © SNTP John Lynn

John is a great talent, to be sure. The concepts he devises for his shoots are imaginative, and his post-production work is awe-inspiring.

“Fiddlesticks!” © SNTP John Lynn

Even a simple hallway shot or a picture taken at dinner becomes something epic and mind-blowing in the sure hands of this skilled and talented craftsman.

“Shizaya: Taking a Smoke Break” © SNTP John Lynn

More than that, though, is the man himself.

“Miku: Farewell to Summer” © SNTP John Lynn

Despite being one of the most talented artists I have ever had the honor and privilege of working with, he is also one of the kindest and most generous people I know.

“Bonney Jewelry Cosplay 2” © SNTP John Lynn

John is incredibly humble and needlessly self-effacing, which is probably why he is continuously striving to improve his already high-caliber work.

“Kagura Cosplay” © SNTP John Lynn

Friendly and approachable, John is always willing to offer advice and encouragement; so much so, that I’d recently taken to calling him “senpai” (先輩), the Japanese term for “elder” or “mentor”. xD

“Pi Chan and Kuu Chan from 30-Sai no Hoken Taiiku 2” © SNTP John Lynn

Many photographers prefer to work alone out of fear that the presence of others will be a hindrance or will result in “stolen” shots. Not John!

“Final Fantasy Group Cosplay 1” © SNTP John Lynn

John has invited me along on several of his shoots, and as a result I’ve learned so much just by watching him work! I’ve also met many other awesome and talented people, including Enix Remix, pictured above.

“Magi Harem: Kiss for me… Crop” © SNTP John Lynn

I know that I’ll still be able to hang out with John and to ask him for pointers, but I can’t help but feel that the cosplay community is a lot less rich now that it has lost a talented artist and a wonderful human being. I know that with his dedication, talent, and just plain decency, he will have success and happiness wherever his journeys take him. I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing him the best and I hope he will rejoin the community one day. We love you, John!

Be sure to see more of John’s awesome work on deviantART!

Like John’s cosplay photography page on Facebook!

John also does portrait, landscape, and other photography! Check out his other work, also on Facebook!

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