When you ask a woman of a certain age, especially a somewhat nerdy woman, who their favorite video game character is…Lara Croft is going to dominate those answers.

Why? Because Lara was the first lead character in a video game that wasn’t a princess and didn’t need to be rescued. She was the one doing the rescuing in the iconic franchise Tombraider. Lara didn’t want to live a trust fund life. She was too busy jumping off cliffs, shooting bad guys and being an adventurous bachelorette.

These are all big reasons why she was my first real attempt at cosplaying a decade ago. So I was super pumped for the opportunity to revisit the character for the upcoming GAAM Adventure Show:

#GAAM | Games, Art And Music. Your favorite video game based, charity art party/show is back, this time with an Adventure theme focused on Zelda, Tomb Raider, and Uncharted! This adults only event has Charity art auctions, Indie games, DJs, cosplay, livestreaming crowd participation, live performances, food trucks, dancing, current gen games, prizes, adventure, and surprises! 

GAAM has held cosplay photoshoots for years that have grown into a great community here in North Florida. Friendships and relationships have expanded where photoshoot day is just another reason to laugh, eat chicken wings and take shots with your friends.

Related: Sonya Blade cosplay.

Want to learn more about how to achieve this Lara Croft cosplay? Read along to see how you can create your own and also learn about this year’s GAAM show…

Lara Croft Cosplay Breakdown


DIY/Already Owned



Disclaimer: I’ve always loved working out and while I make a half-assed attempt at dieting, I really wanted to challenge myself for this cosplay. But after this photo shoot, I don’t care to eat another helping of spaghetti squash or cauliflower pizza crust for as long as I walk this earth.

Before this shoot my idea of a diet was only eating junk food on the weekends. However, all the cosplayers stepped up their fitness routines and shared diet goals and FAQs in a private Facebook group—which was an incredible help.

For my diet, I cut out sugar, limited sodium intake and only had 50 grams of carbs on gym days for three weeks. Then the final two weeks leading up until the shoot, I followed this diet.


From research to the released photos, hit the “next” link in the gallery to check out all of the inspiration, photos and BTS from my Lara Croft cosplay.

Photography: Mark Painter Pariani

How to attend GAAM


If you’re new to GuysGirl, you might not be aware of how far GAAM and I go back.

The short answer? YEARS AND YEARS.

I first met Ryan, the co-founder of GAAM when…hell I can’t remember. But it was around the same time we both started our businesses and knew we could feed off of each other.

Since that day, both companies have grown and GuysGirl has even worked with Belle of the Blvd, a fashion truck and the brainchild of Ryan’s finance, Holli Nygren.

This power couple both love what they do and they’re some of the best people you’ll ever meet in life.

In addition to being great people they also put on some kick ass events, like the GAAM Show.


Q: What are the event details?

The main event is Saturday August 12th at 6pm located at ‘The Museum and Gardens’ in Jacksonville, Florida. It will last until 11pm with an after party commencing at a location TBD.

Q: How much are tickets?

Advanced tickets are $30. But if you wait until the last minute and need to buy them at the door, they’ll cost you $50.

Q: Booze and food included?

Beer and wine, yes. To satisfy your hunger, food trucks will be on hand.

Q: Do I have to dress up?

A lot of people do cosplay at GAAM, but many show up in their favorite geeky t-shirt too. I’d say the ratio is about 50/50 of those who cosplay and those who go casual. So don’t be afraid to do either!

Q:What’s the overall feel of a GAAM event?

Anyone ever say you ask too many questions? JK. Sorta. The event can be professionally described as cool as hell. Imagine all your friends geeked out, playing video games, looking at awesome art, checking out the cosplay plus drinks, great music and some of the best people you’ll ever meet in this life.


Like I mentioned in the FAQ, you can buy your tickets online or at the door. But if you buy online, especially the two-pack deals, you’ll be saving a lot of money in the process.

Tickets include free beer, too. So we got that going for us. Which is nice.