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Rurouni Kenshin Cosplay in Fresno, California

29 Jun

This was another dream cosplay! I was Kaoru Kamiya, Jonathan was Kenshin Himura, Sean was Sanosuke Sagara and Sky was Misao Makimachi. We took the photos at the Shinzen Japanese Gardens in Fresno, California last summer in 2012.

All of these costumes were made from scratch – either drafting our own patterns, or using / altering Simplicity patterns. The kimono lining and obis for Kaoru and Misao I made from bed sheets I found at a thrift store! The Kaoru and Kenshin wigs we won from the USA Wig competition for getting first place for our Cowboy Bebop photos.

I really like the way these photos came out! Hope you guys like! ^_^

Ani-Me Con at Fresno Manchester Mall

16 Jun

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I spent the majority of yesterday snapping photos at the Ani-Me Con at Fresno’s Manchester Mall yesterday while helping at the Ani-Jam booth. And by “helping” I mean wandering by every few minutes complaining about my back aching and sitting on the floor by the table. Being pregnant and puffy and unable to squeeze into my cosplays, I wore my Think Geek “Now Loading… Please Wait” maternity shirt that my mum got me so I could self-identify as a fellow geekling. But there’s always a frustrating “naked” feeling with being at a con and not in cosplay.

So! I got my cosplay jollies out by taking pictures of friends and con-goers in costume. Since I don’t charge for my photos and I don’t really care to be one of the “cosplay photographers” that lurks around a pretty or neutral background, I tend to be rather timid about approaching cosplayers to pose for me when the photo bug bites. So I mostly just grabbed my friends Will, Dani, (Neeka Cosplay) and Kelly and made them pose for me so I could enjoy an evening of photoshopping cosplay photos while watching High School Musical.

Also, my good friend Will – who cosplays Captain Jack Sparrow – took first place in the cosplay contest! Check out our Pirates of the Caribbean photoshoot at Cypress Cove, California here.

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I can’t wait for Ani-Jam this August 17 + 18th. With so many things being up in the air with Jonathan in the Navy- (we don’t even know where we’ll be after this August!) – Ani-Jam will be my last convention of the year. I’ve really enjoyed being adopted into the AJ family. Ever since they took me on as Cosplay Coordinator last year, I’ve made some amazing friends and adopted family, and I can’t imagine my convention year being complete without the delightful madness of Ani-Jam, my AJ Overlords and the rest of the gang. If you haven’t pre-registered for this convention (and the Cosplay Masquerade being organized by yours truly) DO SO NOW!

X-Men Cosplay in Fresno, California

13 Jun

We made these costume for the midnight release of X-Men: Origins in 2011. I had cosplayed as the live action Rogue years before with my friend Will, who cosplayed as Logan, so this was an old costume for me.

It took some pursuading, since Jonathan doesn’t like the character, but I forced Jonathan to be Scott Summers and we pulled this costume out of pre-existing clothing in his closet, and we made the visor out of an empty DVD case following a tutorial we found online. (Once it was all said and done, I think he make one dashing Scott Summers!)

At the last minute (literally the night before the shoot) we recruited our friend Deanna to do Dr. Jean Grey and voila! X-Men Photoshoot of Awesome! The photoshoot location is outside of the Fresno County offices in downtown Fresno, California.

Jessica + David Wedding in Fresno, California

2 Jun

Jonathan and I shot this wedding and reception hosted at a private residence in Fresno, California. The property was absolutely gorgeous, with a koi pond, bonsai and succulent garden, manicured lawn and pristine grounds. We enjoyed shooting this gorgeous event! The family was clearly a tight knit group, and as always, it was a thrill seeing the beauty and magic of two families becoming one. The wonderful thing about being a wedding photographer is that I truly love my job. I love going to weddings. I love seeing the joy of the moment and capturing it on digital film.

Fresno Ani-Jams “Cosplay de Mayo” picnic in Fresno, California.

6 May

Yesterday Fresno Ani-Jam’s annual cosplay picnic was held at Woodward Park. And this years theme was “Cosplay de Mayo”. The picnic was potluck style, so after our little Eta Aquarids (but not really) and sunrise stint, Jonathan and I made a 5 pound batch of Bonito Onigiri and Shiso Onigiri to take to the park! (Here is the recipe, with photos!)

Ani-Jam is basically the Central Valley’s sole anime convention and it’s got a great selection of guests, panels and booths that focuses on Japanese animation, manga, gaming and music. The cosplay picnic serves as a kind of get-the-word-out pre-party for the convention in August. There was lots of yummy food, music, yard sale tables set up, contests, a pinata and of course, otaku running amok in cosplay everywhere!

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I served on staff with Ani-Jam as the Cosplay Coordinator last year, and even though I did a rather bumbling job as a novice in organizing the Cosplay Masquerade, I’ve somehow found myself on the 2013 staff as coordinator once again. And even though Jonathan will be in boot camp / A school during this years show, he is lending his services as part of security.

Since we were bringing onigiri, Jonathan went as Kyo Sohma from Fruits Basket and I wore a Kyo t-shirt (since my Tohru Honda doesn’t fit my 20 week pregnant belly, *sobs*). I was pleasantly surprised to see that in most of the photos from the day, I actually look pregnant! Wonder of wonders! My friend Eliza had the camera most of the time, so I was blissfully camera-free for the most part and now I have some sweet photos of me and my honey.

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Part of the fun of the day included a three legged race (always hilarious watching people in self-imposed bondage strain not to break a femur whilst running for no real reason other than to possibly break a femur), the piñata (“Who wants to beat Hello Kitty with a stick?!” *Otaku’s go wild*) and the staff signature scavenger hunt. My clue was, “Find the cosplay coordinator” and Jonathans was, “Find a member of WING who is married to member of staff.”

Then there was the cosplay contest that Belle, Tony and I judged. I have a lot more fun judging otaku in costume than I should have, so apparently I’m really good at being judgmental? There were some great costumes out and about and I’m excited to see what’s brought to the actual convention masquerade.

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The closer it gets to Jonathan leaving for boot camp – only 4 weeks now – the more we run into events and plans that Jonathan won’t be around for. Ani-Jam being one of them. I’m trying not to let these get me down and instead view them as things to keep my busy while he’s off getting a mega hot military body and some spunky Gene Kelly-esque sailor suits. But still. We’ve never really been apart. I’m going to need as many distractions as possible in the coming months.

Here’s the Ani-Jam banner for those of you in the California area. It’s the place to be this August. ^_^

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