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! ^_^
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.
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!
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.
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.