Nintama Rantaro cosplay photoshoot

Apart from vague childhood memories of watching Chinese-dubbed episodes of Nintama Rantaro on television, I approached this shoot for Alice and Tammu with little in-depth knowledge of the series. What I did have, though, was a pretty good idea of the look I wanted to achieve for this shoot, and how to go about doing that. One issue for cosplay photographers is how the...

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Photographing a translucent Sydney Opera House

This post is very different from the content you might be used to seeing on this blog. Basically, it covers a particularly interesting commercial job that I took on last year, in a genre very different from cosplay. The more technically-minded might enjoy reading this post, because I break down the process of preparing and executing for the job in order to minimise the...

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Darkness concept photoshoot

The first really concept-heavy photoshoot for me took place in May last year, when I put on a Creative Director hat (in addition to photographing) for the shoot “Darkness”. After putting off processing it for some time, I finally did it near the end of 2013 and did a limited release on my Facebook page. The delay turned out to be a good thing as it allowed me to look...

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A personal note on the year 2013

2013 could count as one of the worst years of my life, personally speaking. In the space of a couple of months, I encountered serious set-backs that still have repercussions for me today. But this blog is not about those losses, nor is it about my personal travails. Instead, I’d I’m here to talk about coming back from those difficulties. The fact is, negative things...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Nurarihyon no Mago

The third and final shoot for this pre-SMASH! day for zimiel and Karen was for the characters Nurarihyon and Setsura from Nurarihyon no Mago. Having planned the sequence and locations of the shoots, we shot at a bamboo forest, the same one I used for the League of Legends Ahri, which was a walk down from the location we used for Angel Sanctuary. While the cosplayers went...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

Having quite enjoyed Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun myself, I jumped at the opportunity to do a shoot for Karen and zimiel who were portraying Shizuku Mizutani and Haru Yoshida (respectively). This would be the first of three shoots for that one day, so we started fairly early. It used to be my limit for shoots per day was two. But then in the 2012 SMASH! period, I pushed it to...

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Light-stencilled cosplay photoshoot: Ultimate Madoka

This was probably the most experimental and preparation-intensive shoot I’ve ever done. As many of these things, I’m not entirely sure what prompted me to embark on something like this, but a combination of a number of factors meant I could pull it off (albeit with quite a bit of expense and effort). First of all, though: my absolute thanks to the cosplayer Sairla,...

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Post-SMASH! 2013 and Facing Challenges

Before I get into the main topic of this post, I wanted to thank the cosplayers who I shot with around the SMASH! period, Ray, my partner in crime for the cosplay photography panel at SMASH!, and the many people who came to attend the panel itself. Your support, patience, and your generosity with your time have really kept me going. SMASH! 2013 was a great convention,...

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Jesse Willesee x Kurt Johnson: BLACKOUT

Become re-acquainted with the darkness, my friend. In the murk of half-exposed profiles, of shadows blurring into each other, furtive hands, and the imagination of childhood stirs. Let not the garish light unveil all; let mystery and black enchantment rule. The light is now but a necessary evil: it defines edges, and in its revealment, implies unseen crepuscules, skin and...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Evangelion 2.0 EVA Provisional Unit 05

For such an involved shoot, the actual planning for the execution only took a short time. Will asked for a shoot for the cosplay of the EVA Provisional Unit 05 (as seen in Evangelion Rebuild 2.0), which was his entry into the 2013 Sydney Madman National Cosplay Championship. Since I didn’t actually go backstage during Supanova Sydney 2013, or watch the competition...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Flandre Scarlet

This shoot for Andi was part of the Supanova-related festivities. The weather during this period was pretty much dominated by rain but as it happened, though the ground was pretty wet when we started shooting at a *certain* cathedral it was actually not pouring, which was nice. Though rain did come and go for a bit while we were under cover. When the shoot for Flandre...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Genjo Sanzo from Saiyuki

The Sanzo shoot was the second cosplay shoot I did in Taiwan during my trip there a few weeks ago. I had previously met enyen in 2012, when I did a shoot for No. 6 with Jermany and Pie, and she helped out during that shoot. This time, when I contacted her again about doing a shoot, we arranged to do a Sanzo shoot at a tea house in the Banqiao District called...

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Supanova Sydney 2013

Well, writing this blog feels like jumping into the story in the middle of a chapter, because in my mind, my trip to Taiwan, the shoots there and Supanova and its associated shoots are all intertwined. But since I (1) processed Supanova stuff first, and (2) am in the middle of some extended post-process workloads for the shoots in Taiwan, it seems only fair to do an...

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Fashion photoshoot: LIZ LISA style

Mid-week, Alana asks for a fashion shoot! Since I was free on Saturday anyway, yes, why not? I am at the stage now where I am trying to expand my fashion portfolio with increased diversity of looks. Examining the usual LIZ LISA fare, with their florals and curls and frills and organic pastel colours, I realised that most of them were lit. It’s an interesting thing,...

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Cosplay photoshoot: AKB0048’s Atsuko Katagiri

This shoot, for Sairla was initiated by her boyfriend Eric, who contacted me about a possible contracted shoot. I decided not to do a paid shoot but to go ahead and execute anyway. After a few delays and a bit of negotiation regarding timings, location, etc, we ended up shooting for one hour (first shot taken 6:48pm; last shot taken 7:50pm) on a Wednesday...

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Underwater cosplay photoshoots: Miku Append & Angel Sanctuary

With the end of antipodean summer and the start of the autumnal seasons, I knew it would be another long wait before I would have the opportunity to do another underwater shoot. Frankly, it felt like a summer squandered! Having resolved to do an underwater shoot, Brenda and Itakoaya expressed interest, and so we lined up a date for it. Ita volunteered her pool for the...

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