Event Date: June 29 through July 4, 2017
Anime Expo came and went, and while most people took part in just 4 days or less of the event, I tackled all 6 days, including Day Negative One. Overall it was a fun filled con with amazing visuals from cosplayers and the venue itself. Barring the "line hell" that occurred on Saturday, I had very little complaints about the way everything went.
I kinda burned myself out on the first couple official days, leaving my July 3 and 4 a little slower than the first two, but fun was had.
I had some paid shoots throughout the week, and those will be posted separately as they deserve their own posts in the future. But for now, here are some images I was able to snap during the span of the convention.
Event date: June 25, 2017
After a small hiatus, I decided to bring back the LA Cosplay Shootout events! I couldn't just make it any meetup, so I hooked up with our friends at Nerdbot to bring a good old fashioned BBQ to the meetup. It's the second time they've joined in the fun and here's hoping to many more years. Thanks to them being able to hold down base camp, I was able to shoot a little more than usual at these events. So prepare to look at random photos!
Event date: May 27, 2017
Fanime came and went. For the longest time I questioned my participation of the event. It wasn't until my friend said he had an extra seat in his car that I could squat my fat ass in.
I didn't want to commit the whole weekend, and I was so happy that he just wanted to roll up and down for one day. We made the best of it!
He rolled up to my place around 5 a.m. and we hauled all the asses to Fanime 2017 by 10:30 in the morning. It was a slow start as I was trying to get accustomed to the locations and remembering how to shoot with my bare minimum gear.
Over time I got back in my groove and was able to produce the following!
Event date: May 21, 2017
In the never ending story of "Gil catches up with photo edits," we come to the chapter where he finished editing photos from the Geek On! event at UC Riverside.
It was a fun weekend where we celebrated the birthday of one of our dear cosplay friends. We ended up staying at their home with a lot of people and had our own personal convention with good people. After the first night of laughter and goofing off, we ended up going over to the event. I personally took it easy and laid back only taking a few photos.
Hopefully you enjoy them :)
Event date: April 29, 2017
Ended up going to Titan-Con on a bit of a whim. I got there a little late and didn't get to do too much with a bunch of people so there's only a small selection of shots tossed up here.
Cosplay Gallery: Cosplay Meetup #2 Presented by the Cosplay Photographer Alliance. Heritage Park. Cerritos, California.
Event date: February 12, 2017
It was a great shootout. Fun times were had by all and so many friends came out and played.
The Cosplay Photographer Alliance really blew this event out of the water. We swarmed and overran the park to the point where they asked us to no longer come back because of the size of the event.
People from all over Southern California came by and had a great time.
Here are my highlights!
Event dates: February 18-19, 2017
Last year I had to miss this convention because I was overseas celebrating my father's 60th birthday. This year I got to come out and celebrate my 34th birthday at this wonderful small con.
Long Beach Comic Expo is the sister convention to Long Beach Comic Con. It confused me as well at first but there's more to an event than just the name.
Originally I planned to set up some sort of tethered photo booth, but with a lack of electricity, I decided to wander around and shoot. Something that, until ALA, I haven't done in a while.
So I packed up my cart with a light and my backpack and pushed along the convention, shooting everything and everything.
I also had the honor of shooting the Le Geek, So Chic fashion show on my actual birthday. It was a great experience making new connections through there and to see some of my friends own the stage.
Overall the convention was highly enjoyable and something that I'd definitely make arrangements to go again.
I'm already excited for Wondercon.
Enjoy the photos.
Event date: February 5, 2017
The meetup originally set up for January, had to be pushed to February because of rain :(
But on the plus side, I got to hang out with some really cool people and made even better friends with cosplayers who made it out from far away. Half way through I ended up going to another engagement that afternoon, but I came back for more hangouts.
Words aren't my friend at the moment, so I'm just gonna post photos.
Event date: January 27-29, 2017
This con was the one year anniversary to when I started doing studio-styled photographs at conventions. So, obviously I decided to do something special.
I've never actually stayed at a hotel for a real convention, so I figured I try it out this year. I ended up staying with a few friends at a nearby hotel so I could prepare for this weekend.
I decided to bring in the full studio experience again. Unfortunately, the space I used last year was being taken by construction work, so I made due with what was around me.
On day 1, I utilized the white backdrops already provided to block the view of construction .It wasn't too bad, but the sunlight through the windows proved to be more of a nuisance than usual. I spent most of the day in that location, and my night shooting an "Archer" meetup featuring some friends of mine as characters from the show.
Day 2 gave me an opportunity to set up my studio in a nice visible walkway area, only taking a break to shoot some friends dressed up as Suicide Squad inspired Gotham Sirens. There were some moments of available light messing up my images, but only so much could have been done around that. Overall I was happy with the studio shots that were produced.
The third day brought a new life back to my con experiences. I've almost forgotten the joy of shooting cosplays on location. I got to run around grab people, pose them with the surroundings. It was just an amazing feeling I almost forgot about. It definitely does make me conflicted in terms of shooting studio styles or editorials during conventions. Maybe I could try to figure how to pull this off for the next convention in Long Beach.
Anyway, here's Wonderwall.