HUGE ASS COSPLAY GALLERY: Anime Expo 2016. Los Angeles Convention Center. Downtown Los Angeles, California.
Event Date: July 1-4.
This is Anime Expo. This thing is gonna be big.
The first few shots were from Day 1. I was hired by Myspace to take some photos of cosplayers, so I decided to wander around the convention floor for once and found some people to shoot.
Beyond that I ended up taking photos in a makeshift studio in one of the tunnels outside the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Overall it was an amazing turnout. There was only one MAJOR clusterfuck that will make me lose trust in people, but luckily the community there helped bring back that trust in some ways.
Below the cut are 1306 images from this Fourth of July weekend.
Some images were taken by Carolyn Arredondo while I went to the bathroom or looked for more people to shoot, but for the life of me I couldn't separate them.
Good luck, traveler.
Shoot Date: January 29-31, 2016
I've shot a good number of cosplay events this past year.
Usually it revolves around me carrying around a giant flash, or pushing a cart with a giant flash... either way a giant flash was involved.
When I was told about Anime Los Angeles, I was a little apprehensive about attending.
I was burnt out from the past year of shooting and, honestly, I almost felt like skipping the entire event.
Then a few days before the actual event, the thought came to my head of, "What if I set up an actual photobooth/studio to photograph people?"
It's something I've seen done at some conventions, but I've never seen their results. So I figured I give it a shot. I talked to some photographers I know, and discussed how I should approach it. It was new and fresh for me; this was the revitalization I needed. I love doing studio shoots and want to do them as much as I can. So why not combine it with doing on location with cosplay?
I packed my gear up, bought a giant backdrop, and the results of this experiment happened. So far it's very enjoyable. I have some bigger plans for Wondercon though... THAT will be something more... "me."
Shoot Date: January 1, 2016
Back in 2013, I photographed the Treasure Island Music Festival for Myspace. During one of the days, I met Stephanie in the silent disco room partying it up. I took a photo of her and asked for her info to send her a bigger version or let her know whenever it went live. I couldn't remember.
We became friends on the internet and over time we've come to admire each other's work that we did. Unfortunately, I had just moved to Los Angeles after living in the Bay Area for a number of years, and we never really could get our schedules together.
That is until this year.
I had told her I was going to San Francisco to photograph a New Year's Eve party. I didn't hear from her until early New Year's day, saying she wanted to make it a point to not miss an opportunity to meet up. I couldn't have agreed more. I got my sleep deprived butt out of my friend's bean bag chair, showered, packed my backpack and headed out to Golden Gate Park. The shoot came at a perfect time, as I was feeling burnt out photographing event after event, with the occasional cosplay shoot. It was a good release of getting my mind off of the chaos that are event and concert photography.
Thanks again, Steph for helping me unwind mentally.
Event Date: November 21, 2015
The cosplay community, far and wide, gathered at the inaugural Cosplay Expo, an event sponsored by the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (the same group that sponsors Anime Expo). With the backdrop of the Japanese Gardens attendees were able to take photographs of their costumes with the beautiful backdrop that was only accessible through permits.
Upon first arriving, I meandered a bit noticing that many cosplayers had their own "personal photographer." I felt a little disheartened until I ran into RianSynnth in her geisha version of the Pokemon Ninetails. We exchanged hugs and I basically hung around her all day taking photos of whomever happened to be around us.
Even though I focused on a small selection of cosplayers, overall, it was an entertaining day, and I can't wait to see how next year's event turns out. In the meanwhile, enjoy these shots of RianSynnth and her friends.
August 19, 2015 - Venice Beach icon, Harry Perry, performing on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, Wednesday, August 19. Perry, 64, has been performing on the boardwalk since 1973, and since then has been involved in a number of court cases protecting the rights of artists as city government attempted to ban public performers from the area.