Event date: November 6, 2016.
So this year's Fall Dapper Day came and went in a blur. It was Daylight Savings Day in California, so our sunsets happen around 4:30 p.m. making even less time for photos.
The day started off with a surprisingly fast ride from the San Fernando Valley to Anaheim. Ended up getting to the parking lot around 9 a.m. and into the actual park around 9:30. I invited my two amazing friends Ali and Kelly to be the extra passes I got from another amazing friend Diane.
From there, there was so much fun and entertainment that I didn't want to stop exploring.
I love these events more than regular conventions, because you literally don't know who'd you run into, no matter how hard you try to organize. I've met so many people and made even more new friends and even got to help take surprise engagement photos.
Some of the shots taken also got published onto Time Out LA — but only a few.
Obviously I keep the good stuff here. So enjoy!
Event Dates: July 21 through 24, 2016
The biggest party of the summer, San Diego Comic-Con crashed into my life again this year, after last year's fiasco. Luckily this year, I was able to acquire a badge and have the entire time shooting to my heart's content.
I did an overview and a Q&A for Myspace as well. Once I finished those tasks, I got to really soak in the atmosphere (I didn't breathe too deeply because of human funk), and immerse myself in this event that I haven't been able to really participate in for a number of years.
It was extremely organized from the last time I participated and it didn't seem as horrendously crowded as I remember. Still it took some time to go from one side of the site to the other, but all in all it was a very tolerable experience.
What made it really great though was hanging out with cosplay friends. I mixed a lot of groups up that weekend, and I wouldn't have asked for anything else to change... except maybe drop the temperature to a nice 72° instead of whatever the fuck it was.
Cosplay Gallery: L.A. Cosplay Shootout #02 & Nerdbot Media Anniversary BBQ. Griffith Park. Los Angeles, California.
Event Date: July 17, 2016
A couple months back I organized a cosplay meetup and it was a rounding success. People messaged me constantly asking when the next one would be so I decided "THERE SHOULD BE MORE!"
A few days after setting up the second meetup a representative from Nerdbot reached out asking if they could join up and celebrate their anniversary as well. I couldn't resist the chance at having sponsorship, so obviously I accepted.
This allowed me to go out and take some photos of my own. All in all, I'm so happy with the success of this event. It even got L.A. Weekly coverage!
Now I'm even more excited for the third one I'm planning.
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.
Cosplay/Event Gallery: Dapper Day 2016. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Anaheim, California.
Shoot date: May 1, 2016
I had a lot of friends planning to head out to Dapper Day at Disneyland this past weekend, and for a while I was up in the air about going, leaning on the side of not going. That is until my editor at Myspace hit me up, reminding me that I haven't done any projects for them in a while. I suggested Dapper Day and she was all for it. You can see the article here.
On a side-note. I haven't been to Disneyland since my overnight senior trip 15 years ago. And I haven't been to Disneyland DURING THE DAY even longer than that, Luckily I had my friends Rian Synnth and Law from Earth's Mightiest Zeroes act as my guides and gave me a fun touring experience for the first half of the day. I spend a lot of the day treating it like a convention. Hanging with friends, taking photos, and generally being silly. We wandered around a lot and had fun overall. By the time the meetup started, Jon York basically took control of the entire event in the Disney California Adventure side of the park, and he crushed it as always.
fter the group photos were taken, it was a bit of a free-for-all and with camera in hand, I got to meet up with a ton of people I know from other cosplay events. Maybe I'll come back to Disneyland a few more times within the next 15 years.
Event Gallery: Lightsaber Battle Los Angeles 2015. Pershing Square. Downtown Los Angeles, California
Event Date: December 18, 2015
It's been awhile since I've posted, Sorry if you've been waiting for updates, so let's just get into it.
One of the biggest movies of all time was recently released, obviously Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In its wake, the resurgence of geekdom has arrived and anything that is anything is now associated with the brand, including flash mobs. The night of December 18 brought hordes of people all over the country to battle to the imaginary death as various locations hosted Lightsaber Battles.
The Los Angeles venue was the landmark known as Pershing Square. The epic brawl took place all over the property and some spilled into the Ice Rink that has been installed for the winter.
Obviously, I attended and documented for TimeOut.com and while some of my shots have been posted up, not all of them were. Please take a look at the link above and then follow up with the images below!
Event Date: October 30 2015 through November 1, 2015
First off, I'd also like to thank Timeout.com for accepting some of my shots for their web gallery!
Halloween season is probably one of the busiest and more creative times of the year for a photographer.
Everyone loves getting dressed up as their favorite characters from various sources and have random adventures. Add onto it a comic convention to the mix and you have this weekend's Comikaze.
With the West and South Halls teeming with cosplayers and photographers, I strived to be different to stand out just a bit where I basically brought an entire digital-tech station with me as I approached models and asked if they'd like to work with me. It gave a refreshing view being able to present the photos on a screen larger than the back of an DSLR.
Another great kicker was being able to do edits on the spot! Most of the people loved that aspect as it gave them better ideas on what to do for following shots.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to let me test out my new contraption. It gave me a lot of insight on what to do to prepare for my next outing with it!
ON TO THE PHOTOS!