Back from the Hyper Japan event. My first time there and it was a great event and I would definitely go again for either the Christmas event in November or the next year summer. Will be sorting out the photos asap!

For those I took photos of and given my business cards. I normally upload them onto my Facebook page first, it’s a lot easier for me to do my photography work. I’m not quite happy with my current website and I’m looking to change it some time in the future! You can find a direct link to my Facebook page on the ‘Link’ page above and just click on the Facebook icon.

Photos from the Ayacon 2013 event is now up on my Facebook Page. Not uploaded all of them yet as I am editing them bit by bit!
You can view the photos by clicking on the link below!

Click Here~!

I will be adding some photos here on my website. I know I haven’t been on much on any of my photography accounts other than my FB Page
but once I have finished all the Ayacon photos, I will be focusing on updating all my photography accounts!

Well the last Ayacon came and gone. Beautiful and yet, sad. But it was an amazing event! And encase any of you didn’t know. Ayacon held their last event last weekend and this is my 2nd time attending the event and my first time there was in 2011 but I first of Aya back in 2009 but I only discovered their existence two days before it started so there was no chance of going back then.

The photo shoot went well. Had some up and downs but it couldn’t be helped and I fully understand if it couldn’t be avoided. My flash stand fell many time due to the wind blowing it down. Luckily the flashgun survived! :D

Currently going through the photos but I will be selecting and editing them tomorrow!  I have about over 3,300 photos which comes to about 30GB worth to pile through within a week or two. And yes, this is gonna kill me. SLOWLY. As always, I will be uploading the photos on my Facebook page first and then else where! I know I haven’t be on my website or on my dA account either but I’m planning to update on all of my photography accounts which is really overdue!

My next event I’m planning to attend is Play Expo in Manchester on Oct 12th-13th and MCM London Comic Con on October 2th-27th!

ok, most of you guys are probably aware of the issue that’s going around regarding MCM Expo warning photographers of ‘paid photo shoot’ activity. Yeah it kinda sucks but I’m not gonna argue about it. And tbh, I thought it was ok as long as it’s outside and the being a Dealer is only for inside the main halls. And yes, I have read their T&Cs again. The rules are there, they didn’t just make it up all of a sudden.

Do I think this is a threat or a scare tactic to photographers? That’s up to you to decide but in my opinion. No, I don’t think so. I’ve had far worst than that. Yes, they ‘may’ have my name but they should already know me any ways since I was a Dealer at the Midland Expo.

But I don’t want to get into bad terms with MCM as I mention before, I used to be a Dealer from past Expo and I know quite a few staffs there and they are brilliant guys and gals! (And I maybe planning to be a Dealer again in the near future!) So I’m gonna play this by the book!

So what does this mean? Is the photo shoot cancelled? No, I’m not gonna cancel the shoots. I’ve planned hard for this and I’m not gonna waste this and let people down! So all my photo shoots slots will be FREE! All the rules and details are still the same and still upto 1 hour per session. There are 5 slots left!! If you are interested just click on the link which goes to my dA page http://fav.me/d5fz9s0 if you have a dA account, leave a comment there of which slot you want but if you don’t have one then just message me on my FB page! (I will update details on my dA a.s.a.p!)

About a month ago, I did a photo shoot with my friend who asked me to take some photos of her looking like a doll for a competition. A doll from Koitsukihime to be precise! If you don’t know anything about Koitsukihime dolls then just do a google search of it. Though I’m not into dolls, some of them look quite amazing. Unfortunetly she did not win the competition but we still had a great time. The photos are in my ‘Photo Shoots’ Galleries or just click on the image below for a direct link!

 

I’ve been inactive with my photography work lately. This is mainly due to problems and busy moments in my life. I won’t go into much details about it but at the moment it’s going great now and no more worries! And I am aiming to do something at least once or twice a month on my website, Facebook page and my dA account!

My next event will be at the MCM London Comic Con Expo in October 26th – 28th! And like the last Expo, I will be doing a photo shoot booking! For more details about it, just click the link which goes to my dA account! > to my dA Journal! <

Hey sorry for lack of updates again! Been a hectic month lately and I just lost track of things.

So last weekend (18th-19th August) was the first Brony UK Con which was held at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, UK. The venue itself was really nice and it’s not far from the City Centre and overall from my point of view, the event itself was a success and I can see it coming back again next year. The amazing part of the convention probably has to be the Charity Auction. The amount of people going crazy bidding during the auction was mind blowing! They managed to raise £2029.01 in total! And all 100% of it will be going to their selected charity.

And as for the photos, the studio shoot and I also took some photos outside of my studio. I will be going through those soon and if you head to my Facebook Page, that’s where I will be uploading the photos first and then onto my website and my Flickr page!

For those I took photos of and you wish to purchase more prints or any thing else (soon as they are uploaded). You can do so by clicking or just hover your mouse over the ‘Services & Prices’ and it’s on the ‘Event Price List’. There you can see what I can offer that you can’t get during the event and a list of the prices! I do not have a proper ‘shopping cart’ available yet on my website as the one I tried to use didn’t work the way I wanted it to. So instead, send me a e-mail to: akraru.photography@yahoo.co.uk with details of which event, name of the image (all images has a unique indiviual name and number), what do you want and how many etc.

Well that’s another convention done for the weekend! It has been quite an adventure. To start off, I only had around 2 hour sleep. Went to bed around 1:20am and set my alarm to wake me up at 3:40am. Normally I would sleep a lot earlier to get ready but I didn’t get back from work till 11:30pm and I had to finish charging my last set of batteries. Had to pack all my stuff without making too much noise and then pick up my assistant, Kairi Mori.

We setted off to Lincoln from Wrexham after 5:00am but wasted over half an hour TRYING to leave Wrexham because the SatNav hasn’t been updated and there are some new roads which the SatNav doesn’t recognize. I had no idea where we were but we ended up driving through a lot of country roads and narrow roads. Went we got out of that the SatNav seemed like it was gonna take us the right looking way but only ended up going to a road which has been closed and the SatNav kept insisting to drive through the closed road. In the end I gave up listening to it and decided to head towards Chester and drive on the M56 instead. THAT was the route I thought the SatNav would take me, but it didn’t. In total, nearly an hour has been wasted.

Things was going smoothly but the M62 had a 50mph zone since there are some road works going on which I had no idea how long it went on for, that delayed our trip by about 10 minutes. While driving on the A1 Southbound (Ithink), we saw a Little Chef on the oppositie side BUT it was one of new update versions done by Heston Blumenthal! We both decided that we eat there on the way home!

I was hoping to get there around 8:00am but we eventually got there around 8:25am. Not bad timing after all that delays and detours I took. Had to check to make sure if we was at the right Church by checking their website on my mobile phone but looking inside and seeing some cosplayer around pretty much confirms that we’re at the right place. So after quick instructions from the organizers, we brought our stuff inside and setted up the studio. I drank one of those ‘power energy’ drink shots when I woke up and while I was moving some stuff around I started to feel abit slow and tired. The shot effects started to wear off but I was surprised that it did lasted around 5 hours as it said on the discription!

So after setting up the studio, I setted up the camera, laptop and printer but I had some technical issues. First I couldn’t print from Lightroom, I can send it to print but the printer doesn’t print the photo even though it has received the printing job. I was hoping to use LR since I can tether shoot (the ability to take photos and get it sent to your computer straight instantly instead of the normal way like the cardreader etc) and you can print from LR too. If you don’t understand that, just type in ‘Lightroom tethering and print’ on YouTube. Instead I had to use a tethering software and use Photoshop to print photos. To me, that’s the long way of doing the job.

After all that fixing the issues and doing some test shots. I was ready to open! But apologies for the delay..! Normally my style of studio shoot is ‘high-key’ photos (that’s having the background blown bright white/light) but due to the space needed and the time wasted in trial and error. I’ve decided to go for a 2 light setup, 1 flash light at the back to give out a nice high-lights behind the models and 1 flash light with a shoot through umbrella to light the model at the front. The results is amazing! But I wish I had a grey or black backdrop instead of white.

I’ll be going through the photos again and I will upload the photos on my website, Flickr and Facebook page a.s.a.p!

Thank you all for coming to get your photos taken. Next stop is the MCM Manchester Comic Con Expo!

Well that’s the MCM London Expo done now. Had one fun and amazing weekend and it was scorching hot too! The weather was perfect for photo shoots, well it was a bit too sunny but still had a fun though. It’s been nearly a month since I last did something on my website. Just been really busy getting ready for the London Expo and future photo shoot. I’ll announce about those future event soon!

I’ll be adding the Kitacon photos on my website soon. Tried to upload them last month but it wasn’t working properly but I think I know what the problem is, so I’ll be giving it another shot in a bit. You can see those Kitacon and MCM London Expo photos on my Facebook page and on my Flickr page too! You can get direct links to them both under the ‘links’ page button above!

I’ll probably will do a full blog about the MCM London Expo soon. I’ve still got the MCM London Expo masquerade to do, so I’ll start soon as that done!

There’s just over 2 weeks left till the MCM London Expo! Hope you’re all ready and excited!

I will be offering my services again for this London Expo BUT I will not be doing a studio shoot and a print service like I did at the Midland Expo.

Instead I will be doing a time slot booking on Saturday and Sunday and if you book one of the slots, I will spend up to 1 hour with you or your group doing location shoots around the ExCel Center! All for £5.00 per slot!

And after the shoot, I can show you all the photos taken and from there you can select which photos you want to print. Which I will edit and print after the Expo.

I dunno how many of you have wordpress accounts but to make it easier for you to communicate with me, please go to my Facebook page for more details about the photo shoot. I know most of you will have a Facebook account!

You can find my Facebook page under the ‘Links’ button above. And if you haven’t already, go ‘Like’ my page!

Well Kitacon 4 has come and gone. Wish I could say I had a fantastic time there but sadly it didn’t go well with me. Unfortunetly my photo shoot studio didn’t go well. I got delayed on setting up for Friday because the technicians haven’t finished setting up the P.A. systems in the panel rooms and my room for Friday night wasn’t finished until 15 minutes after the Open Ceremony. And it takes me around an hour to set up which was already past 9:00pm (I think) and had to take it all down nearly an hour later. And I had to do the same on Saturday and Sunday. Set up my studio and then take it down after 10:00pm. And since my studio time slot was in the evening, I missed the Masquerade, Kitacon Got Talent and the Closing Ceremony, which I was really gutted missing them all. I would say better luck next time but sadly there won’t be another Kitacon next year as they will be taking a break. But I look forward to whatever or whoever Con that will be taking over their month in 2013!

I am currently getting all the photos off my laptop and I will be starting editing them soon as they are ready. I will make another update and mention it on the Kitacon forums when they are done!