Hey everyone! Just got back from the MCM Midland Comic Con. Had a great weekend there minus the really bad weather. It was a nightmare getting to Telford! Thank you for all coming by to my studio to get your photos taking, buying prints and even to those having a look around! I’m gonna start working on the photos tomorrow (Monday 17th) and aim to get them done within a week (depending how much work needs doing).

My website really needs a updating and I’m hoping to get this all sorted out soon! I’ve mainly been active on my Facebook page where it is a lot easier for me to upload photo, making updates and announcements etc. My Facebook page is www.facebook.com/AkraruPhotography

I do not have a ‘shopping’ page ready but if you wish to buy prints or other items ie keyrings etc. This will be available soon as the photo is uploaded. Items and prices can be found on ‘After Event Prices’ under the ‘Service and Price’ page.

Sorry for the big delays. As I’ve already mention about it in my last post! I’ve done the first half(ish) of the Sunday’s Photo shoot batch. I’ve already uploaded them onto my Facebook page. I’ll be working on the half a.s.a.p! If you click on the image below, that will take you directly to the album!

Hey guys! Hope you all had a great Easter Monday! So just few more days left till Kitacon~!! This will probably be my last update for Kitacon now.

As I mention in my last post I was gonna announce about how I am gonna do the time-table for the outdoor/on-location shoots. Well here it is!

This will be a ‘first come, first serve’ time slot. The shoots are up to 1 hour. This gives us enough time to meet up, have a lil chat about yourself or your group and the costume etc. The shoot can end earlier if you want to or if I got plenty of shots etc. If you wish to purchase photos it will be done after the shoot. I will try print them on the same day. If not, A.S.A.P! Payments will be taken after your shoot. Please have the correct amount of money as I will be carrying short amount of change on me.

Friday

No official time here since most of the afternoon everyone will be queuing up to get their Con badges. And I have no idea when I will get mine too. So I won’t be doing any shoots until I get my Con badge. You can give me a call or text to find out if I am available my mobile number is on the contact page. I can tell you that I won’t be doing any shoots after 4:30pm as I will be getting myself ready for the Opening Ceremony. But my studio will be open around 1 hour after the ceremony is finished!

Saturday

11:00am:

1:00pm:

2:00pm

3:00pm

Sunday

11:00am:

1:00pm:

2:00pm

3:00pm

To book a slot you can either comment here on the website, Facebook or via e-mail. Just say which day and which time you want. I will update this much as I can to show what slots are available.

This is the price list for Kitacon.

Studio fee: £5.00 for up to 5 people / £10.00 for up to 10 people.

8″ x 10″ Prints: £10.00 per print or £25.00 for 3 prints.

6″ x 4″ Prints: £4.00 per print. These are limited so once it’s gone, it’s gone!

Method of payment is cash only. Couldn’t get the card payment device in time sadly. But if you have a smart phone like iPhone or Android phones etc. You can download the PayPal app and pay via PayPal! The app is free too! I’ve used it quite a few times and it works well when I’m not in front of my computer!

Just ONE WEEK left till Kitacon IV!!! Who’s going? Who’s excited?
As most of you know, Kitacon announced their timetable for the event. http://www.kitacon.org/timetable/index.html

It took me a bit to find myself on the timetable lol. So I’ll type it here. On Friday, I will be at the Cambridge room at 6:30pm about an hour after the opening ceremony.

Saturday at 7:00pm at the Adren room. And on Sunday it’s same again, 7:00pm at the Adren room. Remember, I’m only open for few hours.

Btw, I have no idea where these room are as I’ve only been to Kitacon once (last year) and I had a hard time looking for the rooms. But I will check it out where it is, you can call or text me for directions OR you can ask the hotel staff where the rooms are.

It will be the same like Midland Expo if anyone went and got photos taken by me. (I will be more organized this time!) But for those who haven’t. it will be a simple photo shoot, after the shoot is done you can see all the photos after the event and you can buy prints after if you wish. Prints will be done on the spot and it takes less than a minute to print. So there is no long waiting for your photos!

I will be taking on photo shoots during the afternoon. I will make another announcement about it with the plan and timetable etc.

I was meant to blog this earlier but completely forgot about it.

As the title says, I have good news and bad news.

The bad news is that I will not be attending the MCM Birmingham Expo now. I just couldn’t prepare for it in time so instead of rushing and panicking I’ve decided to cancel it off my event list this year but I will try to attend to it next year!

 The good news is that I will most definitely be attending the Kitacon IV event in Birmingham! And it is safe to say that I will be doing a photography studio shoot again but only in the evening. Opening hours hasn’t been confirmed yet and it will be open only for few hours and it will be a first come first served service. The days of the studio shoot is Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I will try get the opening hours a.s.a.p!

Prices will be the same as last time at the MCM Midland Comic Con. Studio fee is £5.00 per session of up to 5 people, £10.00 for 6 to 10 people. 8″ x 6″ photo prints are £10.00 each or £25.00 for three photos. I will be hoping to add more gifts/prints you can buy. Payment method is cash only at the moment but I am hoping to set up a card terminal device soon so I can take credit/debit card payments.

I will be adding the raffle ticket competition this time BUT if you don’t see it on display any where in the room because I forgot etc. Point it out to me and the first person that spots it, you can get 2x free raffle tickets of your selection!! The raffle ticket prices are: Small prize – 50p per ticket or £2.00 for 5x tickets. Medium Prize – £1.00 per ticket or £4.00 for 5x tickets. Large prize – £1.50 per ticket or £6.00 for 5x tickets.

Since the studio shoot will be in the evening. I will be doing some indoor/outdoor location shoot in the afternoon. Inside the hotel has some great places to shoot and outside the hotel has some lovely greenery location! I will be deciding soon if I will be doing a ‘first come first serve’ basics or arrange a ‘booking time slot’. I can confirm that this ‘on-location’ photo shoot will start at least around after 11:15am!

I’ve added a new page under the Galleries page called Photo Shoots.

This new page will contain all non studio works and the photos are taken from various places like conventions, Expos and on-location shoots etc.

The page has more details about it so go check it out!

I will be adding more photos to the page as I go along.

Also I have selected a new theme for the website. It does have a similar layout to the previous theme but I like to keep things nice and simple!

Ok I’ve finally got the new watermark ready and I’m currently going through ALL the photos that will be going on my website and Facebook page! It’s gonna be a lengthly process but I will get it done! I’ve done and uploaded the MCM Midland Comic Con 2012 photos. It’s all the same, just with a new watermark!

I will be updating some new prices again for the store page. Found new suppliers and I will be going to Focus On Imaging in Birmingham tomorrow. So I will probably also find new suppliers there too! For those who don’t know what Focus On Imaging is, it’s one of the largest photography event in Europe, held every once a year normally on the first week of March. This will be my 3rd time going!

May give the website a major or minor change soon, depending what’s there to offer! It’s been over a year when I first created the website and just over half a year when I finally started working on it!

Hoping to add a ‘Store’ page to making shopping easier instead of e-mailing me your orders.

And also in future I planning to accept card payments at events! This will save you the time and hassle of going to a cash machine when there’s a huge queue or when there is no cash left inside the cash machine! I’ve seen it happen and I know how it feels when you can’t get money out because of those two issues.

So those two are still in the works but hoping to get them done and sorted soon!

I’ve updated some of the prices in the Prints & Gifts page. And I have added a slide show at the bottom of that page to show samples of what the CD wallet and CD printed album looks like. For the printed CDs, I will send you a sample copy before I make the actual printed CD.

With the raffle prizes that I was meant to do at the Expo. I will be doing the raffle again at the next event. Doing the raffle online is proving difficult so I decided to scrap the online raffle idea. So I will be selling the prizes that I got now.

The small prize is selling for £10.00

The medium prize is selling for £15.00

The large prize is selling for £30.00

The prices include the prints and it’s free delivery! They will be Recorded delivery so they will need to be signed for when it arrives. I’ve only got one of each so once it’s gone, it’s gone! I can get more of these or similar on request if you are interested.

I’ve updated the list of events that I am planning to attend for 2012. These are the ones I know and been planning to attend to for quite a while. I may add more in future and there are probably some I never heard of. If there is an event that you wish for me to attend, let me know or get the event organizers to get in touch with me.

There are some marked down as *Confirmed* and *Unconfirmed*. The ‘confirmed’ means that I will be attending that event and the ‘unconfirmed’ means that I have not 100% decided to go yet or I am still arranging the booking space with the event organizers. Those will be updated when it gets closer to the dates of the events.