Just got back home from London couple of hours ago and WHAT a weekend that was! Had a fantastic time there meeting friends, making new ones, being at the event and taking photos! Just transfering all the photos from my laptop and onto my main computer. No idea what the total count of how many photos I’ve taken but it is A LOT! I will probably do a small update on this post later with the grand total number of shots.

As this is just a quick small blog. I will write up a full version after I’ve finished selecting and editing photos! Which maybe a while but please bear with me, I will get them done a.s.a.p!

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!

On 30th June I will be setting up a studio shoot at the brand new convention Lucky Con held in Lincoln!

I will be there offering my usual service by taking excellent photos of you and/or your friends and you will also have the option to buy prints after your shoot! Printing is done very quickly and there’s no need to wait another day as it’s all done on the spot!

Prices are:

£5.00 per photo session for up to 5 people

£10.00 per photo session for 6 – 10 people

Print Prices:

{Special Prices at the event only}

8″ x 6″ print including strut mount – £6.00 per photo or £15.00 for three photos

(after the event it’s £7.00 per photo or £18.00 for three photos)

Raffle Prices:

Bronze Prize – 50p per ticket or £2.00 for 5 tickets

Silver Prize – 80p per ticket or £3.00 for 5 tickets

Gold Prize – £1.00 per ticket or £4.00 for 5 tickets

For the prizes, click the images below to see what you could win! The winner of each catagory will get a FREE print and frame!

Silver Raffle Prize Gold Raffle Prize

See you all there for those who will be attending at the event!

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 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.