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!

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!

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!

Ok I don’t wanna delay this blog report any longer like last time!

So the MCM London Expo has come and gone nearly a month ago now. The awesome weather lasted through the weekend though I think it was a little too hot. Can’t image how the people felt that were wearing cosplay costumes that’s not suitable for roasting sunny day like fur suits, leather etc.

So I left for London on Friday. Almost had a bad start to the journey as I nearly missed my bus, luckily the bus driver checked his side mirror before taking off but soon as I sat down I realised that I forgot to bring my lunch! So I had to buy some lunch again at the City centre. I got the coach to London this time as I couldn’t afford the train tickets and I don’t have a Young Person Rail Card anymore. The tickets cost £75-147 and that’s an off-peak ticket I’ve found over 3 months in advance! While the coach cost me £18 (the maths isn’t that hard to decide which one to go for). So yeah it will take me over 5 hours to get there but I’m not spending that much to get to London!

At the Victoria Coach Station there’s a guy offering ‘luggage carrying’ service to Victoria Train Station for £5. It was my first time there and I wasn’t sure how to get there, even if it’s really close. Plus my luggage is really heavy and I’m carrying my heavy camera bag on my back. So I took the offer. Didn’t take long to get there. Went downstairs to the Underground and soon I was downstairs, someone dropped a £2 coin. I picked it up and about to return it to the guy that dropped it, he was long gone! Saw couple of elderly people who saw it as well and I asked them if they wanted it. They said no, so I kept the £2 coin!

I made a mistake of choosing to go to Tower Hill as I completely forgotten that there’s no lifts or escalators in that station. Meaning I had to lift my heavy luggage up the stairs! Note, I haven’t been to the gym for over 3 months! So I was way out of shape! But the good thing about going to Tower Hill is that I saw two of my friends waiting outside and funny enough, our coaches drove past each other AND stopped at the same service station BUT we never saw each other! They were waiting for our other friend to meet up, so I waited with them. Waited nearly an hour for him. Not impress since my hotel room mate was waiting for me. Soon as he arrived we made our way to the Expo!

I stayed at the Ramada Hotel which is next door to the Premier Inn Hotel. Really nice hotel and if you’re lucky you’ll get a view of the Dockland water. It’s my first time staying there and I was pretty impress! I didn’t realize I got a ‘disabled’ room until I checked the bathroom. I’ve had disabled rooms at the Premier Inn and Ibis Hotel. Though those two hotels have the smallest disable room compared to the Ramada Hotel. So the first thing I did soon as I walked into my hotel room? Dumped my stuff and hit the shower!

So after a nice shower, charging my phone, getting my camera gear sorted and getting my body hydrated, I made my way to the ExCel Centre! I wasn’t doing a studio shoot and I had nothing planned for Friday so it was nice to chill and not be too serious on taking photos. And hanging around with my friends for once at an Expo/Convention! I’ve been doing my studio work at the Expo and Cons. Only time I see them is when I close up but by then it only last maybe a few hours or so and I’m completely shattered!

Met up some of the gang inside and eventually the rest turned up. We split up again, some went to get changed and some of us went outside to do a photo shoot. We managed to get some good shots outside the ExCel Centre as there was a swimming event on the Saturday. They were setting up on Friday and they used up all the nice spot areas. That’s the grassy area, the trees and the railings by the docks. Apparently you’re not allowed in that area if you’re not part of the event and you will be escorted off the area. I dunno if that was true but that’s what I’ve heard. I didn’t do much on the Friday, just basically relaxing, chilling with friends and checking the area out.

Saturday started off well and the weather was scorching hot too, worn my summer clothing for the first time this year. Had 4 photo shoots that day all went well, had some minor problems and delays but nothing serious. But it was hard to find good location since part of the area is being used by another event and I had the problem with the very harsh sun light which I completely forgot to bring my reflector with me! But you gotta make do with what you got. I missed out on the Saturday masquerade has all the fatigue and tiredness kicked in 15 minutes before it started. Camera bag was too heavy which I will lighten the load next time since there were quite a lot of things I didn’t use and I didn’t wear proper shoes to support my feet.

Sunday was pretty much the same as Saturday. Nice hot sunny day, I remembered to bring my reflector, worn my gym trainers since it more better to walk around with and lighten the bag but still too heavy and didn’t use the other equipment! Photo shoots went well and the swimming event was over. So I finally got to use that area again. And I managed to go to the masquerade this time! End of the day I check all the photos out to see how it looks on a bigger screen. And I had those moments where I wish I could have done more by doing this and that etc. It’s been a while since I did a photo shoot like this. I do enjoy my studio work but I love the creativity of location shoots! After dropping my stuff back in my hotel room. Went to meet up with the others for a meal at the Foxx but had some little delay. By the time we got there they already ate so me and friend Emi went to order some food only to be told that they aren’t serving food any more. Their menu says from ‘5pm till late’ and this was around 9:30pm. Was really disappoint as I really like their chicken burgers. So we ended up going to the Indian restaurant next door. The buffet food was nice. And to end the day on a high, we saw one of our friends in the back of a police car. First reaction was ‘shocked’ and wondered what did he do but he hasn’t done anything wrong. He was just helping this kid to look for his brother (I think).

Monday went alright. Got enough sleep even though I went back to my hotel room after 2:00am! Went for breakfast downstairs to see what the food was like. The room was really empty, only 5 people including myself was there eating breakfast. The food was ok though. After packing my stuff and checking out, my coach home sets off after 5pm so I had around 6 hours to kill time. So I caught up with some of my other friends and just chilled with them outside. Made new friends and they helped me out getting to Victoria Station WITHOUT going to Tower Hill Station. This route they took me had lifts and escalators so that made my life so much easier! So many thanks to them! I kinda got lost trying to get to the station, I took the wrong turning but I got there eventually. Got back home fine but if I get the coach to London again, I’ll get the earlier coach home!

Ok sorry it took this long to get the photos from Kitacon IV on my website. One thing lead to another and got it delayed. And just when I tried to upload them a while back, it didn’t work and I’ve spent hours trying to figure it out and I just gave up! But I’ve found out that I could only upload a certain amount of photos onto a album! So that was done and I’ve uploaded the rest of the photos.

Now that’s done I’ll be writing up a full blog about the MCM London Expo May 2012!

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!

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!