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FYI, my birthday is June 30th! :cake: Getting presents from you guys on my birthday would be very appreciated! However, I can still accept presents at any time of the year.

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Last update 2014-08-20

:bulletblue: Photo Gear

Camera bodies:
- A pair of different-generation/level Canon dSLR bodies that share the same battery type, eg. T2i & T4i, T3i & T5i, etc. The goal is to be able to swap batteries blindly or in the dark without worrying about inserting the wrong battery type into any body. I'm currently using the T1i & XS pair sharing 4 LP-E5 batteries. | ~$750-$1,050 CAD

- A Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX APO DC HSM for Canon telephoto constant-aperture zoom lens, to augment my reach | ~$700-$1,100 CAD
- A Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM standard constant-aperture zoom lens, to replace my Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC | ~$975-$1,150 CAD
- A Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 DX for Canon wideangle constant-aperture zoom lens, for group & scenic shots | ~$450-$1,000 CAD
- A Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX HSM DG for Canon standard prime lens, to replace my Canon 50mm f/1.8 II | ~$450-$675 CAD

Camera accessories:
- An extra neoprene camera & lens pouch, for my Canon Rebel T1i & Canon 50mm f/1.8 combo :thumbsup:
- A hand strap for my Canon Rebel XS :thumbsup:
- A plastic (not metal!) anime keychain, to attach it to my Canon Rebel XS's hand strap
- A black large heavy-duty tripod, to replace a lightstand in some situations | ~$75-$100 CAD

- An extra speedlite with a small head (430EX-size); optical sync mode (S1/S2) optional :thumbsup:

Light modifiers:
- A golden reflective umbrella, to produce warm light with my monolight strobe
- A collapsible white shoot-through umbrella, one which can fit inside a backpack :thumbsup:
- A black compact collapsible lightstand, one which can fit inside a regular large suitcase | ~$35 CAD
- A reflector holder-arm, to mount on lightstands

Flash accessories:
- A PT-04 wireless flash trigger transmitter, so that each of my camera bodies would have a transmitter :thumbsup:
- An extra pack of gels for my Yongnuo YN467 speedlite :thumbsup:

:bulletblue: Non-photo gear

- A new black cat hat or set of cat ears
- A black cat tail
- A black cat kigurumi | ~$## CAD

Figurines & plushies:
- A life-size Kyubey plushie :iconlupy-1: :thumbsup:

Body gear:
- Black knee pads, to replace my painted woodland ones, which the paint is always chipping off :thumbsup:
- A black thigh pistol holster, for toy guns :thumbsup:
- A black wargame (airsoft) bulletproof vest, to make me look bulkier! | ~$50-$90 CAD
- A navy & white "P.R.E.S.S." back patch, to put on the back of the bulletproof vest, just like war photographers :thumbsup:


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Cosplay Photographers I Met o/

Meeting other Cosplay Photographers (Cosphotographers, Cosplay Photogs, Costographers, Cos Photogs, Kamekos, etc) is fun! Here are some of those I met along the years:

Last update 2014-04-17

Photographers Gathering at Otakon 2012 | Photo by thesoulcrash

Photographers Gathering at Katsucon 2013 | Photo by me (10-sec timer)

xinstrumental, Henrickson (me) and elysiagriffin at Katsucon 2013 | Photo by a Katsucon Staff member

Henrickson (me) and Kevin Lillard / A Fan's View at Anime North 2013 | Photo by Peter Wu

Photographers Gathering at Otakon 2013 | Photo by souldrivephotos (with IR remote)

Photographers Gathering at Katsucon 2014 | Photo by me (10-sec timer)

Notable Cosplayers I Shot ^_^

I took photos of notable cosplayers from Canada, the United States, Mexico, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, the Philippines, Australia, Venezuela and other countries. As I've met most likely over 1,000 cosplayers in my life, I'll only list the most notable ones here.

Last update 2014-04-17

LiKovacs, yayacosplay, BlackMageAlodia, Adella, IchigoKitty & Lillyxandra | All photos by me

vickybunnyangel, Mei-Hoshi, Malindachan, VandorWolf, twinfools, KellyJane, tealpirate, MelfinaCosplay (with Mattissimo) & Marie-Claude B. | All photos by me

Starlightslk, Kudrel-Cosplay, the-mirror-melts, CrystalPanda, akuriko, venntus & da-rk | All photos by me

Luvnatsu, AthelCosplay, TwilightSaphir, KakeranoTsuki, BalthierFlare (with Lolipuff), PaXingCai & YunaDaKilla | All photos by me

BlankoCosplay, EveilleCosplay, EminenceRain, Markiemark425, EnchantedCupcake, Yuuri-C, Yuuri-K & rosieru-chan | All photos by me

HatterSisters, burloire, Inabari, UxiCosplay, jusdepomme, Suki-Cosplay & Armurita | All photos by me

xSoulxxxReaperx, Jessica Nigri, FantasyNinja, RebelliousDante, Jesse Lagers, Riddle1 & Its-Raining-Neon | All photos by me

maridah, Nobodyyyyy, Bllacksheep, NadiaSK, Maria-Masquerade, TraumaticCandy | All photos by me

KamuiCosplay, Bonkersjune16, TechnoRanma, Glay, Stealthos-Aurion, restlessnocturne & kaiser-mony | All photos by me

Private Cosplay Photoshoots Policy

Last update 2014-04-28

BEFORE the con:

1. To book a shoot, comment on the posted Journal entry (public) or send me a Note (anonymous). Public bookings will have your (nick)name, character, series, shoot location, etc shown in the Journal. Anonymous ones will have their details only known to me and will be marked "Undisclosed" in the Journal.

2. Maximum of 1 shoot per costume, per day. You cannot book 2+ shoots with the same costume on the same day. However, we can shoot the same costume on different days... We'll just change shoot locations to add variety.

3. Please provide a cellphone number or email address to contact you during the con. For those of you with no cellphones, please provide a number from one of your friends' phones. If you're at the con alone and only have a WiFi-only device such as an iPod Touch or other MP3 player, then we should communicate by email or iMessage, if you have an Apple device.

4. When booking your shoot, please provide as many details as possible. Your name/nickname, size of your group (if you're a group), characters, series/title/theme, meetup point, photoshoot location (if you have one in mind), types of poses, and any other requests such as going far away from the con to a well-known landmark, shooting on a roof, shooting in the snow, shooting under the rain, shooting in a hotel room, etc.

5. Group sizes of over 10 cosplayers will require a helper. While I may have a photo assistant with me to handle large groups, please try to have on hand a helper of your own in case I don't have one. My helpers are busy con-goers and can only help me when they have holes in their schedules. Without a helper, your shoot can drag on as long as 90 mins.

6. My rates are variable and depend on the time of day. Time slots in the early afternoon are the most expensive, followed by slots in the late morning and late afternoon. Slots in the early morning and the whole evening are free. As demand for private shoots is at the highest between late morning and late afternoon, I charge the most during that time; also the convention venue will lack adequate shoot locations since almost everyone's doing shoots at the same time everywhere. I love night shoots, therefore they're free; also the venue should be less crowded in the early morning and at night, so chances of finding good shoot locations are higher.

7. Payments have to be made before the con. You can use PayPal or meet me in person if you're in the Montreal area. I accept cash at $1 USD for $1 CAD (for the time being). If it's not possible for you to pay me before the con, then we'll need to arrange something. I'm open to many options.

8. Friends and regular cosplayers get discounts. If you're someone I know very well in and out of conventions or someone who has booked 3, 4, 5 or more shoots with me in the past, I'm open to give you a discounted rate. Hotel roommates and convention Cosplay Guests of Honor get the highest discounts if they ask to book shoots with me!

9. You can cancel your shoot at any moment until the day & time of your shoot. Please provide a reason of course. Any amounts paid will be refunded.

DURING the con:

10. At the meetup point, wait for me in a spot that's neither too hidden nor too exposed. You don't want to be too hidden or I won't be able to spot you; you don't want to be too exposed or other con-goers will always be asking you for photos, making you pose and tire yourself needlessly before the shoot.

11. If you're late, please contact me the moment you realize you can't arrive at the meetup point on time. I'll do the same if I'm late. Texting is preferred, as I may be in a noisy area. I check my text messages every 10 mins when I expect to receive texts, ie. not during sleeping hours.

12. To rebook a shoot to a later or earlier time slot, please contact me the moment you realize you can't be present for a shoot at the slot you reserved. I'll send you a list of OPEN slots and you'll reply with the slot of your choice. If none of the slots listed are convenient to you, I'll try to cancel attending a panel or event to create new slots.

13. The later you arrive at your shoot, the less photos I'll take and the less shots you'll receive. Between 0 and 15 mins late you'll get the maximum number of good photos from the shoot; between 15 and 30 mins late you'll get 2/3 of the maximum; between 30 and 45 mins late you'll get 1/3 of the max. I can do a mini-shoot in 3 mins but you won't get much variety nor quantity of shots from such a shoot.

14. If you never showed up to a paid shoot, you'll get no refund. To get a refund, you'll need to provide a good reason for your absence and lack of notification. I can understand that con-goers may be injured or become ill during cons and be hospitalized, or pass out in their hotel rooms from heat, lack of sleep or exhaustion. A refund will be issued after you contact me to explain your no-show at a booked paid shoot.

AFTER the con:

15. As soon as I sorted my photos, I'll send you a copy of all the unedited shots. They'll be resized smaller for faster file transfers. This is so that you have a copy of the photoshoot no matter what happens to me or how long I take to edit your shoot. You may choose to edit these preliminary shots on your own, by a friend or wait for me to send you the final versions of the shots. These unedited shots aren't meant to be shown publicly so I ask that you don't upload these shots without editing them first.

16. The final set of photos will be way smaller than the total number of photos from the shoot. I'll only process the best pictures taken during your shoot and show these best shots, because a (cosplay) photographer is "only as good as his worst (cosplay) photo." Don't be surprised if the final collection has only 9 shots, out of 90 photos taken during the 45 mins of the shoot. By being selective, we also keep the high value of the photo set by not uploading a majority of the shots, which would possibly dilute the value and impact of each photo by too much repetition.

17. During the convention high season (April to September), delays in delivery of final shots may be slower due to the high volume of photos I need to process. Most cosplay photographers have backlogs of photos to edit, and these people have to process those shots while trying to have a living of their own. They go to school, go to work, transit to places, have other obligations, etc. They can only process photos during their free times, which on some days of the week might be inexistent. Please bear patience with us! If you want any updates from me, you can either ask me directly or check out my Twitter where I post live progress:

18. Unless requested and paid for, you'll get photos sized 2,400 px on the longest side, in various aspect ratios. This is a good size for uploading to social media and cosplay photo websites. It's also good for small/medium prints. For larger prints, you'll need to pay me extra for the full-size images.

19. The final photos from your shoot will be ZIPped and uploaded to a file-sharing website. The download link will be sent privately to you. If you were in a cosplay group and I know your other group members, I'll include their contacts in the message to download the shots. If not, you can share the download link with them. One thing I won't do is to write multiple email messages and attach the photos to the emails, unless it's a last resort. I have other photo delivery methods as well, including meeting me in person in Montreal and transferring via USB key drive.

20. Please credit me and my/your helper(s), if any, for any online uploads. "Photo by Henrickson" will be sufficient, but you can also add a link to my deviantART too. For prints permissions, please discuss with me.


- Look for other cosplay photographers attending the same con as you, check out their work and book shoots with those whose work you like. Everyone I know who charges high will produce phenomenal results. Do your best to schedule as many shoots as possible with them, they're all worth your money! Big names like RocknamLee, alucardleashed, LiquidCocaine-Photos, Elemental-Sight, solartempest, belziir and Mikacosplay in Canada and LJinto, TheDreamerWorld, Anna-Fischer, SoulFirePhotography, MindFall, xinstrumental and elysiagriffin in the U.S. are all sure bets. Go and book shoots with them now, before all their slots are taken!

- In the event that the preferred cosplay photographers you want to shoot with have no more available slots, look for other cosplay photographers who might be interested in shooting your costumes. Every year, there are many new cosplay photographers entering the private photoshoots scene at conventions around the world. Some of them may have been shooting stuff other than cosplay and are just starting to venture into cosplay, while others are pure cosplay photographers, who will dedicate their entire time at taking cosplay photos. When choosing a new cosplay photographer to work with, it's (almost) always a risk, as they don't have the reputation, respect and recognition of the bigger names. On the other hand, you may see the birth of a new generation of cosplay photographers who might become bigger and better than the currently "ruling" cos photogs at the top of everyone's minds. Everyone needs to start out somewhere, and it's you who will provide the photographic subjects for them to build a sizable portfolio. The best and most-known cosplayers out there won't simply accept to shoot with startup cosplay photographers because they're unsure of what results they'll come up with, and these cosplayers generally have high expectations of their photogs. There are exceptions everywhere (especially when trading money for removal of favoritism).

- If you couldn't manage to book a shoot with any cosplay photographers before the con after spending so much effort at trying to do so, go to the con and ask cosplay photographers around if they have any availabilities. Cosplay photographers get cancellations all the time, so what I suggest is to go ahead and try asking any cosplay photographer if they have some available slots on that day that you're wearing such costume. While the average cancellation rate is about 10%, it may go as high as 50% in some cases (must be very bad luck for those cosplay photographers), so go around and ask them! If they're very impressed by your costume, they'll feel bad to refuse you, and if they don't have any slots, some of them might open new ones outside of their pre-established schedules. I would 100% do that if an exceptionally beautiful cosplayer asked me to do a shoot with her at a con; refusing to do so would be extremely regrettable.


Tentative schedule, subject to change, as always. Nadeshicon is an East Asian Culture Festival and Japanese Anime, Manga & Gaming Convention held at Université Laval in Quebec City, QC, Canada Canada.

Last update 2015-04-16 @ 11:45 pm

6:00 pm - BLOCKED for dinner, badge pick-up
8:00 pm - OPEN
9:00 pm - PANEL: Con-Traveling: 20 conventions par année et plus | Rm. 2326
10:00 pm - PANEL: Con running the why, the how! | Rm. 2300
11:00 pm - PANEL: iDOLMaSTER - 10 years of producing | Rm. 2326
12:00 am - Leave con

It's good to finally see some actual programming on Friday of this convention!

10:00 am - PANEL: L'incroyable Studio Ghibli & Hayao Miyazaki : des films à connaître! | Rm. 2320
11:00 am - PANEL: Q&A Mika Kobayashi | Rm. 2326
12:00 pm - BLOCKED for lunch
1:00 pm - SHOW: Arashi Daiko | Rm. Hydro-Québec
2:30 pm - PANEL: Anime Industry (English) | Rm. 2300
3:00 pm - Concert seating
3:30 pm - SHOW: Spectacle de Mika Kobayashi
4:30 pm - OPEN
5:00 pm - EVENT: Séance d'autographes Mika Kobayashi | Atrium
5:45 pm - Masquerade seating
6:00 pm - SHOW: Mascarade | Rm. Hydro-Québec
8:00 pm - BLOCKED for dinner
9:00 pm - SHOW: Spectacle de Para Para | Rm. Hydro-Québec
9:30 pm - EVENT: Karaoké | Rm. 2326
10:00 pm - SHOW: Nadeshicon Idol | Rm. Hydro-Québec
11:30 pm - EVENT: Soirée Dansante | Le Cercle 4FL
12:00 am - Leave con

Last con event ends at 2 am but my group requires at least 6 hrs of sleep.

10:00 am - PANEL: Démonstration de la cérémonie japonaise du thé | Rm. 2326
11:00 am - PANEL: Cosplay : Online Resources - Ressources en ligne | Rm. 2320
12:00 pm - BLOCKED for lunch
1:00 pm - PANEL: Remise des prix de la mascarade | Le Cercle 4FL
1:45 pm - Concert seating
2:00 pm - SHOW: Orchestre Portable de Jeux Vidéo | Rm. Hydro-Québec
4:00 pm - OPEN
4:45 pm - Fashion show seating
5:00 pm - SHOW: Défilé de mode | Rm. Hydro-Québec
5:30 pm - OPEN
6:00 pm - SHOW: Cérémonie de fermeture | Rm. Hydro-Québec
6:30 pm - PANEL: Commentaires et suggestions | Rm. 2326
7:00 pm - Leave con

We may decide to leave the con earlier and go eat our group dinner with :icondroophotographer: & friends, like last year.

Of course, helpers are welcome any day, any time. See you this weekend in Quebec City!
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Henrickson | Male, Chinese Canadian | Cosplay photographer | Convention travel agent | Montreal, QC, Canada

Henry Wong, AKA Henrickson, is a cosplay photographer from Montreal, Canada. Attending conventions since 2007, organizing cosplay photoshoots and convention trips since 2008 and 2010, he's known among cosplayers in eastern Canada and United States for both his strong commitment to quality in cosplay pictures and the relative simplicity of his photoshoots for cosplayers. Henrickson is a co-founder of the Montreal Cosplay Photoshoots (MCP) group, a Press photojournalist for the convention photos website and a Staff convention photographer for Montreal Comiccon and Nadeshicon. His 3 favorite conventions are Katsucon, Otakuthon and Montreal Comiccon, and is recognized at cons by his heavy on-body photography gear, his Kyubey plushie and his black "cat hat".

For almost a decade, Henrickson (Henry Wong) has attended conventions in eastern Canada and United States with friends and travel groups, and has taken tens of thousands of cosplay photos. From Montreal, Canada, Henrickson has traveled to cons between Quebec City and Toronto, and between Portland and Washington DC.

Henrickson first heard about anime cons in 2002; since 2005 he was asked every year by his friends to attend conventions with them but refused since he couldn't afford convention trips at that time; he learned about cosplay and the people behind these amazing costumes in 2006; and finally attended his first ever anime con, Anime North, in Toronto in May 2007.

Henrickson began both cosplaying and taking cosplay photos in 2007, but shifted gradually towards cosplay photography in 2009. Henrickson's cosplays consists so far of lent and commissioned outfits. While his characters were often randomized (mix & match) or simple (Kyon from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya), he had once in a while a surprise in his hands (RE: Otakuthon 2012)! He's currently open to continue cosplaying and is willing to join any cosplay groups requiring a cosplayer of his height and build; he's willing to commission the group members to make his costume for him while he makes his own props.

As a cosplay photographer, Henrickson started with a borrowed point & shoot camera in 2007. The following year, he bought his own point & shoot and began exploring portrait photography in general. In 2009, Henrickson's friends, also following his footsteps, upgraded their gear to dSLR cameras, and Henrickson borrowed them for a try; he bought his first lens, a Canon 50mm f/1.8, in August. In December, he finally purchased his very first dSLR, a Canon Rebel T1i, which would become his workhorse for the next 2 years; in the same month, he also ordered his first set of lightstands and umbrellas.

Henrickson explored bounce flash and off-camera flash in 2010, buying his first speedlights and wireless flash triggers that year. Combined with his lightstands and umbrellas, he joined the "club" of trend-setting cosplay photographers with mobile photo studios. In the same year, he also booked his first hotel room at Otakuthon, the first time being a true lead of a hotel room (he was a room lead for Anime North but his rooms were booked by his travel group); he traveled to his first ever American anime con, Bakuretsu Con in Colchester, VT. At the end of that year, he was inducted as a photojournalist for the convention photo website, run by the family of famous cosplayer PikminLink.

2011 was an important year for Henrickson as he purchased his 2nd lens, his Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, which would become his all-mission lens up to today, relegating his 50mm f/1.8 for special purposes. 2011 was also the year he attended his next 2 American cons, Anime Boston in Boston, MA and Otakon in Baltimore, MD. From there on he began to make new American friends, both cosplayers and cosplay photographers. 2011 was also the year he trained his friend Gary (Bahamut Night) as a helper (photo assistant), teaching him through practical experience the fundamentals of cosplay photography.

In 2012, Henrickson met Ejen Chuang of Cosplay in America at Anime Boston; this was a very important event as later that year, Ejen became a Guest at Otakuthon after Henrickson introduced him to that con and he applied to be a Guest at it! Also right before Otakuthon, Henrickson purchased his dual-camera harness and a 2nd dSLR body, a Canon Rebel XS, which shared the same battery type as his T1i. He mounted his 50mm f/1.8 on his XS and used that combination for photoshoots and live events. In the meantime, Bahamut Night has branched off and became a full-fledge cosplay photographer of his own, offering private photoshoots at cons while also attending off-con photoshoots hosted by cosplayers in Montreal.

Due to controls and buttons getting worn out on Henrickson's Canon Rebel T1i, he swapped lenses with his XS in 2013 and now uses his 17-50mm f/2.8 on his XS, which is now his main combo; the other T1i and 50mm f/1.8 combo is reserved for special purposes. 2013 was also a year to try out new conventions, and on that year he attended his first Katsucon in National Harbor, MD and first PortConMaine in South Portland, ME. While his main travel companion has always been David (Loki555), starting on that year he traveled extensively with Joey (Joe Carter). Both are his helpers at conventions he attends, whenever they can help him for hall shots and photoshoots. But the most special thing about 2013 is that Henrickson was filmed in not only 1, but 2 cosplay documentaries: In the Name of the Moon at Katsucon and Heroes of Cosplay episode 1.08 at Ottawa Pop Expo.

In 2014, Henrickson attended his very first Costume-Con, in Toronto, where he attended the longest Masquerade he's ever been to, from 7:30 pm to 1:30 am (6 hrs). He also attended his 5th American convention, Genericon in Troy, NY. That year, he purchased his 3rd speedlight flash, after his 2nd one became defective after too many drops. At Otakuthon, Henrickson had the privilege - along with NYC cosplay photographer Anthony (Soul-Drive) - to take the official contestant photos for the Canadian preliminaries of the World Cosplay Summit.

To this day, Henrickson continues to attend anime conventions in Canada and the U.S., and continues to organize trips to those cons. His trips are open to all his friends and anyone in need of a car ride or hotel room. Henrickson's goal is to always find the best balance between lowest costs, practicality and enjoyability in his choice of routes, schedules and lodging venues. The amounts he charges to his travel companions and hotel roommates are always fair and he makes absolutely no profit from the money he collects. The people who wants to go with him to conventions actually makes him decide whether or not he'll attend those cons; if Henrickson can't find anyone to go to a particular con, he won't attend it no matter what. He preaches traveling and rooming as a group to encourage better economy, as he always reminds his peers that "the money you save on admission, transport, lodging and food will translate into higher purchasing power at the Dealers Room and Artists Alley."

Henrickson's future convention trips include ColossalCon in Sandusky, OH; Sakura-Con in Seattle, WA; Fanime in San Jose, CA; Anime Expo in Los Angeles, CA; Japan Expo in Paris, France; Anime Festival Asia in Singapore; and SMASH! in Sydney, Australia. Henrickson wishes for 2 new cons to expand to Canada, gaming convention Penny Arcade Expo Canada (PAX Canada) and anime con Japan Expo Canada (JE Canada); and dreams to be the founder or suggest people to found 2 new cons in his area, the Montreal Costume Festival (MTL CosFest) and Laval Anime Festival (AniFest Laval). Should any of these 4 conventions become reality, Henrickson would apply first-hand to become a Staffer of those cons.
Henrickson's Bio
Official bio for Henrickson (me), to be used in About sections, FAQs and perhaps Guest announcements. :D

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4 Ways of Getting Photoshoots with Cosplayers at Conventions

Katsucon 2014: Sample shot 5 by HenricksonNaru 2 U 2013: Sample shot 5 by HenricksonKatsucon 2015: Sample shot 8 by Henrickson

Cosplay photographers! I can't fall asleep tonight so I'll write a brief tutorial on how to arrange private shoots with cosplayers at anime/manga/comic/gaming conventions. There are many ways of doing it but the following 4 are the ones I use:

1. Cosplay photographers opening up time slots for scheduled private shoots
2. Cosplayers posting their daily/semi-daily costume lineups
3. Cosplay photographers asking random cosplayers at cons for spontaneous mini-photoshoots
4. Cosplayers approaching known cosplay photographers
at cons for spontaneous mini-photoshoots

Note: For simplicity's sake in this tutorial, masculine pronouns will be used for cosplay photographers since the majority of them are male, and feminine pronouns for cosplayers since most of them are female. But the tips apply to all people regardless of genders.

1. Cosplay photographers opening up time slots for scheduled private shoots

G-Anime 2014: Sample shot 1 by HenricksonOtakon and Otakuthon '13: Sample shot 20 by HenricksonKatsucon 2015: Sample shot 5 by Henrickson

This method is used by cosplay photographers of all skill, experience, artistic, equipment and pricing levels - just about everyone. As a convention-goer, a cos photog should have a personal schedule, setting time for himself for badge pick-up, visits to the Dealers Room, attending panels, shows and concerts, meeting up with friends, eating, etc. In-between those activities, he'll have some free time, and it's during that free time that he would be able to do photoshoots with cosplayers.

As most events start on the hour, and finish on the hour, a cosplay photographer would offer time slots that also start and finish on the hour - though realistically he'll have to finish a quarter before the next hour slot so that he would have enough time to pack his photo gear and walk to the next meetup point for his next shoot, without rushing. Thus he would most likely post 60-min slots, but the actual shoots would be 45 mins long.

This method is generally successful with a variety of cosplay photographers and cosplayers. Factors influencing success include the cos photog's reputation (popularity/respect), the ability of his past work (portfolio or sample shots) to influence cosplayers seeking to work with new photographers, and the amount of "advertising" (public posting) he does at letting cosplayers know about his available time slots. A cosplay photog with no more available slots is said to be "booked out".


1. This should be obvious, but: make sure you're definitely going to attend the convention. Announce this publicly or to all your friends. Make arrangements to guarantee your attendance to the con. Do this several (9-12) months in advance.
2. A few (2-3) months before the con, make your personal schedule. What events do you want to attend, that you can't miss? Block them off. Also, reserve some time for hotel check-in/check-out, badge pick-up, meals and sleeps. I know a lot of cosplay photographers who open time slots *and* forget to set themselves times for lunch! :XD: If the convention hasn't released a tentative schedule yet, use the one from last year - also, check the pages of your events on the con's website for their dates, times and locations, making sure that they're at the same time/places as last year. Adjust as necessary.
3. You should be left with empty periods of time. They're your free time and should be converted to photoshoot slots. Usually people do 15-min, 30-min or 60-min slots. I recommend longer slots if you have more gear to set up and wrap up.
4. If you're a beginner, you shouldn't fill your entire free time with photoshoot slots. Shoots can drain a lot of energy, and you may be exhausted before the end of the afternoon! Veterans like me can do shoots all day long, but I started with fewer slots, increasing progressively every year.
5. You should post notes about how you do photoshoots. You should have a default meetup point to wait for your cosplayers; a few samples/thumbnails of your previous work; what your limits are (group size, walking distance, location access difficulty, etc). Cosplayers should have a method of contacting you for details, such as by commenting, private messaging or email.
6. If you charge for shoots, this is also the time to determine pricing. For a good pricing, browse around forums, convention pages, etc looking for other cosplay photographers doing paid shoots at the same con you're attending and check out their pricing structure. Almost all of them charge more for larger groups or longer time slots. Check out as many photographers as possible and take note of their prices. Then price yourself according to how good you think compared to them (how your expected results would be compared to their expected results, by rating your past work and comparing with their past work or posted sample shots). You don't want to charge too high or no one would book a shoot with you; there's no minimum price though if you charge too low you may not be able to balance your trip's expenses - most cosplay photographers pay off their convention trips with the money earned from paid private photoshoots (but rare are those who can pay off their trips *entirely*). From my own observations, the average pricing for a small con is about $10/shoot and for a large con it's about $30/shoot, and the average cosplay photog pays off his admission badge and part of his transport cost.
7. Don't post your time table yet. Go to the con's website and check quickly if they have a schedule update. If something new has appeared and you want to attend it, block it off from your own schedule.
8. Now post your schedule. It can be in the form of a status update, journal or screenshot of a spreadsheet. In fact, a photoshoot schedule can be 1-dimensional or 2-dimensional. In the 1-dimensional case, the time table is listed vertically with one time slot per line; for a 2-dimensional photoshoot time table, slots are arranged in a grid where the horizontal axis represents days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and the vertical are hours (the hours you're active at the con). You should post a master copy of your schedule at one place and put links to it on other websites - it's difficult to manually synchronize multiple schedules on multiple sites!
9. Eventually, cosplayers book shoots with you by choosing times slots and supplying you with necessary details. Those details should include: (nick)name of cosplayers, characters cosplayed, meetup points, photoshoot locations, list of poses they can do, etc. Frequent and regular communication is very important here, as no side wants to be left out from the other information-wise, especially if the con gets closer and closer. Don't forget to exchange cellphone numbers at this point.
10. If you set a deadline for cosplayers to book shoots with you, after that deadline you can finalize your schedule with the booked shoots. Otherwise I suggest finalizing your schedule on the Thursday before the con or the day before you leave for your trip.

After that, all you have to do is to get to the convention, meet up with your cosplayers and take amazing photos of them! :D Send them their photos after the con. A tutorial to process cosplay photos is available in my Tutorials sub-Gallery.

2. Cosplayers posting their daily/semi-daily costume lineups

Montreal Comiccon 2013: Sample shot 9 by HenricksonOtakon and Otakuthon '13: Sample shot 8 by HenricksonMontreal Comiccon 2014: Sample shot 4 by Henrickson

A cosplayer, by definition, is someone who cosplays. To cosplay, they need at least 1 costume. Most cosplayers will bring 1-2 costumes to a convention and wear one per day or for 2 days, but some may bring like 4-5 and wear one for half a day and another for the other half-day. They'll announce their costume lineups vertically in text format or horizontally in a picture collage, usually with reference images for new costumes and existing photos for re-worn ones. You can spot these lineups in status updates or journal posts.

In case they haven't finished a costume and would only wear the finished version at the con, you'll have to rely on progress photos they posted of their unfinished costume. A lot would post mirror selfies of themselves before leaving their hotel rooms, so check their Facebook pages or Twitter accounts too for an idea of how they look like!

Cosplayers open for shoots are ideal for cosplay photographers who couldn't manage to fill their time slots, and still would like to do shoots during those empty periods. The main challenge is that the later you ask them, the less available they become...


1. Are some cosplayers you're following attending a convention you're attending soon? Here's your chance of doing photoshoots with them! Check out their upcoming cons and see if you're also attending one or more of them. Make a list of cosplayers attending your next con and get ready to ask them these couple of questions: can you do photoshoots with them, and when/where can you meet them?
2. Here I assume you don't accept anymore shoot bookings from other cosplayers but you still have some unfilled slots. For each empty slot, check what costume each select cosplayer is wearing on that day and time and whether or not you would be interested in doing a shoot with that character. You can only do one shoot per slot so please choose your favorite costume/character among those available and ask the cosplayer for a shoot with you.
3. The cosplayer will answer yes or no. (Treat "no responses" as "no".) If she refuses a shoot with you, she's probably already booked for a shoot with another cosplay photographer. Ask another cosplayer with an interesting costume for a shoot. You have lots of choices here so go ahead and ask your favorite cosplayers for shoots. Do this until your empty slots are filled up. In the event that you still can't fill your time slots no matter who you ask or how many cosplayers you asked, you'll have to rely on method #3 below.
4. Once a cosplayer has agreed to do a shoot with you, you two will need to exchange some information. The most important details are: when and where to meet for the shoot, any location and pose ideas, and contact info to communicate during the con and send the photos afterwards.
5. Now, about the availability of cosplayers shrinking as the con gets closer: you may want to book shoots with your favorite cosplayers even before opening up your private shoot time table. Treat confirmed shoots as "events you want to attend and can't miss", in the same line as panels, shows and concerts. Then use the rest of your free time for booked photoshoots with other/random cosplayers.

Even though most cosplayers who post costume lineups don't specifically say that they're available for shoots during those times, they do post those lineups so that cosplay photographers can contact them directly, building and finalizing the cosplayers' own personal schedules in advance, with less stress to deal with as the con approaches! This may sometimes bring up a paradox, where a cosplay photographer would try to ask his favorite cosplayer for a photoshoot *at the exact same time* as that cosplayer is trying to book a scheduled shoot with that same photographer! :D The cosplayer would respond that she isn't available because she's booking a shoot with someone, and the cos photog would reply that the slot she wants is unfortunately no longer available because he suddenly "has something important to do" at that time - then after asking for more details, both realize they're trying to book shoots with each other on the same time slot!

3. Cosplay photographers asking random cosplayers at cons for spontaneous mini-photoshoots

Chibi G-Anime 2013: Sample shot 6 by HenricksonAnime North 2013: Sample shot 18 by HenricksonAnimeet Montreal 2014: Sample shot 3 by Henrickson

It is well known: most cosplay photographers are too shy to ask their favorite cosplayers for a spontaneous (on the spot) photoshoot at conventions. ^^; I'm part of that group unfortunately. What's easier though is to do shoots with cosplayers you don't know. "Not knowing" the cosplayers you're asking for shoots are the keywords here, as you don't already admire them and keep long distances from them...

So the main goal here is to find a cosplayer who's open for shoots (doesn't already have a shoot booked with someone the moment you meet her), one who's willing to do shoots with a variety of cosplay photogs (doesn't have a so-called "exclusive photographer"), and has enough time, energy and good mood for a shoot the moment you ask her for one (ie. who's not tired or has to go somewhere).

Seeing/knowing that favorite cosplayers are too busy to do shoots with you and you're too shy to ask them, then go ask cosplayers you don't know. Though I refer to them as "random" cosplayers, they're not purely random as you're actually picking specific cosplayers to do shoots with, but for the rest of this method's explanation they'll be known as "randoms".


1. You have a personal schedule. You may or may not have any booked photoshoots, but you definitely have some free time slots. You were unsuccessful or even too shy to ask your favorite cosplayers for shoots before the con. You're still in the mood to do shoots with cosplayers and are prepared for it. You arrive at the con, and go to an area where lots of cosplayers hang around.
2. Observe all cosplayers. Who are busy and who are not? Who are currently posing for hall-shot photographers, and who are actually posing and doing shoots with cosplay photographers? Shoots usually last 5 mins or longer, in areas with low traffic and beautiful backdrops. Hall shots happen everywhere but a lot of hall-shot takers will pull cosplayers aside to not block traffic (as instructed by Staff and many convention program booklets).
3. Some cosplayers will appear to be not posing. Attention, some of them are actually resting and are not open for posing or for photoshoots - they would often have some of their costume parts off to relieve from heat or stress, for example. Most sitting cosplayers are resting, mostly from sore feet or tired backs/necks. Others will be standing. Some would be doing nothing, others chatting with each other. It's OK to ask cosplayers for photos if they're chatting lightly, but if they're into an intense conversation, barging into their circle (interrupting them) could be considered rude. So your best bet would be to approach those who aren't chatting like mad people trying to prove their points (which is what happens often at conventions where lots of nerds gather together, sharing similar interests)! Now, after spotting a cosplayer who may be open for a shoot, walk up to her calmly.
4. And now, the hardest part: how to ask them for a photoshoot with you without being nervous or make them feel nervous. :o I call these "Cosplay Shoot Pick-Up Lines". You mumble something comprehensible among the noisy crowds, and the cosplayer hears you and knows your intentions/request without asking "Whaaaat?" Examples of "Pick-Up Lines include:
- (To an inexperienced cosplayer who seems to not know what photoshoots are) Hi, are you available for a few minutes? I would like to take some photos of you just over there (at some spot not too far from where you are, and still with some people around).
- (To an inexperienced cosplayer with a nice costume) Hi, I really like your costume! Do you have a few minutes right now for some quick photos at that spot right there (pointing to the spot you want to do your mini-shoot)?
- (To an experienced cosplayer who seems to do a lot of photoshoots) Hi there! Are you available for a few minutes? I like your costume, and would like to do a photoshoot with you just over there.
- (To an experienced cosplayer who impresses you) Hey, you have an amazing costume! Are you free at the moment for a quick photoshoot with me?
- (To an experienced cosplayer that you met before) Hello, we meet again! I was wondering if you have a few minutes right now for a mini-photoshoot? There's a spot not far that we could use right now.
Remember to smile and be polite. Smiling is important when you approach people. :)
5. There are 3 possible replies. Yes, the cosplayer agrees to your photoshoot request and goes with you to that spot-not-too-far to pose for photos. No, the cosplayer has something else to do, perhaps waiting for a scheduled shoot with another cosplay photog. And due to noise, the cosplayer may ask you to repeat the question, or if inexperienced, ask you what a photoshoot is!

The most seasoned cosplay photographers will go out there and simply ask cosplayers for mini-shoots. By doing it often, they build up their courage progressively and slowly overcome their shyness. Once they do this for a few years, the fear of asking strangers for photoshoots would be minimal, or completely gone! They also know how to talk to cosplayers easily. After some time, these cos photographers build up a reputation and become very known among the cosplay community. Among them are veterans such as Eurobeat Kasumi (formerly Eurobeat King) AKA "EBK", who takes both scheduled shoots and random at-con mini-shoots, and the legendary convention photographer Kevin Lillard, practically the "only person" cosplayers 10-15 years ago wanted absolutely to meet and be taken in photo by at anime conventions in the U.S.

4. Cosplayers approaching known cosplay photographers at cons for spontaneous mini-photoshoots

Anime North 2013: Sample shot 21 by HenricksonGenericon 2015: Sample shot 3 by HenricksonMay 2013 Mini-Photoshoot: Sample shot 3 by Henrickson

Did I say most cosplay photographers are too shy to ask their favorite cosplayers for photoshoots? Well guess what, most cosplayers are *even shyer* to ask their fave cosplay photogs for shoots! This is the truth as I know it. Most of my cosplay friends feel this way, and would actually prefer to be approached by cos photogs than approach cos photogs themselves! Also, most photographers at conventions are hall-shot takers and traditionally it's them who ask cosplayers for photos.

But nothing forbids the vice versa, where cosplayers approach photo-takers and ask them to take photos of them, or even do shoots with them! It's the universal custom of photographers asking the cosplayers, and most cosplayers' super-shyness that prevents this from happening on a low or wide scale. If only cosplayers were less shy and start to approach us for random shoots, we would be delighted to do shoots with them, anytime!

There's a way to make this easier to happen, and here's how.


1. If you want cosplayers to start approaching you at conventions and ask for random spontaneous photoshoots, they must know that you're open for spontaneous shoots and that you can deliver good results. The first thing is availability. Have some slots in your scheduled dedicated for hall or walkaround shots. You should be wandering around the con venue during that time, taking hall cosplay photos. You could also be hanging in a certain area where a lot of cosplayers are also hanging around. The goal is to make yourself free of any commitment from booked or pre-arranged shoots, and make yourself findable (able to be found) in the common areas of the con venue, not in hard-to-access dedicated photoshoot locations.
2. In your main photoshoot time table's notes, put a line that says something like this: "Cosplayers! If all my slots are taken and you still want to do photoshoots with me, try finding me in person at the con when I'm free and ask for one on the spot. I'd be happy to do shoots with you and anyone who asks!" elysiagriffin puts it nicely: "Unable to schedule a [shoot]? Don't fret! If you happen to spot me wandering around the convention like a lost puppy, feel free to glomp me and ask me to take your photo[s]! I'd love to get to meet and give everyone (...) great photo[s] of their cosplay[s]! C:" This should let any cosplayer who follows you know that they can still get shoots with you even if you're booked out (though they won't be able to book shoots at their preferred times and would be only limited to your free roam periods).
3. Secondly, cosplayers must know that you can deliver good results, ie. above-average cosplay photos. This is automatic when you post a photoshoot time table, as you already include sample shots of previous shoots. However, for cosplayers at conventions who don't know you exist online and have never met you before until you attend the con, they have no way of knowing how good you are. Everyone must know the following fact: just because a photographer at a convention has a nice dSLR with a big lens and a speedlight flash *doesn't automatically mean* that he's an expert at photography who can produce excellent results. It only means that this person has dished out a lot of cash to buy an expensive camera. Remember this! The only way to know if a cosplay photographer a cosplayer has never met before is good or not (ie. skilled or not) is to observe him doing photoshoots with other cosplayers. The inexperienced cos photog will shoot with people in the background behind his subject, use direct flash, take photos while standing straight up and not direct his subject. The experienced cos photog will choose well his location, use bounce flash or even off-camera flash with lighting gear, shoot from various positions including lying on the ground (if clean), and direct his cosplayers or correcting their poses. It's the directing of poses that observing cosplayers would notice the most, as well as the showing of shots taken on their camera's screens after the shoot that indicates this cosplay photographer would probably be someone experienced and skilled enough to produce the amazing results that every cosplayer dreams to have in their cosplay photos! So the tip here is, try to be more interactive with previous cosplayers so that new ones will notice you and think that you're a great cos photog!
4. Alright, so you're in an area with lots of nice cosplayers with great costumes. Start taking simple hall shots, remembering the above tip. Eventually, a cosplayer will approach you and ask to do a shoot with her.
5. Accept her request and go to a spot not too far. Take your time to compose and light your shots - the most important elements in great photos of any kind are composition and lighting. After 2-3 poses and 8-10 shots per pose, you should have a workable set of photos to process and good-enough shots to send her. Conclude the shoot by exchanging contact info such as email addresses or Twitter accounts.

This method is very successful if you have a good reputation and cosplayers know you. They would surely be seeking you out at the convention on all days of the con and hope to encounter you at the right place and the right time. On the other hand, if you're a newcomer to cosplay photography but have the skills to be successful, start by taking a lot of hall shots using good techniques, and by pure luck some cosplayers will start to notice you and randomly approach you to ask to do shoots with them!

Alright! I managed to ask a random cosplayer (a stranger) for a mini-photoshoot, or a cosplayer has randomly approached me and asked for a shoot. What should I do now?

Anime North 2013: Sample shot 10 by HenricksonKatsucon 2015: Sample shot 9 by HenricksonNadeshicon 2013: Sample shot 5 by Henrickson

That's very nice, you've overcome your shyness and got a cosplayer interested in doing a shoot with you - or the cosplayer herself has overcome her own shyness to ask you for a shoot. There are a few things that you should and shouldn't do, but the most important concept here is: keep it simple. If you're not doing a scheduled shoot booked before the con, then the cosplayer shouldn't be committed to walk with you to a faraway location, be expected to face weather, crowds or traffic, or be asked to do difficult or complicated action shots.

I recommend the following, depending on the venue, the weather and crowds:

- A photoshoot spot within 15-30 secs of walking time from the spot you meet the cosplayer. Most of the time it's a blank wall, hallway or balcony nearby. If you want to be efficient, think of a location before asking the cosplayer for a shoot. Look at the crowds too; choose a spot with a minimum number of people around to prevent distractions.
- A minimum of 1 pose and a maximum of 3 per cosplayer. More poses are reserved for full-length photoshoots and would require too much commitment for the cosplayer, someone you just met and doesn't know you. If you know the character, you can suggest poses; otherwise, assume the cosplayer knows her poses.
- A limited number of camera angles and a very quick lighting setup. I suggest only standing and crouching, and using bounce flash either on-camera or off-camera. If you have a softbox, it should be already attached to your speedlight; if you have an umbrella, it should be closed, and opened once you arrive on location. Your speedlight should already be attached to a lightstand or a tripod.
- Helpers are always useful. Try to have one with you to hold your flash or reflector.
- At the end, give her a "coscard", ie. a cosplay contact card. Print some business cards before the con and hand them out to cosplayers you don't know, that you took pictures of. Some cosplayers have coscards too, but most don't.

I don't recommend the following, which are usually pre-arranged in booked shoots before the con:

- Shooting at a location that's more than 60 secs away, eg. outdoors at the edge of a terrace, across the street, in a park, on a riverside, etc. Mini-shoots are usually requested the same way common hall shots are asked, so the cosplayer should only expect to walk not very far. If it's rainy or windy, of course don't suggest doing a shoot outdoors.
- Don't ask for action shots unless the cosplayer has extra time (has nothing to do for a long while). I strongly suggest only static poses to keep things as simple as possible. You should direct her poses, if you know how to direct subjects.
- Don't do multiple-flash setups. Keep your lighting gear close to your subject. Don't do crazy camera angles, just use standard eye-level and kneeling heights. If you start rolling on the floor, inexperienced cosplayers will think that you're weird!
- You may be able to walk away without exchanging contact info, and later posting links to your online albums on a Facebook group but don't leave the shoot without thanking the cosplayer for her time! Also don't forget to compliment her for her nice costume, if you haven't already done so.
- Never charge money for random shoots. I've seen a convention kicking out every single cosplay photographer because some of them were doing random shoots and started to ask cosplayers for money. No. If the cosplayer hasn't agreed before the con to pay you money in exchange for doing a private shoot with her, then you mustn't ask her for payment after your random shoot. Only charge for shoots booked through your pre-convention photoshoot time table. In that case make sure the cosplayer pays you before the con, or at the very least, at the beginning of the shoot. But if you're doing a mini-shoot with someone you just met, then don't even think about requesting some sort of payment.

Random shoots often end up re-using the same backdrops over and over again, but it doesn't matter. It's practical, and in the end you'll get to shoot with more cosplayers than you ever hoped for! The most important thing is to be close to a spot that doesn't have many people behind it, and has good light or its immediate surroundings can provide good bounce surfaces for your flash. This will ensure beautiful and consistent good results as long as you have access to that spot or others similar to it. Don't forget to share locations with your fellow cosplay photographers, as they too have the same goals as you and would also do what's most practical for all of us. Cosplayers too love to work with as many cosplay photogs as possible, so as to get as many photos as possible in as many styles and locations as possible. Variety is always a good thing.

This said, happy photoshoots at upcoming cons! :w00t:

Katsucon 2015: Sample shot 10 by HenricksonKatsucon 2015: Sample shot 6 by HenricksonGeekFest Montreal 2013: Sample shot 2 by Henrickson
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Genericon 2015: Sunday Hall Cosplay shots by Henrickson
Genericon 2015: Sunday Hall Cosplay shots
Genericon 2015 was a multi-genre convention in Troy, NY held on Fri-Sun, Mar 13-15, 2015 at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. This was my 2nd Genericon.

People in photo:
- Joe Carter as Naruto [Naruto]

Helper: Joe Carter

Tentative schedule, subject to change, as always. Nadeshicon is an East Asian Culture Festival and Japanese Anime, Manga & Gaming Convention held at Université Laval in Quebec City, QC, Canada Canada.

Last update 2015-04-16 @ 11:45 pm

6:00 pm - BLOCKED for dinner, badge pick-up
8:00 pm - OPEN
9:00 pm - PANEL: Con-Traveling: 20 conventions par année et plus | Rm. 2326
10:00 pm - PANEL: Con running the why, the how! | Rm. 2300
11:00 pm - PANEL: iDOLMaSTER - 10 years of producing | Rm. 2326
12:00 am - Leave con

It's good to finally see some actual programming on Friday of this convention!

10:00 am - PANEL: L'incroyable Studio Ghibli & Hayao Miyazaki : des films à connaître! | Rm. 2320
11:00 am - PANEL: Q&A Mika Kobayashi | Rm. 2326
12:00 pm - BLOCKED for lunch
1:00 pm - SHOW: Arashi Daiko | Rm. Hydro-Québec
2:30 pm - PANEL: Anime Industry (English) | Rm. 2300
3:00 pm - Concert seating
3:30 pm - SHOW: Spectacle de Mika Kobayashi
4:30 pm - OPEN
5:00 pm - EVENT: Séance d'autographes Mika Kobayashi | Atrium
5:45 pm - Masquerade seating
6:00 pm - SHOW: Mascarade | Rm. Hydro-Québec
8:00 pm - BLOCKED for dinner
9:00 pm - SHOW: Spectacle de Para Para | Rm. Hydro-Québec
9:30 pm - EVENT: Karaoké | Rm. 2326
10:00 pm - SHOW: Nadeshicon Idol | Rm. Hydro-Québec
11:30 pm - EVENT: Soirée Dansante | Le Cercle 4FL
12:00 am - Leave con

Last con event ends at 2 am but my group requires at least 6 hrs of sleep.

10:00 am - PANEL: Démonstration de la cérémonie japonaise du thé | Rm. 2326
11:00 am - PANEL: Cosplay : Online Resources - Ressources en ligne | Rm. 2320
12:00 pm - BLOCKED for lunch
1:00 pm - PANEL: Remise des prix de la mascarade | Le Cercle 4FL
1:45 pm - Concert seating
2:00 pm - SHOW: Orchestre Portable de Jeux Vidéo | Rm. Hydro-Québec
4:00 pm - OPEN
4:45 pm - Fashion show seating
5:00 pm - SHOW: Défilé de mode | Rm. Hydro-Québec
5:30 pm - OPEN
6:00 pm - SHOW: Cérémonie de fermeture | Rm. Hydro-Québec
6:30 pm - PANEL: Commentaires et suggestions | Rm. 2326
7:00 pm - Leave con

We may decide to leave the con earlier and go eat our group dinner with :icondroophotographer: & friends, like last year.

Of course, helpers are welcome any day, any time. See you this weekend in Quebec City!
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Henry W.
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
Photo courtesy of Richard Dufault of Open Shutter Photography:

:bulletblue: WHO I AM
- I'm Henry W.
--- Known online/offline as Henrickson
--- Living in Montreal, QC, Canada
--- Birthday is June 30th
- Cosplay photographer since 2007
- I use entry-level & amateur photo gear
--- Canon EOS Rebel XS
----- Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 VC
----- Canon Speedlite 430EX
--- Canon EOS Rebel T1i
----- Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II
----- Yongnuo Speedlite YN467
--- Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
--- Apple iPhone 4S
- Best pictures are posted in my deviantART Gallery…
- Work-in-progress shots on my Twitter.
- 14'' Acer Aspire laptop
--- I post sample shots on my Twitter as a "Live Feed" during cons

:bulletblue: MY COSPLAY
- Cosplayer since 2007
--- Kyon [The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya] (commissioned by simakai)
--- Random White Angel (closet outfit)
--- Guan Ping [Dynasty Warriors 7] (closet cosplay)
- Crossplayer
--- C.C. (black gown) [Code Geass] (borrowed from loki555)

- In :flagcanada: CANADA between Quebec City, QC and Toronto, ON
--- Nadeshicon in Quebec City, QC
--- Otakuthon and Montreal Comiccon in Montreal, QC
--- G-Anime in Gatineau, QC
--- Ottawa Comiccon in Ottawa, ON
--- Anime North in Toronto, ON
- In the :flagus: UNITED STATES between Portland, ME and Washington, DC
--- PortConMaine in Portland, ME
--- Bakuretsu Con in Colchester, VT
--- Genericon in Troy, NY
--- Otakon in Baltimore, MD
--- Katsucon in National Harbor, MD
- International conventions
--- Worldcon 2009 in Montreal, QC
--- Costume-Con 2014 in Toronto, ON
- I offer at-con private shoots
--- $15 to $30 for 45 mins
--- Photos from these shoots are of very good quality
- I take a lot of hall costume photos (see PRESS PHOTOGRAPHY)
--- I do my best to take the best hall shots within the confines of the venue, equipment at hand and con photography restrictions

- One of the founders, organizers and lead photographers of Mtl-Cosplay-Photo Montreal Cosplay Photoshoots
--- Affiliate of Montreal Cosplayers (group)
--- We hold cosplay photoshoots in the Greater Montreal Area in public places
--- Among our ranks are cosplay photographers such as Mannaka, MaverickDelta, Jaya-sama, Touzzy, Joniel, BahamutNight and Mr. Jechgo. You can visit them on dA at:
- I offer off-con private shoots
--- $30 to $60 for 1 hr 30 mins
--- Photos from these shoots are of the highest quality
--- Driving included, max distance 100 km roundtrip

- Regular photojournalist for Consplayers
--- My convention pictures are at:…
--- Group led by LiKovacs's father Robert
- has con photographers located in 4 countries around the world
--- Non-profit, shoot-for-free group of experienced convention photographers
--- Specializing in hall cosplay photography and masquerade photography
- The group is always looking for new photographers
--- If you're interested to join us, please contact me or Robert

- Completed
--- DW6 Guan Ping's Ji
--- DW5 Zhang Liao's Guandao
- In progress
--- DW6 Liu Bei's twin swords for a friend
--- Other commissions on order
- Materials of choice are wood, craft foam and PVC pipes

- Panelist and Press member at Anime North and Otakuthon
- Panelist and Assistant Photographer at G-Anime
- Assistant Photographer at Cape & Kimono
- Official Convention Photographer at Montreal Comiccon and Nadeshicon
- Official Masquerade Photographer at Naru 2 U and Animorency's Halloween Parties
- Been a Volunteer in the past, but am now a Panelist because I can get badge refunds by doing less hours :D

Would you be interested to pay more to attend a smaller anime convention with very high-quality Guests, more interactive panels and better events than what\'s generally offered at lower-priced larger cons?? 

22 deviants said Yes
4 deviants said I don't know
1 deviant said No

Events I'm Attending

My most known motto might be "I'm just around the corner", but my other known motto is "I'm all around the place". New/important events are in bold.

:bulletblue: 2014 Conventions [CV], Cosplay Photoshoots [CP] & Cosplay Events [CE]:
Last update 2015-01-01
Summary: A repeat of 2013, with less cons and shoots to the list.
[CV] G-Anime 2014 (One-Day Escape) :star::star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Done!
[CV] Katsucon 2014 :star::star::star::star::star: Done!
[CV] Genericon 2014 (Two-Day Escape) :star::star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Done!
[CV] Nadeshicon 2014 (Two-Day Escape) :star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Done!
[CV] Costume-Con 32: Toronto 2014 :star::star::star::star::star-empty: Done!
[CV] Ottawa Comiccon 2014 (One-Day Escape) :star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Done!
[CV] Anime North 2014 :star::star::star::star::star-empty: Done!
[CV] PortConMaine 2014 (proposed) :star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Did not attend
[CE] Animeet 2014 :star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Done!
[CV] Chibi G-Anime 2014 :star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Done!
[CV] Otakuthon 2014 ft. WCS Canadian Preliminaries and A NEW WORLD concert :star::star::star::star::star: Done!
[CV] CoTiCon 2014 (proposed) :star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Done!
[CV] Montreal Comiccon 2014 :star::star::star::star::star-empty: Done!
[CE] OTK Halloween Party 2014 :star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Done!
[CV] Bakuretsu Con 2014 (proposed) :star::star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Did not attend
[CV] Mini Montreal Comiccon 2014 :star::star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Done!
Tally: 14 cons, 2 events, no shoots

:bulletblue: 2015 Conventions [CV], Cosplay Photoshoots [CP] & Cosplay Events [CE]:
Last update 2015-03-30
Summary: A Katsucon-centric year. Going sabbatical other than local cons.
[CV] Katsucon 2015 :star::star::star::star::star: Done!
[CV] Genericon 2015 :star::star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Done!
[CV] Anime Boston 2015 :star::star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Maybe
[CV] Nadeshicon 2015 :star::star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Maybe
[CV] Montreal Comiccon 2015 :star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Next upcoming
[CV] Otakuthon 2015 :star::star::star::star::star:
[CE] OTK Halloween Party 2015 :star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty:
Tally: 6 cons, 1 event, no shoots

:bulletblue: 2016 Conventions [CV], Cosplay Photoshoots [CP] & Cosplay Events [CE]:
Last update 2015-01-01
Summary: Austerity continues. Funding for a faraway con (West Coast or Japan Expo) needs extreme sacrifices. Probably will cut Katsucon, due to skyrocketing hotel room rates in National Harbor.
[CV] Montreal Comiccon 2016 :star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty:
[CV] Otakuthon 2016 :star::star::star::star::star:
[CE] OTK Halloween Party 2016 :star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty:
Tally: 2 cons, 1 event, no shoots

:bulletblue: 2017 Conventions [CV], Cosplay Photoshoots [CP] & Cosplay Events [CE]:
Last update 2015-01-01
Summary: Pushing back the faraway con trip by a year.
[CV] Otakuthon 2017 :star::star::star::star::star:
[CV] Montreal Comiccon 2017 :star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty:
[CE] OTK Halloween Party 2017 :star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty:
Tally: 2 cons, 1 event, no shoots

:bulletblue: Future Conventions [CV], Cosplay Photoshoots [CP] & Cosplay Events [CE]:
Last update 2015-01-01
Summary: Finally attending either a West Coast con or Japan Expo.
[CV] Sakura-Con 2018 OR Fanime 2018 OR Anime Expo 2018 (the "2018 West Coast Anime Con Group Trip"), OR Japan Expo 2018 in Paris, France!

[Bullet; Yellow] Dream Conventions
Last update 2015-01-01
- Proposed con: Montreal Costume Festival (MTL CosFest): If I had the money, staff and resources to start up my own convention, this would be it. Focusing on costuming & cosplay and featuring 3 Masquerades (yes, THREE), this con would be the Montreal costumer/cosplayer's heaven. It's based on Costume-Con, but catering to a local & younger generation of costumers & cosplayers, the kind of people who attend anime, comics & gaming (ACG) conventions.
- Proposed con: Laval Anime Festival (AniFest Laval): Laval's own anime convention. The largest cities in the province of Quebec have anime cons: Otakuthon in Montreal, G-Anime in Gatineau, Nadeshicon in Quebec City and Animaracon in Sherbrooke. Which other city in Quebec has a large population? Laval, of course! However, since it's adjacent to Montreal, any new anime con in Laval will compete directly with Otakuthon. For the venue, I suggest the Sheraton hotel next to Carrefour Laval. For the date, it must not be within 2 weeks of either Otakuthon or Montreal Comiccon, Montreal's other major fan convention; for even more attendance, AniFest Laval should also not be near the weekends of G-Anime, Nadeshicon and Animaracon. This leaves February, March, May, June, September, October and November as the usable months to hold such an anime con in the city of Laval.
- Wished con: Penny Arcade Expo Canada (PAX Canada): Should Penny Arcade Expo Canada expand to Canada, Montreal should be a natural destination for them, since we have lots of video games companies here. Also, it wouldn't be a hassle to find suitable staff for this con, as there's no shortage of fan convention staff in Montreal. If they want experienced staff with hands-on experience with gaming cons, then they should look no further than the ex-staff of the now-defunct Arcadia Festival, a video games mini-con in Montreal that ran for a few years before it died off.
- Wished con: Japan Expo Canada (JE Canada): Japan Expo has already expanded to other parts of France, Belgium and now the USA. Why not Canada? Our country has a relatively high proportion of anime fans. Japan Expo USA settled in California because it's a hotbed of anime and cosplay. Where would a Japan Expo Canada be? I hope in Montreal, since Toronto is getting saturated with cons lately. Both Toronto and Montreal are Canadian hotbeds of anime and cosplay, so wherever between these 2 cities the Japan Expo Canada organizers choose to hold their con, they would be successful!
- Costume-Con: The original costume-focused convention. Attended by mostly veterans of the trade, the 32nd edition of this traveling con stops in Toronto in 2014! Most costumes are historical, literary, sci-fi, fantasy and steampunk, but we can also see some anime, comics, horror and gaming. Attended the 2014 edition!
- New York Comic Con: Big con yes, far no, expensive yes. Maybe a friend can host us instead of booking a hotel room, which is the main cost factor of such a con-going trip. Also, largest comic book convention in the United States, surpassing SDCC in attendance.
- AnimeNEXT: A con not too far, at a decent cost.
- Youmacon: A major convention along the Quebec-Detroit Corridor, on the American end of the Corridor.
- Colossalcon: Dubbed Vacation Con by many of its con-goers, this one features a giant wave pool and a safari park where people can pet baby animals!
- Dragon*Con: Need I say more? 8D
- Metrocon: Time to visit some Floridians.
- Anime Central: Largest con in the U.S. Midwest.
- Oni-Con: An anime con on the side of the beach!
- Anime Revolution: Time to visit Vancouver and check out West Coast Canadian cosplayers!
- FanimeCon: A well-rated West Coast con.
- Anime Expo: Any North American Otaku dreams to be at this con.
- San Diego Comic-Con: Any North American fan of any kind dreams to be at this con, bar none. Surpassed in size by NYCC
- Sakura-Con: An anime con at the same time as the cherry tree blossoms.
- Japan Expo: One of Europe's largest anime cons. Trip postponed.


Update: AN 2013 open slots left: FRI 5 pm / SAT 1 pm, 3 pm, 12 am / SUN 3 PM [link]
Wed May 15, 2013, 8:08 PM
Announcement: May 2013 Flower Trees Mini-Photoshoot at Botanical Gardens, this Saturday at 9 am. [link]
Thu May 9, 2013, 10:36 PM

Photo Backlog, the Full List

Here's the full list of my photo backlog. Striked-out items have been completed.

Last update 2014-08-20

- 2010
--- 10 conventions
- 2011
--- 12 conventions
- 2012
--- 10 conventions
- 2013
--- G-Anime 2013: Hall (SAT, SUN) | Shoots (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) | Misc
--- Katsucon 2013: Hall (THU, FRI, SAT, SUN) | Shoots (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17) | Misc (WCS, Masq) | Videos
--- GeekFest Montreal 2013: Hall | Shoots (1, 2) | Misc (Masq)
--- Nadeshicon 2013: Hall (SAT, SUN) | Shoots (1, 2, 3) | Misc (Leading Anime Revo panel, NGE panel, Tiffany Grant Q&A, Masq, Hello Kitty panel, Masq Awards, Fashion shows, Closing Cerem) | Videos
--- Anime North 2013: Hall (FRI, SAT, SUN) | Shoots (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) | Misc (Mlight Ball, Masq Awards, Masq Simulator workshop) | Videos
--- PortConMaine 2013: Hall (SAT, SUN) | Misc (Rave, Cos Dmatch, Con Feedback panel, tourism) | Videos
--- Chibi G-Anime 2013: Hall | Shoots (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) | Misc (Anime Name That Tune) | Videos
--- Otakon 2013: Hall (FRI, SAT, SUN) | Shoots (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) | Misc (Masq)
--- Otakuthon 2013: Hall (THU, SAT, SUN) | Shoots (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) | Misc (Masq)
--- Montreal Comiccon 2013: Hall (FRI, SAT, SUN) | Shoots (1, 2, 3) | Misc (KamuiCosplay's panel, JNigri's panel, Masq, Masq Awards, Autographs, Cos au Québec panel)
--- Naru 2 U 2013: Hall (SAT) | Shoots (1, 2, 3) | Misc (Masq)
--- Ottawa Pop Expo 2013: Hall (SAT, SUN) | Misc (Prop Building panel, Masq, Masq Awards, Cos Tips panel) | Videos
- 2014
--- G-Anime 2014: Hall | Shoots (1, 2, 3) | Misc (In & Out Shoots panel, Masq)
--- Katsucon 2014: Hall (FRI, SAT, SUN) | Shoots (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) | Misc (Masq, WCS)
--- Genericon 2014: Hall (SAT, SUN) | Shoots (1, 2, 3) | Misc (Masq, Cos Chess, Rave, Cos Dating, Cos Dmatch)
--- Nadeshicon 2014: Hall (SAT, SUN) | Shoots (1, 2, 3) | Misc (MKana concert, Masq, OJV concert, DROOphotographer's panel, Masq Awards, Idol) | Videos
--- Costume-Con 2014: Hall (FRI, SAT, SUN) | Shoots (1, 2, 3, 4) | Misc (FRI Night Social, Single Pattern Contest, SFF Masq, Masq Awards) | Videos
--- Ottawa Comiccon 2014: Hall | Misc (Calssara & Elffi's panel, DestinyNickelsen's panel, Masq)
--- Anime North 2014: Hall (FRI, SAT, SUN) | Shoots (1) | Misc (M-Ball, Cos Chess, Cos Guests panel, Masq, Masq Awards, Con Horror Stories panel) | Videos
--- Chibi G-Anime 2014: Hall | Shoots (1, 2) | Misc (Otaku Dating Game, Cosplay 101 panel, Anime Name That Tune, CLAMP Universe panel)

- 2010
--- 21 photoshoots
- 2011
--- 17 photoshoots
- 2012
--- 6 photoshoots
- 2013
--- 2 Jan 2013 Chateau St-Ambroise photoshoots: Shoot WED (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) | Shoot SAT (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) | Misc
--- Mar 2013 Hakuouki photoshoot: Shoots (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) | Misc
--- May 2013 Mini cosplay photoshoot & Gintama photoshoot: Shoots (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) | Misc
--- Oct 2013 Phantasy Star Universe mini photoshoot: Shoots (1, 2, 3, 4) | Misc

- 2010
--- 1 event
- 2011
--- 1 event
- 2012
--- 5 events
- 2013
--- Otakuthon Halloween Party 2013: Hall | Shoots | Misc
--- Animorency Halloween Party 2013: Shoots | Misc (Pre-show, Masq, Masq Awards)
--- Montreal Zelda A Link Between Worlds launch event Nov 2013: Posed | Misc
- 2014
--- Animeet Montreal 2014: Posed | Shoot (1, 2) | Misc

- 2010
--- 2 others
- 2011
--- 4 others
- 2012
--- No others
- 2013
--- Roshy & LeiLei-ko's Wedding May 4, 2013: Preparations | Ceremony (1, 2) | Day shoot | Reception (1, 2) | Night shoot
--- julinahabs' Brébeuf International Baccalaureate Graduation Ceremony Oct 2013: Posed | Misc | Videos
- 2014
--- May 2014 Montreal Botanical Garden Flowers Photoshoot: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7


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Hihi!!! Welcome to the :iconthe-da-ranger-group:!!!!!! I'm so glad you joined and I hope you have lots of fun!! *throws glitter*
NieRieChie Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi there! Thanks so much for posting all the pictures from CoTiCon! They all look so great! 
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Happy Birthday sir :) 
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Now part of your collection, thanks!
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Goodness, I'm honoured by the watch!  You take such wonderful photos of some amazing costumers, I'm just glad you've caught a couple hall shots of my own costumes.   Thank you!
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Thanks! We'll meet again, for sure! :D
Whimsical-Angel Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
Thanks for the watch. :) it was great working with you last year! :)
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You're welcome!
dolcedon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey man! We should hang out sometime! Fellow togs gotta stick together! You coming to Anime North? I'll be working on a cosplay video along with planned side photoshoots!
Henrickson Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love to have a get-together! :) I'm not doing much that weekend except the Moonlight Ball and Masquerade. I'm staying at the Crowne Plaza this year. My AN plans will be posted soon!

I haven't assisted anyone for photos or videos for a long time, so I offer my help for your shoots anytime I'm free.
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thanks fpr the watch ouo i really appreciate it <3
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I thought I was already watching you. It's now corrected. You're welcome! ;)
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its all good (:
Thank you none the less~
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Thanks for the fav!
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You're welcome sir! ;)
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Thanks for faving my Blazefire saber. 
I should have it finished soon. 
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