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The art level I'm aiming to attain. Please encourage me! :w00t: Also, contains some other personal favorites.


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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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Steampunk Style! (Anime North 2013)

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.


Katsucon hotel room situation solved! Still a few tidbits to clean up, but we're mostly set hotel-wise. Only 3 weeks to go!
Looking for 1 more roommate for our Katsucon 2015 hotel room. Hampton Inn, 2 Queen beds + 1 sofa-bed, 5 spots claimed out of 6, $254.43 USD per person, Thursday to Monday, payable to me before the con. We're 4 males + 1 female at the moment, all non-smoking. Please contact me ASAP if you want to claim this spot.
You go to a store to buy something very, very specific (eg. something in a rare style, color or flavor), but they don't have it. What do you do?
8 deviants said Ask an associate to check if another store of the same name/chain have some of the item in stock :D
8 deviants said Order the item online at a same/different store's website and have it delivered to your door :D
3 deviants said Go to a store of a different name/chain and hope they sell the same item or something close/similar to it :roll:
2 deviants said Wait several days or weeks and return to the store to see if they re-stocked it :)
1 deviant said Buy something close/similar to what you were looking for ^^;
1 deviant said Backorder the item at the store and pick it up there when they receive it :)
No deviants said Abandon purchasing that item (at least for the moment) :(

Tutorial: How to Organize Trips to Conventions in Other Cities with Your Friends

How to choose conventions to go to, plan your trips and prepare for travel

This tutorial is for: Convention-goers who have never traveled to a convention outside of their own city or metropolitan area, or who have never traveled to an out-of-town convention for more than one day (staying overnight at that city); convention-goers who have the time and budget for such trips, or will soon be able to travel far for conventions

Hi! Henrickson here. With the main convention season winding down for most people, it's time to prepare for next year. Here's a comprehensive guide for those who want to reach out to new horizons beyond their hometown. This is mainly a transcript of my "Travelling to Other Conventions" panel. The info in here has been updated with my latest experiences.

Note 1: There are many ways to plan con trips. The way described in this tutorial is how me and my friends do it.
Note 2: To simply things, only Japanese animation (anime) conventions will be covered. For comic book (comics) ones, prepare a larger budget, as they're more costly.
Note 3: Pics will be added later.


1.     Why Travel to Other Conventions?
1.1.     Visit New Places
1.2.     See Rare Guests
1.3.     Meet New People
2.     Choosing a Convention
2.1.     How Far Do You Want to Go?
2.2.     Setting Up a Budget for Your Trip
2.3.     Travel with Friends or Family to Save Money

1. Why Travel to Other Conventions?

Expand your horizons by:

- Visiting new places: another city in the same/different province/state that you live in (or in another country)
- Seeing how other cons do things differently
- Seeing what activities, attractions and events they have; some might be exclusive to the cons who host them
- Seeing rare Guests (that very few cons invite)
- Making new random friends :handshake:
- Meeting in person friends you only know online

1.1.     Visit New Places

Visit new cities and new venues such as:

- Convention centers
- University campuses
- Large hotels

Lots of cons are held in beautiful buildings which are well lit and provide good opportunities for great cosplay photography.

Some deciding factors when choosing a convention:

- The location of the venue: Downtown? At the edge of town? In a commercial or industrial area?
- Its appearance/esthetics: How the con looks, the color scheme and fonts they use for signage (see photos of the con from previous years)
- Its ease of navigation: How the con is laid out, how the rooms are used, how the halls are connected, how useful are the maps
- Its proximity to services: Near transportation hubs/terminals, hotels, 24-hr carparks, restaurants, shops, or in a deserted/unserviced area?

Generally, the more conveniently located a convention, the higher the costs of the trip.

1.2.     See Rare Guests

Some conventions will invite Guests that most other cons won't invite anytime soon. While there's demand for these Guests, they may be too expensive to bring over to the convention.

The rarest Guests are those from countries far away like Japan:

- Japanese music bands and composers
- Japanese voice actors
- Anime/manga/gaming industry representatives
- Japanese cosplayers

The presence of these rare Guests should be a major deciding factor for choosing a con. :nod: Wanted to meet someone you thought you'll never be able to meet? Seize your chance by attending a con they're invited to!

1.3.     Meet New People

You arrive into a new place, you meet new people. It's easy to find people with the same tastes and interests as you at anime cons. Making new friends always make a positive experience when attending a convention out of town. Or, maybe you have some online friends who are attending that con you're going to. Now's your chance meet them!

Your willingness to make new friends or meet online people in real life should be another deciding factor for going to another city's convention.

Caution: There are good apples, and there are bad ones. Don't fully trust anyone until you met them in person. Be with a fellow traveller to feel safer when meeting up with online people.

2. Choosing a Convention

Questions you should ask:

- Should I go to an anime con not too far for just one day?
- Should I go to a con a bit farther for a whole weekend?
- Small cons or large cons?
- Do I like being in a city downtown or would you be OK at the edge of town?
- Should I spend a little extra money to be more comfortable?
- Should I cut costs as much as possible?

There are a lot of decisions to make when choosing a convention out of town. The results of these decisions will tell you how to plan for your trip. Deciding earlier is better for making better travel plans. Last-minute planning can be very stressful, and most of the time luck will be against you. By planning earlier, you'll run into lesser risks for anything from transport ticket prices to hotel room availability. Some cons have attendance caps, so please watch out for those too - you don't want to wait too long for badges to sell out!

2.1.     How Far Do You Want to Go?

Closer conventions take less time to travel to, less time off to request from work or other activities, and cost less overall. On the other hand, farther cons take more time to reach, more time off to request and cost more.

Questions to ask:

- Are you willing to travel far from home? Some people like to "orbit" around their hometown, going to neighboring cities only.
- Will you be able to get enough time off from work or other activities to attend the con? This will depend on your job and/or other activities.
- Do you have enough money to travel to a con in another city? Transportation and lodging can be really costly depending on where the con is located.

2.2.     Setting Up a Budget for Your Trip

Traveling to an anime convention in another city is much more expensive than attending one in your own town.

Pre-trip expenses to consider:

- Convention pass (Pre-Registration)
- Transport ticket fares (bought in advance)
- Car check-up (if driving)
- Buying food (bringing your own food)
- Making a new cosplay costume or buying/commissioning one (for cosplayers)

In-trip expenses to consider:

- Convention pass (At-door Registration)
- Transport ticket fares (buying at the counter)
- Car refueling (if driving)
- Buying food (eating out at restaurants and cafés)
- Merchandise from Dealers Room
- Artwork from Artists Alley
- Items from other shops in town (if you want to shop for supplies and/or souvenirs)

It's important to plan your budget before traveling, and recommended to minimize your expenses as much as possible. You should spend a little bit more than the amount you would spend as a typical tourist in that town (in a DIY trip, not a tour group or travel package).

2.3.     Travel with Friends or Family to Save Money

The best way to cut down on costs is to travel to conventions in groups. These groups can be composed of friends, family members or a mix of them.

- Some cons offer discounted group rates for groups above a certain size. The thresholds have been overall increasing over the years, but if your group is large enough, register for the group rates!
- Some transport carriers offer "companion" fares for groups of travelers, where one pays the full fare and the others pay a reduced rate.

When traveling by car, all occupants pay an equal amount for the gas, parking and highway/bridge/tunnel tolls spent. You can ask other con-goers for estimates of these costs.

The same goes for hotel rooms. The more people in the room, the less each person has to pay for the room. You can book more than 1 room if you have a large group. Some hotels have connectable rooms where a door in-between 2 rooms combines both of them into a larger one; this prevents having to walk outside through the hallway to go from one room to another.

In part 2, I'll talk about actually preparing for your trip.
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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

You go to a store to buy something very, very specific (eg. something in a rare style, color or flavor), but they don't have it. What do you do? 

8 deviants said Ask an associate to check if another store of the same name/chain have some of the item in stock :D
8 deviants said Order the item online at a same/different store's website and have it delivered to your door :D
3 deviants said Go to a store of a different name/chain and hope they sell the same item or something close/similar to it :roll:
2 deviants said Wait several days or weeks and return to the store to see if they re-stocked it :)
1 deviant said Buy something close/similar to what you were looking for ^^;
1 deviant said Backorder the item at the store and pick it up there when they receive it :)
No deviants said Abandon purchasing that item (at least for the moment) :(

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 2015-01-01
Summary: A Katsucon-centric year. Going sabbatical other than local cons.
[CV] Katsucon 2015 :star::star::star::star::star: Next upcoming
[CV] Montreal Comiccon 2015 :star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty:
[CV] Otakuthon 2015 :star::star::star::star::star:
[CE] OTK Halloween Party 2015 :star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty:
Tally: 3 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!

:bulletyellow: 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*
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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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