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Otakuthon and other upcoming plans

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 12, 2013, 6:43 PM
Otakuthon
I'll be at Otakuthon this coming weekend. First time in Montreal so I'm rather excited! Have a few shoots lined up including a reshoot of Odin Sphere with PaXingCai since I was never that happy with the results a couple of years back. august-fehrmont and tokidoki-loki will be joining in as well. Otherwise I'm looking forward to meeting some more Canadian cosplayers :D


AUSA and other stuff
A few weeks after Otakuthon I'll be heading down to AUSA for Saturday to check it out. Anyone going?

Aside from cons, I also have a couple of off-con and non-cosplay shoots planned. Stay tuned!

Photo backlog: Still working on it. Apologies to everyone who is still waiting but they'll be done, promise! Katsucon photos are nearly done and Fanime will follow.


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Fanime and stuff

Journal Entry: Sun May 12, 2013, 8:18 PM
Recent stuff
Hello all. Been rather busy lately because of work. More so than I was originally expecting when I started. Photo processing has slowed dramatically but they will be done! Have made some progress on Katsucon stuff recently, rest assured that more is coming.


Fanime
So Fanime is coming up. Looking forward to seeing some west coast friends again! Not planning anything big but if anyone wants to shoot or just hang out, let me know!


Remaining events for 2013
Fanime: 5/24 - 5/27 (San Jose, CA)
Otakuthon: 8/16 - 8/18 (Montreal, QC)
+ various other private shoots and minor events

It looks like I might be dropping by AnimeNext on Saturday. I'll decide the week before if I want to go or not.


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Post-Katsucon report and PAX East

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 7, 2013, 9:16 PM
Katsucon
Katsucon was quite some time ago but I figure I might as well post a little about it! Thursday was a rough start with some major travel delays (our cab broke down on the way to the hotel, can you believe that?), and various mishaps with the hotel room which eventually required me to move to another. The loss of space due to the other convention was pretty annoying but I just worked around it since there was nothing we could do about it. On the bright side, I think that did encourage people to explore the many other shooting locations in the hotel instead of just overusing the gazebo area. Things got better quickly though. I had a great time seeing everyone again, and did fairly well with my shoots despite the circumstances. In fact, it seems like many photographers did as I've been seeing some incredible stuff coming out of this con. While I was fairly happy with my shots by the end of the weekend, seeing some of the work that others have been posting definitely reminds me that I have a very long way to go in improving my skills.

The awesome cosplayers I shot with: :iconichigokitty: :iconmelvinopolis: :iconpaxingcai: :icondessi-desu: :iconbalthierflare: :iconvickybunnyangel: :iconenchantedcupcake: :iconyuuri-c: :iconyuuri-k: :icongqbravo: :iconluvnatsu: :iconyashafluff: :iconwisteriawings: :iconmisscarlette: :iconyeu:

Also, can't forget the Saturday late night photographer meetup! Seems like we are making this a yearly tradition: :iconalucardleashed: :icongqbravo: :iconelysiagriffin: :iconxinstrumental: :iconcrystalpanda: :iconmindfall:

Anyway, previews are mostly up on my flickr www.flickr.com/photos/fotofong… though I have a couple more left to do. I've just started a new full-time job this week so I haven't been editing much for the past few days but after I get settled in I should be editing and posting on a regular basis.


PAX East
I will be heading up to PAX East later this month. I don't anticipate shooting very much as there isn't much cosplay and there are con events that I want to do. Yes I'll be an actual con attendee for once. Most of my gear is staying at home but I'll still have a camera so if you want to shoot, let me know! I also have an extra badge since a friend dropped out of my group, so if anyone is in need of one, shoot me a message.


Remaining events for 2013
PAX East: 3/22 - 3/24 (Boston, MA)
Fanime: 5/24 - 5/27 (San Jose, CA)
Otakuthon: 8/16 - 8/18 (Montreal, QC)
+ various other private shoots and minor events

I have dropped Otakon, Animenext and NYCC from my schedule as I found they were generally not worth the trouble. But as they are all fairly close to me there is the possibility that I could stop by any of them for a day. If that happens I will let you all know.


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As mentioned in my last journal entry, I will be at Katsucon next month. I had originally planned on offering a few slots for photoshoots but as of now I already have 15 shoots booked. I'd like to shoot more but would like to have some time to enjoy the con and hang out with friends too! If you still want to work with me, I'll be wandering around from time to time, especially in the evenings and on Thursday, so if you see me just grab me and ask.
Sup guys. It's been a while but I've finally completed school and am now officially a college graduate! It took a lot of energy out of me so I'm glad it's over. I've been catching up on my photo backlog and should be done within the next couple of weeks. As always, completed photos will go up on my flickr before anywhere else: www.flickr.com/photos/fotofong…

Anyway, 2012 was kind of a crappy year for me. Lots of school/work stress and just general career anxiety took its toll. I didn't do as well in school as I'd have liked, nor in my photography. But anyway, I survived. Time to get to work and make this year awesome. My next event will be Katsucon in February. Haven't decided yet whether I will open bookings for photoshoots but if so they'll be posted here soon-ish after I figure some things out and get in touch with people I promised shoots or have otherwise already committed to.

Here's what my 2013 schedule looks like so far:

Katsucon: 2/15 - 2/17 (National Harbor, MD)
PAX East: 3/22 - 3/24 (Boston, MA)
Fanime: 5/24 - 5/27 (San Jose, CA)
Otakuthon: 8/16 - 8/18 (Montreal, QC)

I've been considering adding another con but I might just stick with this for now...any suggestions?

By the way, thanks to Mei-Hoshi for the premium membership. Check out her stuff, she's awesome!
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Just a quick note: I'll be at NYCC this year on Saturday only. If you want to shoot or just hang out, let me know! I am not a fan of shooting at the Javits con center though, so if you're willing to travel elsewhere in the city, that would be a definite plus. School is keeping me pretty busy these days so I can't spend the whole weekend at the con but I might be able to be persuaded to shoot Thursday/Friday as well depending on the costume, or you could bribe me with food LOL
So Otakon has come and gone. Had a pretty good time in spite of the miserable heat thanks to some awesome friends. I ended up not bringing most of my gear and so kept shoots to a minimum, but I did work with WisteriaWings, Luvnatsu, TheOtherPocket, Harubunnyx, m-ichiko, RuffleButtCosplay, EnchantedCupcake and melvinopolis. Still, I'm pretty sure it will be my last Otakon as the heat and humidity is just too much to deal with.

For upcoming events, I will be at the Toronto Centre Island Cosplay Picnic this weekend. Definitely looking forward to seeing my Canadian friends! As for NYCC, I'll be there at least one day but probably not the entire con. I haven't figured out which day yet; I'll know sometime in early- to mid-September. Either way, I would be open to doing shoots that weekend even if I'm not at the con because honestly the Javits is a crappy location anyway and I would rather shoot elsewhere in the city.

Lastly an update on the photo processing queue: Almost finished with Katsucon. Will move on to AB/PAX next and then a private shoot I did in April.

One more thing: unless otherwise noted, my images are posted under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license. You may freely share and post my images for noncommercial purposes as long as I am credited and you do not modify them in any way. Thanks.
For those of you still waiting for photos, they are being worked on! I know I am super backlogged but school and life in general has been a little crazy. I have more free time now so I will work through this backlog as quickly as I can. Photos will always go up on my flickr first www.flickr.com/photos/fotofong… when they're done.

I will be going to Otakon next month. Not too enthused about going especially considering how much last year sucked due to the heat. But I had a room booked already and a non-cosplay friend of mine is coming so I figured I'd go to hang out. Probably won't be shooting too much but we'll see. Would've loved to go to Otakuthon in Montreal but don't have a room or transportation :(
So some people have been pestering me and told me I should get a DA. Not sure what to do here so I guess I'll post some photos.