Tuesday, March 28, 2017

2017 Sac Toy Con 3.26.17

Author: Luke Cheng

The Sac Toy Con isn't an event known for cosplay, but I knew we'd have cosplay representation so I packed my camera gear and headed out to the Scottish Rite Masonic Center to catch all the action going on. I was really happy see some some of my favorite cosplayers at the toy show. Big Trent came as the Red Ranger. I don't have a lot of photographs of him in this particular cosplay so I was happy to get a short shoot in with him. In the picture above his is protecting all the visitors to the Sac Toy Con!

Being a toy show there has to be toys! The main hall was filled with cool toys both vintage and modern. It was really easy to get distracted at each and every booth. I found myself drawn to the dealers with GI Joe. As a kid I played with and collected GI Joe. Those toys of mine got a real beating from the amount of play they went through. Man, I wish I still had them around! I felt really nostalgic seeing all the old figures I used to have on sale. Of course being vintage pieces now they were all a significant amount more than I had originally gotten them for.

Youtube sensation Sean Long had a booth just outside the main hall. I usually see Sean in full cosplay at his table, but today he was going more casual - which is also totally cool. He had a bunch of great toys on sale. I even think some members of Cobra came by to take a look at some of his items for sale! It's always great to see Sean at these shows, he's one of Sacramento's best!

The Sac Toy Con had good attendance with people coming in at a good rate. It was good to hear from on dealer at the show that he was doing good business during the day. Hopefully all the sellers were able to make good money! 

The Cobra 1st Legion was on hand with a nice retro backdrop near the entrance to the convention. People could come and take pictures with GI Joe or Cobra characters. I especially like this backdrop because it is designed after the old GI Joe figure packaging of the 80's. This area was a very popular place to be if you wanted to get in on a picture. 

One of the main attractions at the show was Morgan Lofting. She was the voice of the Baroness on the old 80's GI Joe cartoon. Just about boy had a crush on the Baroness back in the day - me included! It was an honor to meet her. She signed a sweet 8x10 picture for me. Morgan also took the time to pose for some photos with the Cobra 1st Legion. Here she is in front with a rather large weapon!

Look at this absolutely incredible Beast cosplay! The make up and details that went into this are really stunning. Aside from Beast, there were other Marvel characters roaming around such as a great X-23 and Captain America. Check out the full gallery later on in this post.

My other short shoot of the day was with Lexi as Wonder Woman. I've seen Lexi continue to improve this particular cosplay over time. Lexi is stunning as Wonder Woman and I was so happy to see her at the event today. Lots of Wonder Woman hype is building up as the movie is set to release later this year. Lexi definitely picked the right character to cosplay at the right time!

Drewski's food truck was on site to feed all the hungry toy shoppers. As it turns out Cobra Commander is also a fan of Drewski's! He took some time out of his busy day to grab a bite to eat. If you'd like to see a full gallery of photos from the Sac Toy Con, CLICK HERE and check it out!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Cosplay Photoshoot - Steven Universe 3.25.17

Author: Luke Cheng

I was contacted a while back to see if I could do a group photoshoot. It's pretty rare to do a big group shoot outside of a convention so the prospect intrigued me. The group in question was cosplaying Steven Universe at the UC Davis Arboretum. Being so close to me, I just had to do it. I met up with the cosplayers at 4pm on that Saturday and we started shooting!

As you know, I'm always at the UC Davis Arboretum shooting photos. Recently I've done many fashion photoshoots with November Cosplay here. The Arboretum is very large and I typically shoot on the east side of the location. Today I went to the western part of the Arboretum where there were some very interesting locations to shoot at. This particular shot was a small clearing with beautiful trees in the background. I thought it was a great spot to get some portraits done.

The colors of the cosplayers really stood out among the green natural tones of the Arboretum. The Sailor Moon style Steven Universe cosplays were full of vibrant reds, purples, oranges, and blues. The contrast worked really well here. I was very impressed with the amount of detail and work that went into each cosplay. In talking with the group, each member contributed to different parts of the cosplay. 

The group had some very young but enthusiastic cosplayers. It was a great to see these guys really get into their characters. I have to say that sometimes it can be hard to get people to pose and do things in front of the lens, but these two really just went for it. It was very easy to get great photos of them because of their willingness to just put their all into the character that they were cosplaying.

Chloe, shown above, organized the group photoshoot and was my contact for this shoot. A huge thanks has to be given for the invitation to shoot the group. I ended up editing a good amount of photos from the weekend session. If you're interested in seeing them all, CLICK HERE to go to the full gallery located on my main site!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

2017 Winter Central Valley Cosplay Gathering 2.25.17

Author: Luke Cheng

Last week was the Central Valley Winter Gathering, and I had the chance to attend it for just a very short while. I had many commitments that Saturday, but I didn't want to miss out on this gathering! The CVCG is always a ton of fun. The people are great and the atmosphere is relaxed. I, sadly, was only able to stay for an hour before my next shoot, but I was thankful for the little time I had. I didn't get a ton of photos, but I'll share with you a few that I was able to take!

A year ago there had to be two Winter CVCGs because of rain and bad weather. We've been having a lot of rain recently, but thankfully the weather today was perfect. There was blue sky and scattered clouds with a nice temperature. Everybody was hanging out, having a good time on the grass, and enjoying the food provided by the organizers. The photo above was one of my first shots of the day. For this shot I chose to go with some off camera lighting. She and her cosplay look fabulous!

One shot... one kill!!! It's Widowmaker from Overwatch!!! I'm definitely bias towards cosplayers from this game as I absolutely cannot stop playing it on a daily basis. I totally suck at using snipers like Widowmaker, but I still love her. This photo was taken without any special lighting, it's all natural light with a little post processing in Lightroom. 

Probably the most intricate cosplay of the CVCG was this Magitek soldier by Broken Blade Workshop. Not only was the cosplay spot on to these freaky soldiers from Final Fantasy XV, but the movements were also completely on point. I was totally impressed with this cosplay and others that have been done by Broken Blade. After this photo I had to leave for my next session. I really didn't want to go! Hopefully my next event won't be such a short amount of time!