BACK TO BACK CONVENTION WEEKENDS.  Florida sure can keep a cosplay photographer busy, but I don’t mind!  That just means I can get tons of photos! Anime Festival Orlando was this past weekend from July 29th to 31st, and we were there giving panels, doing shoots, and getting lots of hallway shots!  Let’s get to it.


The Convention

Anime Festival Orlando, a.k.a. AFO is a three-day convention held annually for the last 17 years!  This convention has been a staple in my lineup since I started attending conventions in 2010.  I love this convention because of how homey it feels. The convention has been held at the Wyndham Orlando Resort for all but 3 of its years, and draws a mostly a Floridian crowd. I always meet people at this convention that I usually only see in passing at the larger conventions like MegaCon or MetroCon, given the space is smaller so it’s easier to run into the people.




At Anime Festival Orlando, and many other Florida conventions, I love to give a panel about cosplay photography.  MEW21, Tinka, and I held our “Bringing PLAY into your Cosplay Photos” panel on Friday. We had such a great turnout!  Thank you to everyone who came to the panel to listen, ask questions, and hang out!  I’m hoping to do the panel again at Holiday Matsuri as well as a new panel I’m working on “The Business of Cosplay Photography”.





It wouldn’t be a convention if I wasn’t doing any shoots!  I had the pleasure of shooting with TeaBunny and her Tamamo no Mae / Caster from Fate/Extra for the first time!  It was her first time doing a photoshoot as well.  I wanted to give her a great experience so we went on location to Lake Eola bright and early to play at the pagoda along the lake’s edge!  Yes, we do on location shoots DURING conventions, too, so don’t hesitate to ask us if you want to get away from the convention center. I had a shoot with Didi in her Akagi from Kantai Collection as well. We decided that it would be better to take that shoot to the beach sometime this month! :]




I also got a chance to work with Chalisa in her Healer / White Mage from Final Fantasy XIV!  She does such beautiful work with all the ornamentation on her costume.  I’m absolutely looking forward to editing these photos!





Despite it being such a hotter than normal July, plenty of cosplayers came out to enjoy Anime Festival Orlando!  Elysia and I for the most part hung out by main events to take photos of cosplayers passing by!  Usually I would take photos outside in the courtyards, but with the +90F heat, no one including me wanted to go out there save for the summer swimsuit cosplays!  Thankfully late Saturday afternoon we got a nice layer of clouds, so we all poured outside to get photos around the fountains and open areas of the resort.  For the most part though, we commandeered a black background that they were using to block off a hallway for a bit of the weekend. :]

I’ll have my gallery down below and Elysia will have hers up at her website!



Zenturtle_ , Myungsoo Umma Cosplay, and PrincessRabbits Cosplay! Go check out their pages and follow!


That’s it for conventions for the next month or so!  We’ve got a backlog to get through so we’re going to be furiously picking at it.  Make sure to check the gallery below!  What’s next on your convention list?  Is there somewhere we NEED to go?!  Let us know in the comments! :]


Thanks for stopping by!


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What’s going on, friends?  MetroCon was this past weekend and we got the chance to hang out, take photos, and do a few private sessions on Friday and Saturday! Gallery and recap ahead; let’s get to it!


MetroCon is an anime convention held annually in Tampa, FL since 2003.  Along with the standard set of convention features such as dealers room, artists alley, VIPs and panels, MetroCon features multiple costume contests, a photography contest, a living chess match, fire spinning, and raves throughout the weekend!  The last recorded attendance according to Wikipedia was more than 11,000 people!


D.Va and Mech

D.Va by Ashe Iverk
Dank Mech by Whooleeus


We took so many hallway shots this MetroCon.  SO. MANY.  We really wanted to meet people since for the last year or two, we spent most of our time doing private shoots. While we love doing private shoots, it’s nice to break out of the routine.  Besides, meeting new people is fun!  Many of the super talented people I met I was already following on instagram, or one my fellow photographers has worked with them before.  You should see all the shots I got in the gallery below!






Around all that we had a few shoots!  I got the pleasure of working with Teppy for the first time!  I’ve never shot any J-Rock idols before so this was definitely a first for us!  It was my also first time working with Brit and her shironuri fashion concepts!  She brought along Cindy and Beth to the shoot to model for her.  Shout out to Frances and David, too!  Last time we worked with them at Holiday Matsuri, they were both in fur suits!  This time around, it was Baka no Test!  I threw some BTS funnies for you to see for now!  I’ll be posting their photos on instagram at some point! :]



I’m blasting off on this post because we’ve got a lot to take care of before next weekend!  Back to Back MetroCon to AFO!  We’ll be hosting a panel on Friday about Cosplay and Photography at AFO as well as doing cosplay sessions!  I’m sure there will be more to post next week as well!

Check out the gallery, say hi in the comments!




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  • July 26, 2016 - 8:46 pm

    Katie Romano Kay - Hey! That’s me as Romano in photo number 21! Could you send me a full download link? I love it! <3ReplyCancel

  • July 27, 2016 - 12:12 am

    Robin Da Hood Cosplay - This is awesome! I’m the Tidus on the cover of the album, is there any way I could get the photos as well! Great shots 😀ReplyCancel

Sus Hi Eatstation Altamonte Springs


Sus Hi Eatstation has been one of my favorite quick spots in East Orlando for the couple years I’ve been living on this side of town!  Every time I would stop in I would be greeted with a resounding “Hello, Ninja!” and served fresh and delicious food prepared the way I like it. When Elysia told me that they were opening a brand new location in Altamonte, for sure I had to stop in and check out the new place.  I got a bite and got to chat with Grand Master Fun Ly while I was there!  Read on for more!


Awesome photos on the wall greet you as you walk in


Sus Hi’s Dojos have embraced a culture of Fun, Passion, Creativity, and Integrity. Grand Master Fun Ly a.k.a. Robert Ly built Sus Hi around these tenets, and it emanates from everything from the photos on the wall, to the wood and stone decor, to the free form fast casual menu, to chants of “Fire!” behind the bar. At their dojos, there are no “employees, only ninjas; there are no “managers” , only head ninjas.

Grand Masters Fun Ly and Miso Eel are no strangers to business.  From a young age, Fun Ly was involved in the running of his parents’ restaurants, and Miso Eel helped out at her parents’ market.  They wanted to take everything they knew from running businesses and create something new.  Sus Hi Eatstation was born from the desire  to create a new quick casual concept in a genre that hasn’t been represented in the quick casual market thus far.


sus hi eatstation altamonte springs

When you walk up to the bar, the ninjas guide you through the creative process.  You start with your choice of a roll, bowl, or wrap and white or brown rice!  From there, you’re given a choice of proteins ranging from fresh tuna, tofu, and fried shrimp and chicken.  After that there’s a wild amount of fix ins that you can choose from to compliment: scallions, seaweed salad, masago, carrots, and cheese!  Top it off with their selection of 16 different sauces.  They also have a selection of beer, sake, ramune, and soda as well as edamame, dumplings, rangoons, and egg rolls to compliment your entree! Check out their full menu here!





I usually spring for the bowl when I come here.  Fresh fish, tempura flakes, seaweed salad, cucumbers, scallions, and spicy mayo is my go-to setup. I love the combination of the sweet, salty, and spicy flavors in the seaweed salad and spicy mayo to compliment the freshness of the  cucumbers. The crunch of the tempura flakes is a perfect contrast to the fish and rice as well!  Don’t take my word for it, try it!




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Sus Hi Eatstation in Altamonte Springs is now open!  Their Grand Opening is this week and there are still a couple more days to enjoy their specials! I love this place for a quick and affordable stop for sushi. If you’ve never been, go check out either of their locations, they’re both great. Full information and addresses below!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sus Hi Eatstation

4498 N Alafaya Trail suite# 324
Orlando FL, 32826
Phone: 407 826 1682

Altamonte Springs
380 S State Rd 434 suite# 1004
Altamonte Springs, FL 32744
Phone: 407 960 2250

Open 11 am – 10 pm everyday!




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Hey Friends! This past weekend, we were all over the Orange County Convention Center for  MegaCon 2016!  Why so late in the year?  Because MegaCon is now a big 4 day convention and is run on Memorial Day weekend the end of May!  We got a ton of photos, got to meet a lot of new people, and hang out with a lot of good friends!  Let’s get to it!


Cosplayers in Hall C, MegaCon 2016

Back in 2010, MegaCon was the first convention I ever attended.  I had just recently acquired my camera 5 months prior.  Everything photography and cosplay was new to me.  Little did I know 6 years later, I would still be attending this convention as a proper photographer shooting cosplayers.

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Sleeping Moon Cafe Blog


Hey friends!  Welcome back!  Today we’re check out a local spot which happens to be right around the corner from us.  Elysia and I have been in Orlando for almost 4 years now, but we’re still setting down roots in the area.  We’re still learning about the quirks about Orlando’s scene, which means we’ve been doing a lot of yelping to find out new spots.  Sleeping Moon Cafe just happens to be one of those spots!

Sleeping Moon Cafe was created by Mark Gardner with one main thing in mind: Cultural Hub  Formerly in sales for pharma and technology, Mark wanted to create a great place for art, music, coffee, and food.  Six years ago, he and his partner planted roots right here in Winter Park on the corner of Aloma and Semoran.


Sleeping Moon Sandwiches Smoothies Tea Wifi

Sleeping Moon Espresso and Tea


Sleeping Moon serves a variety of sandwiches, smoothies, teas, and coffees!  Most if not all of Sleeping Moon’s ingredients are locally sourced. Bread, meats, vegetables, coffee, tea are all from the Central Florida area!  Even the kombucha and cold brew are bottled in Orlando!  Speaking of kombucha, he’s got a few kegs of the stuff on tap, sweetened perfectly for any palate.




Last time I was here, I had a HUGE Reuben sandwich, perfectly pressed and delicious.  I wish I had photos of it because I ate it so fast, but Elysia had a fantastic Turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce!  Look how fantastic that is!

Mike gets his beans fresh from Golden Hills Coffee Roasters.  He believes that if you come into Sleeping Moon to enjoy coffee, it should be the best cup of coffee you can get along with a personal touch.  He made me a hazelnut latte with a little bit of coffee art!  Take some time and have coffee in the shop, and he’ll take care of you! :]



Sleeping Moon Cold Brew Combucha Coffee Station


Nestled in a spot right next to Full Sail and in range of Rollins, UCF, and Valencia, Sleeping Moon serves not only the local community, but also students looking for a place to eat and energize for studying and collaborating!  Not only are there lots of table space if you’re looking to get some work done, but also couches for you to sit and relax if you’re just hanging out with friends.


Sleeping Moon Local Performances Jazz and Spoken Word


Every night, the cafe hosts live music from local bands or other events such as spoken word poetry jams and storytelling.  Sleeping Moon has opened its walls for a variety of art sourced from local artists, most of which is for sale if one piques your interest! (Support your local artists!)  The art is rotated quarterly so be sure to stop by and check out the new pieces going up!  And don’t just look on the walls! On the shelves you’ll find bottles, CDs, vases, and figures to purchase!



Sleeping Moon Local Artists Paintings

Sleeping Moon Cafe strives to give every person a taste of Orlando in not in just food and beverage, but also art and music.  Be sure to stop by and grab a bite to eat and really see what Orlando has to offer!  Sleeping moon is open 10a to 10p Tuesday to Saturday, 11a to 9p on Sunday, and closed on Mondays!  Be sure to tell them we sent you!

Be sure to check our gallery!

Thanks for reading!



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