September 13th, 2015

Project 52, part 8

My recent trips have made me behind on posting my usual Project 52 recap! In August, I was busy processing photos from San Japan and working on cosplay for AnimeFest, so I actually forgot about taking a photo a couple times and scrambled to come up with something.

I feel like I’ll be back in my normal groove after September. I’m currently post processing photos from AnimeFest, and then I’ll be doing event photography at the end of the month for work. For now, here’s a recap of weeks 31-36!

#31 – Sakura
Week 31 was San Japan, and Treacly is a cosplayer I’ve worked with multiple times! She always picks characters with cute or elaborate dresses, and they’re so fun to photograph. For San Japan, she chose CardCaptor Sakura, and this is one of my favorites from the shoot. (More photos in this Flickr album.)


#32 – Personas
I was working on my Phi cosplay when I realized I hadn’t done my photo of the week yet. I searched my mind for ideas and then noticed my closet of costumes. I pulled some out with recognizable designs and made a collage with them. There’s 7 costumes in the photo. Can you name them all? (If you’re not sure, you can compare them to my costumes page, and it becomes kind of obvious!)


#33 – Caged
This is yet another late one where I blanked on ideas. This cage and origami figure is something I have on my fireplace mantel. I tried photographing it for a different week earlier but never got a shot I liked. I went for closer shots this time, which worked better!


#34 – Portrait: Phi
It feels really good when you’re close to finishing a cosplay and can see it really forming together. On week 34, I finished the necklace and wig for my Phi cosplay and just had to try everything on together and do a make-up test. I decided to do a close-up shot since I didn’t have the boots finished yet. I positioned the tripod so that the DSLR was above me. I wanted to make sure the flowers on the wig could be seen πŸ™‚


#35 – Golden Gate Bridge
I already showed this photo in my entry about my San Francisco and Napa trip. Here it is again though as my photo for week 35! I happened to arrive in San Francisco on a very clear and sunny day, so I was able to take a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge without any fog in the way.


#36 – Neko
Week 36 was AnimeFest, and this was my first time working with Ari! Though I love using natural light, this one was refreshing to do because it was in her hotel room and was like a studio shoot. I didn’t have to worry about people getting in the way and using a flash gave me consistent lighting.

Prior to our shoot, she told me she did one with a photographer who insulted her for not posing well. I was horrified! You don’t get good photos when you insult your model, and I feel like it’s part of a photographer’s job to help guide the model. I was glad I was able to give her a much better experience!


I know the last 3 were posted in recent entries, so sorry for the repeat! I also have a couple other entries I’ve been wanting to post, but I got sidetracked from talking about my past couple trips. (For example, a follow-up to my Blue Apron entry.) Stay tuned for those later!

12 Responses to “Project 52, part 8”

  • Nancy says:

    You are SO SKILLED with your photography skillz ;D. If I had to rate you in DBZ terms, it’s over 9000!!!

    All of the characters you take pictures of looks so pretty! It’s awesome when people pick out outfits that requires a lot of elaboration because it takes hard work to execute it.

    1) Angie
    2) Zia
    3) Sakura
    4) Chell
    5) Knives
    6) Rhyme
    7) Neku (this should’ve been 2, but I noticed the shoes and headphones at the end!!!! So push 2-6 down 1 XD).

    The flower piece looks nice!! Hurray on almost finishing another piece :D. You’re the master of all trades, jack to none XD. (I swapped the jack/master placing for this purpose ;)).

    You had a really good view of the Golden Gate Bridge!! When I went, I was feeling really lazy and didn’t want to climb too much to take a picture XD. Plus, I think it was a foggy day too! The bridge picture looks amazzinnngggg.

    The photoshoot of Neko looks natural with the outfit looking like she just woke up. It’s great that you gave her a better experience! It’s motivating to the model! πŸ™‚

    • Cat says:

      Aw, thanks so much Nancy! And you got all of the cosplays right!

      haha, I’m definitely bad at some things and have no patience for them. I end up only blogging about things I put effort into XD

      From what my friend tells me, it seems like it’s foggy very often in San Francisco. I feel like I lucked out on my photo!

  • Georgie says:

    Poor Ari, I would have been really upset if I was insulted like that. πŸ™ I am also glad that you were able to give her a better experience. I am sure she loved the photos. πŸ™‚ I also think that it is the photographer’s job to guide the model.

    I really like the origami bird in the cage, it’s a very creative photo. Again I probably mentioned this… but you are lucky to have gotten such an awesome shot in SF!

    I also like the photo of you in Phi’s costume. It’s a nice angle and I like your expression as well. πŸ˜€

  • Olivia says:

    Your photos are always so stunning!! I really like the origami photo. My English teacher would see about 10000 metaphors in it :”D
    So many lovely costumes!! I like how they’re all so pretty and colorful together!

  • Raisa says:

    Aw man, that photographer sounded terrible. πŸ™ I’m glad Ari had a much better experience with you, and I hope she knows that she does great poses! πŸ˜€

    I still need to write my Blue Apron entry! XD Can’t wait to see your follow-up.

  • Liv says:

    Wowwww I love the origami in a cage photo! It’s so cute and beautiful. Have you ever thought about doing that for Instagram? I noticed it’s a trend to take photos of crafts on Instagram nowadays.

    Your cosplay photos are sparkling too and only this past month I began to use fancy DSLR lenses and they really make all the difference in how good those photos look! Now maybe I should get one for my camera instead of borrowing …

    The San Fran photo is gorgeous too and now I’m gonna go back to that post to see more!

  • Michelle says:

    I’m so impressed with your photography skills on my photoshoot and on others. Thank you so much! You’re the greatest! Huggles

    Everything you do is great. I almost wish I was talented like that but I realize that I have other talents, you know? We are our own person, always. <3

  • Pauline says:

    I LOVE the photos – they turned out great. I love origami, I had a phase where I just made loads of origami flowers and decorated my whole wall with them hahaha! But that photo looks so lovely.

    I bet it was fun taking all those photos – I love taking photos and getting photos taken of me, its all just a fun process!

  • Tara says:

    Whoo hoo for Project 52! They are all lovely photos, but my favourite is the origami in the cage one. That one is so simple, but so beautiful! What a great shot! The Golden Gate Bridge shot is also amazing! You’re really a great photographer πŸ˜€

  • Amy says:

    Wow, your photography is amazing! I love your cosplay shoots – they’ve come out so well.

    So jealous that you got to go to AnimeFest. Whay was it like? Your Phi cosplay is great by the way. You’re definitely more creative than I am!

    • Cat says:

      Thanks! AnimeFest was a lot of fun since I was able to both cosplay and photograph πŸ™‚ It’s always nice when I can do two hobbies I love. I have a recap in my previous entry!

  • Kya says:

    31. That photo looks so adorable and she is really pretty. πŸ˜€ It would be fun taking photos of someone that cosplays cute characters!

    32. Those costumes look so good and I love this photo. I really have no idea what they are for though. xD (fails)

    33. I really love this photograph! I am sure it looks so nice in person as well!

    34. That looks amazing! πŸ˜€

    35. It is such an iconic bridge and it’s so cool that it was a sunny day and it looks great!

    36. That would have been good to have a change. How rude that the photographer would insult her. :/ If you had no problem photographing her the other person had some issues.

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