What got you into cosplay?
I was taken by a friend to AX 2006 in Anahiem and was blown away at the enthusiam coplayers had in going all-out with their costumes. The energy in how they celebrate life was intoxicating to be around.
As a photographer, the photo opportunities were endless. It was so much fun to photograph them while they became the character they were dressed as. Then I felt, these people, with such awesome costumes deserve photos that reflect the artistry and craftmenship they put into their costumes.
What was your first costume and why?
I did make an origional robot costume out of corrigated cardboard, sprayed with silver paint. My cousin had made a robot costume in a similar way, based on the robot "Box" from the movie, "Logan's Run" so I was inspired to make a robot costume too.
What is your favorite costume and why?
I love the robot costumes so much. Since when I was a child, I have always loved Japanese robot movies and cartoons. When I see these hand-made robot costumes at these conventions, I am very impressed on how they can make them "movie-quality" and be willing and able to walk around in such a costume.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I don't make costumes much, but I would love to see a robot costume of Raideen. He was one of my favorite robots.
I do love other non-robot costumes too, as you can see in my photos.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
My most memorable cosplay experience was behind the camera. At AX 2009 Los Angeles, I was able to get people to work with me to create some really stunning photographs. Through their willingness and talents, I captured them in action, like they were right out of a movie.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
I have never won any awards for costumes, but I did win grand prize in a photo contest!
Tell us a little about yourself
I enjoy working as a photographer and filmmaker. I am so greatful to get paid to do what I enjoy doing.
I still endulge in using my old-school, playstation to play Twisted Metal 2.
My favorite anime
I have loved, and still love the origional anime Gigantor and Raideen, which I enjoyed in the 1970s.
Gigantor was cool because he had this polished shiney look with deep shadows to make him look so industrial and tough. His eyes had such determination, even if they never changed expression. He was, because of his head shape, the metal Trojan.
Raideen was a predecessor to the transformers. He transformed from a samurai/pharoah-like human God, to a bird mode, able to slice through anything!
My favorite game(s)
Twisted Metal 2 & 3 are my favorite video games.
My favorite book(s)
My favorite books are generally about self-improvement or about techniques to enhance photography or movie-making.
My favorite movies(s)
I love most of the Indiana Jones and Star Wars movies.