As a photographer, one of the most rewarding aspects of my hobby is doing a personal photo shoot. It requires the photographer and photo subject to work in concert with each other to create amazing photos. Over the course of a year, I do well over a hundred photo shoots inside and outside of anime conventions. In these photo shoots I have met some of the most interesting people who make the shoot experience interesting and rewarding. I have yet to do a photo shoot that was a bad experience. Each shoot presents a different dynamic due to the unique personalities of the people I am photographing, the unique environments they are in, and the type of story I want to craft using my photography. Of the many photo shoots I have done this year, here are my top eight most memorable shoots. They as varied, but they do showcase why I personally love doing photo shoots.
8. Maternity photo shoot at UCR Gardens
7. Fate/Zero photo shoot at Comikaze
6. Shuffle shoot at Little Tokyo
5. Richard photo shoot at the Riverside Lunar Festival
great interview subject, writes a really funny blog, and he is also my amazing successor as the manager of Anime Expo’s Manga Lounge. He can add another bullet point to his list of talents; he also makes an amazing model for a photo shoot. Downtown Riverside is an amazing location for a photo shoot and during the Riverside Lunar Festival there was nary a cosplayer in sight, so I decided to do a photo shoot with one of my best friends. What became quickly apparent is that this guy knows how to work a camera better than almost anyone I know (remember, I have done quite a bit of photo shoots). He is very photogenic and is a great model; I had lots of fun doing a shoot with him.
4. Pirate of the Caribbean Shoot at Anime Expo 2011
3. Dragonball photo shoot at Comikaze
2. Shinsen Doumei Cross photo shoot at PMX 2011
1. Valkyria Chronicles photo shoot at Anime Expo 2011
There you go, here are my eight most memorable photo shoots of 2011. If anything, this list would be much longer since all the shoots I had were memorable in their own ways. These eight just tend to stick out to me as shining examples of great experiences. As I said, all the photo shoots I have done were good shoots, but these are shining examples of why I want to better myself as a photographer. I wonder what kind of awesome shoots will come next year, I can’t wait.