Archive For April 18, 2015

We Are Back.. Sorta

Well hackers destroyed ten years of work but I had most of it backed up.  The new website is now online.  It’s not complete but its functional.   I’ll slowly bring it back online as I have time.   The new gallery system is up and running but I have many years of photos to reload.   I’ll load those back up as I see fit.   I don’t think my website generates that much traffic and is really just a storage place for photos so I am not in any big rush to restore everything.   Thanks for your patience.

Copyright and Disclaimer

All photos are Copyright (c) Brian Navy.  Otakuhigh Photography Studio

Subjects of the photos have certain rights to the photos that do not require permission from me which include:

  • The distribution of photos across other websites for display purposes ONLY.
  • Printing for personal display or use.
  • Editing of photos for use as Social Media avatars.
  • Using photos for business cards or other self promotional materials.

 

Subjects of the photos I take have others rights to the photos WITH permission ONLY:

  • Printing and reproduction for the purpose of magazine publication in which no profit is to be gained.
  • Printing and reproduction for display at large scale events such as open FREE photo galleries or convention booths run by subject of the photos.

 

Subjects of the photos I take DO NOT have permission to the following without explicit written contractual agreement:

  • The selling of prints, posters, calendars, mugs, mousepads or any other product that will feature my photos on them that are being sold for a profit.
  • The selling of photos to magazine publications for the purpose of profit.

 

DISCLAIMER


All models depicted in adult situations or in sexy or provocative poses have acknowledged and proven that they are at least 18 years of age or older.   Any subjects that are younger than 18 must have permission from a parent or guardian before I will take their pictures of them of any kind for legal reasons.   Anyone wishing to work with me outside of conventions must have a valid ID and sign a model release agreement which can be located here:  (Agreement)

About Me

Kuragiman

I started going to conventions when Project A-Kon had a single digit in it’s numbering scheme.   It was A-Kon 9 and when I went to there it was like walking into a whole new world.   I was just getting into anime back in the day and to find out there was a place were anime fans came together en masse blew my mind and then I saw them; cosplayers.   People we’re actually dressing up as the characters I was falling in love with!  Tenchi just walked by!  There’s Sailor Moon!   Is that Ranma Saotome being chased by Shampoo!?   This is epic!  I was hooked.

The next year I came prepared with Kodak disposable cameras!   I took pictures of everyone and everything I could that was cosplaying.  They were terrible pictures and most never saw the light of day.   The year after that I showed up with Sony Maciva digital camera, the kind that loads in the back with a CD that it writes to as you take pictures.  It was only 2 mega pixels and had no zoom on it.  It was bulky and didn’t take the best pictures but I loved taking the pictures anyway.  Most saw the bottom of the trash bin.   I kept at it and a few years later I discovered what it was to be labelled a  ‘Cameko’.   At AnimeFest I met that man that would become my mentor; Skypirate.   I loved his work and I decided after that meeting that I wanted to become a Cameko.   The next year I went out and put myself in deep debt to purchase my first full professional camera system staring then top of the line Canon 30D camera and a 24-70mm Luxury lens.

Over the next decade I learned much about photography and trained with online courses in photography and Photoshop, combining these learned skills to produce cosplay photo art in my own style.  I have since achieved some personal goals I had set for myself.   I helped start one of the largest cosplay communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area known as the Texas Metroplex Cosplay Coalition.   I was hired by one of the best conventions in the United States, Mechacon, to be their photographer and I achieved the honor of getting to sit with talented cosplayers and be a judge in the big cosplay shows.   I have traveled to many states, been to dozens and dozens of conventions and have taken well over 10,000 cosplay photos over the years.

I’m still here though I don’t shoot as much convention work as I use to.  The environment is becoming more difficult to get the kind of professional shots I like based on my quality standards.  I tend to do more private shoots and studio work these days.  I don’t actively advertise and don’t do as much conventions as I use to.  Times change and I am quite content to not to change with them.   I’ll always shoot for my friends and anyone I feel is worthy of my time that asks but the days of setting up shoot schedules and running around like a chicken with my head cutoff at a convention are over.

Quick FAQS:
Asuka Langley Soryu is my waifu.

There is no other like her.Washuu is my favorite female anime character.
Lupin III is my favorite male character.
Tenchi Muyo is my favorite series.
Pioneer shall always be the best anime release company ever.   They never released a bad film.

GEAR

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I get asked a lot what kind of gear do I use and why.  Below you can see what I am generally packing to most conventions and also what I use when I am doing in-door studio work at my private studio.

 

MY GEAR IS HERE

SCHEDULE

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Below you can find all the conventions, scheduled private shoots and other events I’ll be attending for the year.

2015 SCHEDULE


AnimeFest – Sept. 4th-6th.

SPOTLIGHT

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