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San, otherwise known as Princess Mononoke or the “Wolf Girl,” is the titular character in Studio Ghibli’s movie, Princess Mononoke. She acts, behaves, and resembles a wolf due to the fact that she was raised from infancy by wolves themselves.
The costume was made from faux fur, cut and sewn into a cape with hood. The iconic mask was crafted from papier mache, clay and wire. The accesories were also hand made from clay and epoxy.
Another Great cosplay by Free Wings Cosplay. This time as Jason Dean from Heathers.
Better known as JD, is a senior at Westerburg High with some less that ideal views on society after he witnessed his mother’s death. With the belief that he and his girlfriend Veronica can “start and finish wars”, he plans to show everyone what society can do to people. One way or another.
Here are a few photos from a shoot I did last summer with Free Wings Cosplay. The character here is Yamaguchi Takashi who is an aspiring volleyball player at Karasuno High School. While he isn’t exactly skilled at the game, he is determined to help bring his team to victory
Aurora Ingadottir – The Wanderer
Parentless thanks to the great war,
She and her 3 sisters now travel the lands hunting the men who slayed their families. Excellent with an axe and a whisperer of wolves, she hopes to reach Valhalla arm in arm with her sisters, drenched in the blood of their enemies.
The wonderful young lady who babysits for us graduated from high school this week. She is such a sweet, intelligent and beautiful young woman and I know that she will go very far in life. It was a great privilege to be able to share in some of her celebrations and grab some photos for her. Congratulations Kennedy we will really miss you when you go away to university next year.
I was able to grab one quick photo of Kennedy with my son Odin. She has been a part of our family for 4 or 5 years so he really looks up to her like a big sister.
Early this spring, before my crazy wedding season began, I decided to begin a wonderful fantasy themed series involving Faeries, Unicorns, Mermaids and Dragons. This is the first shoot of that series and involves a wonderful young model named Peyton. I designed and made her costume and did her hair and make-up myself. We shot this series of images in Saint John on a beautiful wooded trail in Mispec Park. Peyton was a delightful fairy and played the part perfectly. As Peyton frolicked through the moss covered forest among giant paper mache mushrooms that my son and I made in my living room, you could feel the magic in the air.
Thank you Peyton for being such a perfect faerie.
Last weekend I was on the southern shore of Nova Scotia to photograph the beautiful Luneburg wedding of Jennifer & Sam on Saturday. On Sunday I took my time getting home and drove around the scenic route from Lunenburg to Halifax and took in some of the unique coastal beauty that area is so famous for. Lucky for me all of the apple trees and some of the flowers in the area were in full bloom which added to the colour and beauty.
From Lunenburg I headed to a small fishing village called Blue Rocks. There I saw a sleepy little village (It was very early around 8am on a Sunday when I was there). Boats quietly tied in the safety of the harbour. I also met up with an adorable yellow finch who was fasinated by his reflection in an old mirror that hung from the side of a little fishing shack.
After leaving Blue Rocks I headed to Mahone Bay where I was greeted by a very gentle old dog who appeared to be the owner of the wharf I stopped at. As soon as I was out of the car she came right over to me to check me out, (I assume to see if I had any treats for her) then wandered off as if to say that I had her permission to wander her wharf and take a few photos. Mahone Bay’s claim to fame is the three churches of different faiths that are built right next door to each other on the side of the harbour.
After Mahone Bay I then wandered onto Peggy’s Cove where I stopped for a bit of lunch at the Peggy’s Cove Gift Shop and Restaurant. The food was great and the waitress was very friendly and sweet. I watched as the fishermen pulled their lobster traps in off the boat as the lobster season was wrapping up that day according to a tour guide I ran across while taking photos. There is something that intrigues me about fishing villages and the men and women who work on the sea. Maybe it is colours from the boats, ropes and other accoutrements, or perhaps it is how they are a symbol to me of a simpler time in our Maritime past when so many more families depended on the bounty of the sea to make their living. Whatever it is, these villages and everything within them bring me back time and again with my camera to capture the beauty I see there.
After leaving Peggy’s Cove I hit the highway and headed home once more. It was a beautiful way to end a beautiful trip but my home and my family were waiting for me to return and I was looking forward to a nice warm hug from my husband and my son when I returned.
If you have never taken the time to travel to the southern shore of Nova Scotia I would highly recommend it. The air is fresh and the natural beauty is breathtaking.
East Coast Comic Expo is a growing Comic Centric Convention that is held in Moncton NB annually usually on the long weekend in May. Again this year my husband Ken (buriedbybricks) Robichaud had a table with his amazing lego creations and I was there taking photos of some of the very talented cosplayers.
There were many special comic book guests such as Nick Bradshaw (artist for Wolverine and The X-Men), Ken Lashey (artist for Superman), Dave Ross (artist for Iron Man), J Torres (writer for Teen Titans Go!), Faith Erin Hicks (artist for The Adventures of Superhero Girl), Stuart Immonen (Artist for All-New Captain America) and last but not least Kathryn Immonen (writer for Operation S.I.N). All of whom were willing to do autographs, sketches and just chat for a few minutes with their fans.
In addition to these amazing artists and writers, the creator of Captain Canuck, Richard Comely was there with the launch of the new Captain Canuck series and a ton of Captain Canuck swag for fans. My son was particularly proud to have Mr. Comely, (“the creator of his hero” in his words) do a sketch on a blank cover of his summer special.
As always there was a number of fasinating and talented artist alley creators and artists selling their wares and art. Some of my favourites were Poopsmoothie, Brain Slug, and of course Karibu Illustrations a who we did feature on last week before ECCE. If you have a moment check out their websites.
While I didn’t take many photos inside of the artists and exhibitors (I was too busy just enjoying looking at their stuff ) I did have the opportunity to photograph many of the cosplayers outdoors around the convention center. If you would like to see all of the images from ECCE please visit my ECCE Shoot Proof Gallery If I took your image and you would like to download a copy I am happy to offer it as a free download from this gallery. Simply click on your photo (or multiple photos) and select download. Should you wish to purchase prints you can do so there as well, otherwise your downloads are certainly printable at your favourite photolab with my kindest regards.
Here are a few a my favourites.
There were a lot more amazing cosplays that I captured this year. To see the entire gallery please visit my ECCE Shoot Proof Gallery. Thank you again to all of the cosplayers who took time out of their day to allow me to photograph them.
We are really looking forward to attending and being a part of ECCE 2016 next year.
In addition to photographing cosplayers at events effective immediately Alicia Robichaud Photography will never charge Cosplayers for photo sessions. If you have an amazing costume that you would like photographed please contact us to book an appointment. No sitting fee and free high-res images available via download. Yes, you read that right FREE – there is no catch, no after fees (unless you want printed products or a DVD of the images which you are under no obligation to purchase). You spend a lot of time and money on your costumes and I love taking photos of awesome art and craftsmenship that goes into your costumes. Location of the shoots is limited to Saint John and surrounding areas.
We may live in the humble Maritimes but you may not realize that there are many amazing artists who live and work here too. This is going to be a semi regular segment that I plan to continue for the near future featuring some of the incredibly talented artists that we have here in New Brunswick and possibly further within the Maritimes if and when I get the opportunity to travel. Within this segment I will give you a little detail about the featured artist and show you some beautiful photographs of them at work in their space. Whether that space is their little studio or the great outdoors, where ever that artist feels their creative vibe is where I want to capture their images.
I was hoping to start this series back in January but things were just too busy with my new studio and some really big things that I have planned for this summer. So better late than never please join me in welcoming my first featured artist from Moncton NB –
Bio: Karibu is a freelance illustrator and manga/comic creator from eastern Canada. Karibu debuted in 2011 with Les Voyageurs de Houston, a short story comic in an independent French comic magazine called Rocket Science from Oniric comics. In 2013, Karibu illustrated a few short stories for a canadian anthology called Heroes of the North. She recently published her very own manga called Survivorland and is currently working on the the next tome of the series as well as a few other original projects.
What is your favourite medium to work with?
I’m very traditional. So I use mostly all traditional mediums. Pencil, artist pens like micron and unipins as well as brush pens. I use colored markers like Copic and Kurecolor.
When you are not drawing what do you like to do with your spare time?
Reading comics and studying them. Yoga to keep the body and mind fresh !
Do you have an artist that really inspires you?
I love an array of different artists work, some North American, European and Japanese. I particuarly appreciate classic comic artist such as Joe Kubert and Alex Toth as well as newer age artists like Sean Murphy, Becky Cloonan, Yanick Paquette, Adam Hughes and many more. As far as European artists Matthieu Bonhomme, Juanjo Guarnido, Florent Maudoux and Alejandro Barbucci. Japanese artists, Inoue Takehiko, Obata Takeshi, Kawashita Mizuki, Urasawa Naoki…and the list goes on and on !
What is the one thing in your studio space that you simply could not live without?
My comic and manga collection. They are my source of inspiration, I use them as tools and study them as much as I need a pencil and eraser.
Where can we find more of your work?
Do you do commission work? If so how can folks contact you?
I am always looking for commission work, time permitting. Feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Is there anything that you would like to say to any beginner artists out there?
Perservere. The longer you work at something the better you will get at it. Unsure about your drawing skills ? Take life drawing sessions at your local art school or art supply shop. Life drawing is the magic behind drastically improving your art skills !
Thank you Karibu for taking time out of your busy schedule to allow me to photograph you in your creative space.
If you are interested in meeting Karibu in person you will be able to find her this weekend at the East Coast Comic Expo in Moncton NB alongside some other amazing artists and creators. So if you are in the neighbourhood stop by and enjoy. I will also be around taking photographs of some of the awesome cosplayers or hanging around buriedbybricks’ LEGO creations.
If you are or know an artist who would like to be featured please drop me a line at email@example.com
Darrelyn was the 2nd place winner of Saint John’s Next Top Model contestants this year so I was really excited to work with her. We decided to do something that was a little different. I have been wanting to do a high fashion Avant Garde shoot for a while so we thought we would give it a try. She designed and made the dress herself from magazines. I did her hair and make-up to give her an edgy punk look. We added some great accessories and dramatic lighting and smoke and we have one of my favourite shoots that I have done yet in my studio.
Thank you Darrelyn for a great shoot.