Star Wars Celebration

This is literally what the convention looked like through my lens.

A 2 mile (yep) long line to get into the convention. Once inside total and complete nerd heaven. If you are a Star Wars nerd that is.


Hopefully soon we will hear about the next Star Wars Celebration. All we know is 2019. No location. Though Episode IX is coming out that Memorial Day Weekend AND hopefully one of the Star Wars lands at Disney will be opening……


Convention Life

The amount of Conventions that come through Central Florida is actually pretty high. Between Tampa, Orlando and Daytona we get quite a few through out the year.

Some are ones that come back year after year (MegaCon I am looking at you). And some we only get once ever 5 years or so. (Star Wars Celebration)

This year we were lucky enough to get Celebration back and it was AMAZING. I can’t think of a better way to spend a long weekend than with friends celebrating one of our favorite movies ever.

We learned an very important lesson at our first Celebration back in 2012. Stay down by the convention center. The closer the better. Between the parties, the events, the panels, and even the drinking, it is just easier. I didn’t have to worry about the commute each day of the convention, didn’t have to worry about not getting sleep (already do that, don’t need to add a 30 min drive each way to that) and it’s just to be able to stay close to the action. The best stuff always happens after the con floor has closed for the night and we are all hanging out at the hotel bar.

By the time we get all of our stuff up and into the hotel room you would think there was a small army staying in there and not just 3 adults. We end up with so much stuff to bring. We have our costumes, our street clothes, our alcohol, and I usually have camera gear of some sort. This year I lucked out, normally I dress as Harley Quinn and usually have a mallet or baseball bat, but this time around I didn’t wear any of my costumes so I could keep an eye on my husband and his best friend while they were in costume to keep them safe. (always an important thing at conventions)

CGB_0554The view from the Hyatt Regancy over to our old hotel the Rosen Center.

Generally we arrive the night before the convention starts so we can attempt to get everything situated and good to go for the weekend. We also try to get a group of friends together to do dinner since most of us are so spread out across the state (and in the case of the 501st Legion, literally across the world). It’s a great time to catch up before we go into the overdrive that is the convention life.



Back Again

I swear I should get better at these things. But I never do.


Here is to hoping. Lot’s of stuff going on. Just survived the opening of Pandora: The World of Avatar at work. That’s been a loooong 3 years in the making though it has so far been successful.


Getting better with my cosplays as I have been teaching myself to sew which has worked nicely so far.

Still photographing when I have the time.

Started back up with my cross stitching habit. Keeps me from killing people that drive me nuts.


Hopefully I will start to get back into the swing of this and all will be right in the world again. Here’s to hoping!


See what I mean about forgetting to update.

Though in my defense it has already been a busy year around here. Between work, costuming and a convention I have been doing good to remember what my name is =)

Mega-Con is the big convention here in Orlando every year. Last year was my first year going (and it was my first convention EVER) but we only went for one day. And then Star Wars Celebration VI happened. 4 days of Star Wars nerdom at it’s finest. That was the first time I had ever cosplayed in my life, well outside of Halloween that is.


Who said Stormtroopers can’t be girls?


And I took this through a Stormtrooper helmet. =) I am attempting to locate the picture that my husband took of me taking this picture because that would just make it all that much cooler.


And here it is!! Victory!

In my next post I will start all about Mega-Con 2013 and the prep work that is already beginning for Mega-Con 2014

Project Day!!

So I have a couple of posts in the works, but I decided to work on a project as well as my posts. So some of these are going to seem jumbled up and out of order and for that I apologize.

Today I decided that I wanted to do a chipboard/mod podge project. I saw these at Hobby Lobby yesterday and my mind went running. I decided to make one for my husband and I.

The first thing I did was pick out the word and then I decided which scrapbook paper I wanted to use on each letter. I decided to go with paper that meant something to us in one way or another. After that I painted the chipboard, each letter a different color to match the paper that was going to be overlaid on it.



Starting the paint job. I got lucky and the paint dried relatively quickly, though it may have helped that it was about 90 degrees outside this afternoon.



The paint colors that I chose to go with my scrapbook paper.



The chipboard painted.




Getting ready to start cutting the paper. I measured each letter and then when I cut I left a little bit of extra on the sides so I could trim it down to fit the letters perfectly.





My preferred mod podge. Though I actually like the glitter stuff I haven’t been able to find it down here in Florida. Except in the giant oh dear god size and I definitely don’t need that much.




I put a layer of mod podge down to hold the paper and then once it was dry flipped it over and trimmed the excess off.



Doing the last couple of letters.Image

After I got the letters trimmed down. I added a very light layer of glitter paint because I did want it to sparkle a bit. Once that was dry I added another thin layer of mod podge to act as a sealant. Now I am just waiting for that to dry and then onto the wall it goes.


I need to start tracking my projects more often so I can add them on here. Every now and again I also try projects off of Pinterest but I always manage to forget to take pictures of them. Really need to work on that.


But now that I have tossed this post up in record time I need to head back to the other ones and eventually get them finished, proofread and up.




I have a tendency to start these things and then accidentally forget about them.


Here is to hoping that I can keep this going.


I am a photographer down in Orlando, Florida. I have a love for all things Star Wars. I am part of the 501st Legion, also known as Vader’s Fist. We are a worldwide costuming organization that does alot of work for charity. Last year we raised over $14 million dollars worldwide.

I love shooting at Disney and Star Wars events, every now and again I have a chance to shoot other things, but Disney and Star Wars are the main things.

On that note I am stopping the rambling.