I have attended a cosplay picnic at Toronto Centre Island almost every summer since I started cosplaying, and this year was no different. The island is a pretty versatile location for photos between the parks, gardens, beaches, fountains, midway/rides, and petting zoo... and I just think it's an enjoyable place to spend the day!
I feel like I ended up going a little overboard this year though, since I doubled-up on costumes for the first time, and ended up booking 3 shoots as well. I won't normally book more than one shoot per convention/event, mostly for budget reasons, but also because I stress out trying to make sure I have enough time for everything, especially at the island where some travel is involved. In the end, I wore Cersei (got first stage of embroidery - sleeves - done just in time) and then L.A. Woman Kate Bishop, because I figured that Cersei would be too hot to comfortably wear all day, and I was right. In Cersei I shot with Alex Rose in one of the gardens, with SleepyMeow at the hedge maze, and snagged some nice unplanned photos with The Video Ninja, Everage, Very Frank, Joe's Garage, and ZombieKat89 before changing into the very comfortable Kate Bishop outfit.
I hadn't planned on actually getting photos in Kate, since it's a very casual costume I only brought to be comfy while still cosplaying, but luckily for me the timing worked out for my shoot with Burditt, and I also got to shoot again with Paul Hillier and Everage.
Both my Cersei gallery and my Hawkeye gallery have been updated with some of my favourite photos from the event, but the gallery below includes a lot more of the fun shots from the day ^_^
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