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Portrait of Kenshin's Family by behindinfinity Portrait of Kenshin's Family by behindinfinity
I suppose this photo can be considered a follow-up to this :pointr: [link]

The residents of Kamiya dojo (including the friendly neighborhood freeloader) finally get around to taking a proper portrait together. Kaoru takes extra measure to ensure that Yahiko stands still. Kenshin is grateful that he now has people to do thing like this with. Sano tries very hard to hide the fact that he's afraid of getting his picture taken, but already has one foot out to make it easier to run in case the camera really does try to steal his soul.


I recently found myself fascinated by Meiji Era photography. They look very distinct, especially the hand-colored prints that are reminiscent of ukiyo-e. This website has some excellent examples: [link] (you get a different set of photos every time you refresh the page)

Rurouni Kenshin was set in that time period, so I thought I'd try editing one of our cosplay pictures to look like a weathered monochrome print from back then. I tried to imagine a person - perhaps a distant descendant - looking around somewhere that used to be known as the Kamiya dojo, finding a memento of the people who used to call that place home.


:iconbehindinfinity: myself as Himura Kenshin
:iconmerkymerx: as Sagara Sanosuke
:iconmoonlightflight: as Kamiya Kaoru
:bulletblack: Ysabel [link] as Myojin Yahiko
:camera: photography by Sandee ~littlesailboat
:bulletwhite: [link]


Rurouni Kenshin photoshoot:
:star-empty: Kenshin-gumi
:star-empty: Heart of Sword
:star-empty: Who Are You Protecting?
:star-empty: Days to Remember
:star-empty: Myojin Yahiko: I Need To Get Stronger
:star-empty: Sagara Sanosuke: Fists of Conviction
:star-empty: Himura Kenshin: Remembrance
:star-empty: Departure
:star-empty: Portrait of Kenshin's Family
:star-empty: You By My Side

:postit: Additional photos and photoshoot outtakes are here: [link]


Rurouni Kenshin © 和月 伸宏 (Watsuki Nobuhiro)
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:iconisshinyukki:
isshinyukki Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh~ the first photo of Kenshin's family on dA! <3
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Sacha31 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool picture!!
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DeidreAngel Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student General Artist
how do you do the scar make-up?
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:iconlywt:
lywt Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist
Awesome!! Kenshin's one of my favorite series; you guys really did it well.
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Zirna1980 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Wow!!! It's sooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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KMPK Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
That photo is the best for me! Kenshin is a really good manga/anime !! :meow:
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mzclark Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
awesome idea. whats so great is in the series the camera was very new in Japan. Sanosuke was afraid to take a picture but he was forced to anyway :D
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meimei808 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
adorable!
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misaitachilove Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
OMGS SO CUTTEEE
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tingc888 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this photo. I think you captured the "long ago memory" impression you wanted. :)
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oscar-ojisan Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012   Artist
thats cool ^^
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Kurara-Himura Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
so awesome and adorable! ^^
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Flower-of-Grace Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
You did a very good job aging the photo I will check out your link to the Meji era photos and drawing to see how close you really got with the aging.
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distillme Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
awesome job! i love it! :) great cosplay too!
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Sesshomarusama3 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
so cute! and awsome!
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ScrollPirate Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
So Awesome!!!
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DameMochi Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
This looks like something right out of the anime :love: GREAT JOB! :D
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FallenAngelGM Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
Outstanding!
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secondnaturecosplay Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
I love this picture :heart: It's so beautiful, and you did a great editting job on it~
You make such a great Kenshin! All of you do justice as the characters! I really love the expressions and poses you guys have. I'm actually not sure how to compliment this picture~ It's great and epic and amazing and I'm going to fav it~ :heart: I love Ruronin Kenshin, myself, which gives me a greater appreciation of your cosplays and photographs.

:heart: Flicker
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iwillburnyou Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Totally awesome :la:
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AiNatsu Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student Filmographer
OMG!!! i cannot believe this i know that kid except that it's not her XD sooo freaky
i found her doppleganger
all in all i love this picture!!!
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ladez12 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
this is cute :)
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uchiha-iya Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
this is totally nice. You actually looked like Kenshin.. should have lowered the robe to hide the white thing.. i dunno how it was called. :|
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CHCHcartoons Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
I love Yahiko's face. He's like, "Please get this ugly girl off of me".
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Botan007 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
AMAZING!!!!!
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:iconlucyha:
lucyha Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
You have that perfect 'I'm just a friendly samauri' look on your face. Wonderful cosplays.
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TrungLee Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Ohhhhhhh~
amazing ^^
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Dragonela Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
awwwww
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SABB-san Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
best kenshin cosplay have ever seen o.ob
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:iconaudio-redux:
Audio-Redux Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You guys never fail to impress. It's skilled cosplayers like you that really make me want to give cosplay a try.
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axcvilla Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm not really sure whether Kaoru or Yahiko would look like that in a photo but that being said, everyone is sooo in character. UH-MAZING. >_<
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ANTi-DAMAGE Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg!! u really look like the real Kenshin :iconhurrhurrplz: xDD
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Arctic-Misao Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hahaha u look sooo like Kenshin OMG!
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Yggdrasil-of-Mitho Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're kenshin???
...ur a bishie!!!
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cat-gray-and-me78 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Student General Artist
Such a charming look into a past that should have been. Really feels authentic.

I wonder if they had hair gel back in the Meiji era?
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paganprincess-aeris Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
I've been re-watching the series and have been planning to cosplay my favorite character, Misao the past few days. Searching the net for reference pictures I passed by this and remembered a certain close-up photo of your Rurouni Kenshin cosplay.. it was the first Samurai X cosplay I ever saw. I remember when my friend Mitchi showed that picture of you -it was from your LJ account if I remember right- and I was so amazed. I said something like, "He's the human version of Kenshin!!" -haha, sorry for the ignorance, but I was amazed beyond words xD

Your photos and journal entries made us inspired to pursue this hobby (back then we thought cosplay isn't for us because we don't have any means and/or talent..) and looking at this now I feel happy that despite some mean comments in some of your deviations you still find it in your hearts to share these wonderful pictures and journals. Thank you for that and I hope to see and read more from you and your wonderful group soon. I think you mentioned in one of these photos that you hope to do another photoshoot? I think.^^ I'd be looking forward to see more. When I look at your photos and journals (as well as Ysabel's ♥) it's like cosplaying is the most fun hobby in the world. :)

By the wayyy, I randomly saw a picture of your group with a Misao cosplayer before, from a random blogger's convention report -sorry, an attack of memory gap!-, but now I can't seem to find a copy of it even in the galleries. D: If you get to read this -I fear this comment may be drowned in your inbox if it's full of comments and favs, aaack- can I please please see it? :] ..or maybe I just need to rest my eyes a bit and search later. haha. RK marathon for the whole morning s a bit exhausting ^_^;

Oops, looks like this comment's already too long. I apologize but I hope you don't mind. :p

-Justine
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shion83 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
:heart:
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sumiYummyy Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
the new old photo..love it..^_^
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Anthropologist-chef Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
I love the legitimate clothing. I get a little annoyed by the cosplays that don't understand what a hakama and hakamashita look like haha. I very much like this though, from a cosplay perspective and a photography perspective :)
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JKat0 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
the old style photo definitely adds the finishing touch. Love it!
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georgia-conroy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Professional Photographer
Saw this image show up again in my Fav's and it looks so real. Have to congratulate you again on a great image!
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XxxEclipseNightxxX Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Student Filmographer
Aw so cute X3
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Kso-Zzzz Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
Very nice photo...Like your cosplay
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Commander-of-Otaku Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
oh wow lol that is so cool! definite fave! thats just too awesome! they all look perfect! :O
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ooamaimomooo Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist
this is amazing cosplay. holy crap. i looove this. best rurouni kenshin and sanosuke i've ever seen. wooooow. i love how you made it look like an old time photo too since the story's set back in the early eras of japan... i really love this. :+fav:
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tehfishdrowned Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
this is the BEST RK cosplay I've seen!! the people in the picture actually look like the characters, and they're good looking too :)
I've seen some terrifying things in RK cospay... like a fat, balding Sano with a hairy chest.. SHUDDER
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ooamaimomooo Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist
LAWL. fat sano with a hairy chest!!! i sort of want to see. XD
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Sundoggie Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
Yahiko is great on this pic!! ^_______^
U all great!!
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fataltalon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
wonderful!
you make an AMAZING kenshin
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D-Fallen-Angel Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
Seriously, the best Kenshin cosplay picture I've seen in ages!
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