Xee Vang – 5 Days of Full Fashion Panic

This last Sunday was the annual Full Fashion Panic show, one of my absolute favourite fashion events of the year! Every year it highlights the incredible work of designers who are up-and-coming as well as the established artists, all under the supervision of designer Samantha Rei and Dr. Frenchy Lunning.

Photo by Drayke Larson - Photosynthetique.com

Photo by Drayke Larson – Photosynthetique.com

The 2015 show featured 5 talented designers so I will be posting images from the collections of 1 each day this week. At the end of the week, I’ll be posting many of the images to my Facebook page but to see them all, you’ll need to go to PhotoSynthetique on Flickr.

First up is Xee Vang, whose work is inspired by Asian street fashion. The bright and beautiful colours create a cohesive collection that is fun and stylish.

You can check out the entire set of images here on my Flickr account.

Summer Portrait Special


Javan is thoughtful in St. Paul

Hey Everyone!

As many of you know, I’ve had a very eventful spring working on video projects, catching up on several photo events, teaching and oh yes, getting married! My sister Carla has been similarly busy with her  music project (Geodesique), writing, school as well as being the best ma’am in my wedding. As a result, we haven’t been shooting anywhere near the FDA recommended daily dose of fun portraits!

Ordinarily we would charge a minimum of $250 for a standard portrait shoot but to celebrate summer, 4th of July and the upcoming CONvergence event, we’re lowering our portrait session prices to just $100! I don’t want to be stuck in a stuffy studio so I’m hoping to do these on-location somewhere while Carla would love to do a nice studio session with you, so we can help with just about any kind of images that you’re looking for. The only catch is that we have to schedule it between now and CON, which is 4th of July weekend, so you should contact one of us right away to get your shoot appointment on the books! If you want to see some of Carla’s work, you can see her work on Flickr or on Facebook, for mine the best places are either on one of my online portfolios (such as the one on my website) or on Facebook. Don’t be intimidated by some of the images you see in either of our portfolios, we work with people from all walks of life, from fashion models to families with kids and/or pets.


Corey and Anton

I especially want to hear from you if you happen to be a cosplayer, as I LOVE shooting cosplay! I’m a beginner cosplayer myself and I have so much fun working with those who want to capture the awesomeness of their newest work. With CONvergence and the San Diego Comic Con both coming up shortly, I know there are at least a few of you out there putting the finishing touches on your outfits and need some great photos of the whole thing!

You’ll get two hours of shooting time, all delivered images will be edited to ensure maximum quality and finish, and the completed high resolution images can be delivered either electronically or via DVD for an additional $10.

Best ways to contact Carla:

email: ladyfairshadow@gmail.com

facebook messenger: https://www.facebook.com/ladyfairshadow

phone: 651-343-0627

Best ways to contact me:

email: drayke@photosynthetique.com
facebook messenger: http://facebook.com/drayke
phone: 612-424-9760

Book your shoot today!


Some examples of Carla’s work:

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Some examples of my work:


Penny Dreadful hangs out in the kitchen


Jen V looks amazing in KMK Clothing


Stayce P appears to be up to something.

Meagan M

Meagan Marie looking sun-dappled

Devon at Nells

Devon N is hiding amongst the curtains of her friend Nell’s house

Additional Information: Additional charges may apply for transportation if your shoot is outside of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, if you would like to shoot with a party larger than 4 people. Other restrictions may apply.

Rivkah and Jordon

If you are a friend or family member of Rivkah and Jordon Johnson and wish to purchase a print or downloadable version of any of their wedding images, feel free to head over to my Smugmug account and grab whichever ones you like!

Daily B&W: Lara Croft

Thea Hildebrand as Lara Croft

Chances are that if this would apply to you, you’re already there, but if not: I have a room party (“partySynthetique”) at the Anime Detour convention this weekend! There will be food, music and of course lots of photos being taken! Come find me in one of the second floor cabanas and show me your totally sweet cosplay! 😀

Robot Lincoln

Sascha K of KMFDM

What a fantastic weekend! Friday night I had the opportunity to be an official be-photo-passed photographer at the Minneapolis show of my favourite band of all time, KMFDM. The show was amazing. They played many of the classics as well as the new stuff, and during the second song Sascha (vocalist, songwriter, keyboardist and original founding member) looked straight down at me and pointed at my camera.

It was an “OMG!” career moment. Special thanks to Megan Bishop of Apatico for making that happen. She is friends with William Wilson of Legion Within, who was touring with the band, and had passed my information on to their tour manager who put me on the guest list.

Getting kickass pictures of my heroes was not the only fun thing I was able to do this weekend though! Saturday afternoon I was offered the chance to take pictures at the 50th birthday of Meagan Marie’s mum at their gorgeous home in the north suburbs. I really

Meagan Marie

enjoyed myself and it was great getting to know Meagan a little better (Look for an awesome collaboration from us later this year.), and her parents are seriously adorable. I hope that Michelle and I are just as cute together after 31 years of marriage. Partway through the party, Meagan and I snuck away to get some beautiful, fashion-y photos of her in the picturesque bathroom there.

After all of that, Michelle and I had the pleasure of seeing Robot Lincoln: The ReVengeance, which was hilarious! I laughed so many times in that one hour. I was sad that it would be impolite to use your phone during the play because there were so many times that I wanted to tweet lines. Some winners for me were:

Robot Andrew Jackson: “One man, plus magnums, makes a majority.”


Robot George Washington: “I can not tell a lie, I’M GOING TO F%&$ING KILL YOU.”

plus casting Thomas Jefferson (“Jeffy”) as a female pimp was inspired.

Excellent writing, a talented and attractive cast, great music and costuming that was really well-done for what you could definitely tell was a shoe-string budget. Sometimes that worked in its favour, though. (Robot Lincoln: “I thought I was the pinnacle of tinfoil and cardboard steampunk technology!”) Overall, I loved the show, and I’m extremely sad that now Fringe has ended and I may never get to see it again. Here’s hoping that Dustin Jackson and Travis Berg find a way to make Robot Lincoln  rise a fourth time and show up somewhere online or at another festival.

After the play, the Libertine Asylum (the art collective which I am a member of) hosted the cast party! Sadly, I don’t have any real pictures of that part of the weekend because I decided to give my camera a brief break. It’s too bad because it was extremely fun!

Robot Lincoln City Pages signed by cast, crew and most of the Libertine Asylum

Everyone that I met from the cast and crew was incredibly nice, and you could tell from their enthusiasm that they are very serious about their art. They were all very friendly and were grateful for the Asylum’s part in hosting their afterparty. And the cheesecake! OMG, that cheesecake! Robb Krueger, the show’s composer, had made it and it was absolutely heavenly. I want the recipe so that I can become a 500lb behemoth eating nothing but that cheesecake. SO YUMMY.

I also wanted to give a special thank you to Sabra Jewell Love. She is the Asylum’s PR person and she is absolutely spectacular at it! She was the one who coordinated with the Robot Lincoln crew to make the cast party happen, and essentially laid all the groundwork for it to happen. She is a fantastic organizer, and should you ever need any kind of event services, hiring her could very well be the best thing you could do!