Alice in Wonderland Cosplay in Hanford, California

My mum made this costume for me for Halloween of 2007. After wearing it to the mall for a costume contest, and having tons of little kids asking for my picture thinking I was the real Alice, I decided to apply for work at Disneyland (something I’d wanted to do since I was a little kid).

After moving to Southern California to work at Disney – and subsequently meeting Jonathan in Anaheim in 2008 – I decided to pull out this old costume for the Halloween of 2010, upgrade the wig, and give it another go, this time with Jonathan as the Mad Hatter and our good friend Eric as the March Hare. ^_^

We decided to do our photoshoot at Hidden Valley Park in Hanford, CA. There was a perfect area for the shoot, a square of flat ground surrounded by bushes and trees. I borrowed my parents picnic bench and my coworkers folding tables, and we used a medley of my parents and my own chairs. We’d been collecting tea cups and tea pots from thrift stores for weeks leading up to the shoot, so we had a nice little collection. Mum pitched in some spoons and we picked up the pink table cloths at the dollar store.

It was really sunny and due to various work schedules, we had to do the shoot in the worst part of the day lighting-wise. Some friends held up reflecting sheets to control the shadows and help with props, so we had some mild success in the lighting of the photoshoot. This also started the process of investing more and more planning into following shoots. During the shoot my mum brought us some pizzas for a picnic in the park, so it was a rather lovely unbirthday of a day. The marvelous part of this shoot? We only broke one saucer during the whole day!

Oh, and the “tea” in the pictures? Diet Coke and water. ^_^

Gingi Freeman

Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at or via the contact form on her website at

3 thoughts on “Alice in Wonderland Cosplay in Hanford, California

  • 28 January, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Alice in WOnderland is definitely my ‘alter ago’ – I often feel like her and I run behind a white rabbit – hehe. These costumes are lovely, I can see where you are coming from. I’m so far to being able to sew something that I can just admire haute couture works and people who knows what we are talking about. Have a fabulous day. xxx mari

    • 28 January, 2015 at 5:48 pm

      Awww, Alice is my favorite too! (Obviously!) hehe!

  • 18 April, 2016 at 3:15 am

    As someone who does not cosplay but can understand to an extent why people do it
    )i’m a massive fangirl of the tv show Supernatural =D ) I do not however have any idea what people say to each other while playing? Do you quote lines from scenes or create your own universe and subsequently the dialouge to go along with it? Thanx in advance if you answer.

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