I took somewhat of a different approach to this year's Fanime. I was sent to cover MusicFest and of course, that was my first
priority. I considered the rest of my time to be "leisure time". Instead of spending most of my free time roaming the halls and
taking cosplay photographs, I chose to instead do private photo shoots and then put the camera away when I wasn't doing them.
This was the most relaxing Fanime that I've experienced and that was because I chose to have it that way. It gave me a lot of
time to socialize and do more of a variety of things. In all, I'd say it was "different" in a good way. The whole experience started
on Day 0, driving up from Los Angeles in a makeshift caravan with a few carloads of friends. There were swimming pool and
jacuzzi times. I participated in a 4-mile run on Sunday morning with a few other fitness-minded attendees. There were plenty of
new experiences this year. I've been going to conventions for many years and it was a lot of fun to do a bunch of somewhat
random things. There was also a lot more time for shopping. I actually bought some stuff from Artists Alley, the swap meet, and
exhibit hall. I usually never buy stuff at a convention. There was gaming and karaoke fun. I always love the game room at
Of course, taking photos was still a big part of the convention for me. I really enjoyed doing my private shoots and learning a lot
of things. They way I do my convention photography these days is so different from what I was doing even 2 or 3 years ago. I'm
really enjoying it. It's always fun to try new things in photography. Years ago, I would spend a few seconds with a cosplayer and
take a few photos of them on the spot. Now, I'm doing photo shoots that can last several hours. It's quite a change. It's a lot
slower paced and involves carrying a ton of equipment all over the place, but it's very rewarding. I really appreciate the
cosplayers who were willing to spend so much time with me to get these photos taken. I know that it's very difficult to spare so
much time for a photo shoot at such a busy convention and I hope the results were what they had hoped for. Most likely, this
style of convention shooting is what I will be doing until the day I give it up. I'm actually surprised that I ended up with so many
photos, but as long as I'm productive, I'm happy.
Whether I'm doing press coverage or not next year, I hope to return to Fanime in 2012. It's always worth the trip.
|Bonus pic. I didn't know where else to put it.