Anime Weekend Atlanta has come and gone once again, and this year I didn’t get to shoot any “candid” shots, but instead shot a coordinated photoshoot for Naruto cosplayers, and unfortunately it killed my desire to shoot anything else during the weekend. It’s not the organizer’s fault, really. It was a really large turnout at a convention. The problem was with everyone else with a camera or phone. There were three photographers who volunteered to do this shoot, and as such, these photographers should be able to move freely and get the shots they want / need to get. For about the first half hour, this wasn’t really possible due to other people stepping in front of us, pushing us out of the way, or just sitting where we wanted to move to. We attempted to move the people back some, but after about five minutes, the problem returned. It got to the point where I pulled the other two photographers in front of the group and explained that we needed room to move around. Did it help? Not much, sadly.
I don’t mind others taking shots, but at the very least allow the volunteers to get the shots they need / want and don’t impede them. Honestly, I don’t know that I’d do another one in this setting, simply because it got to be quite annoying really quick and I’m not sure how happy I’m going to be with the shots I did get. On the bright side, now with fall here I can start doing the shoots I’ve been meaning to do.
I didn’t attend a single panel this convention, and honestly I’m okay with that. I spent most of the time wandering around checking things out or just people watching. I had wanted to get photos, but see above for why that didn’t happen. I got to spend some time with important people in my life, so overall it’s a win.