After being behind on photos for a while, my backlog is actually, to my knowledge, done.
Those of you following my site will probably notice that I managed to do this by not taking many photos at cons for the last little while, and that'll be the continuing trend for convention shoots.
I've been keeping my con photos to non-profit and fun since 2002 when I started going to cons, and while it has been fun, I need a break. For me, the conventions and the photos have always been about fun - the chaos of making a shoot happen, the people I get to work with, trying crazy new things to see what would happen, and seeing how all the people can come together to make the shot that everyone thinks is awesome. I've never been about money, or being some sort of "big name", and I never tried to chase that sort of thing - hell, it's why I never even bothered to watermark my images. At this time, however, I won't be bringing my camera to all cons or events, because I need that space to keep it fun.
(And since someone will inevitably accuse this of being a stunt or dramatics relating to the current debate over paid cosplay photography, I assure you it isn't - this decision is months if not years in the making, I was just waiting for my backlog to be done to talk about it. This recent debate is just making my feelings a lot less mixed on the whole thing)
If you have a cool idea for meeting up for photos, drop me a line. If this cool idea happens to coincide with a convention time and space, drop me a line too and we can see. I know my camera will be coming with me for Old Montreal at Otakuthon at the very least, but I'm planning to make photos at cons the rare exception, not the rule. My deviantart will stay active, hell, it'll probably get more active, as I start trying to get back to making and posting other things.
Anyway, it's been fun - over ten years, somewhere at 100,000-200,000 photos taken, two hard drives full of non-discards, hundreds of shoots, dozens of friends and countless photos with a story behind them. Maybe the higher volume of shoots will begin again, maybe they won't, because it's all about having fun.
See you at con.