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I’ve spoken before on how much I love candid photography, and I love the fleeting memories they represent.  Nothing lasts long, and we’re always moving forward in our lives; the world is constantly changing.

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Events take a lot of planning – anything from a trip to Japan to a wedding, from a birthday party to a convention – and the excitement building up to it is sometimes as enjoyable as the event itself.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

I love the weeks leading up to Christmas, where I can hang lights and shop for my loved ones, all in anticipation of one day.  I can’t get enough of the building excitement preceding a trip, thinking about the food, the sites, the experiences (and the photography, of course!).  And as much stress as it might be, I enjoy planning for events like Kumoricon.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

But for all the time invested into ensuring every minute detail is in place, the moment is temporary.  Even for something like a convention that spans three days, one feels the inexorable march of time forward, knowing that every minute experienced is one closer to it being over.  But for me, this is what makes the time all that more valuable, more precious.  It’s for this very reason that I love autumn so much.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

But I love the planning period because it stretches this time, and I can milk it for more than I’m given.  The anticipation adds to the enjoyment of the event itself.  This is why I find I have more fun at Halloween on the years when we visit the pumpkin patch and I spend weeks sewing a costume and the pumpkin spice and all things fall…. than the years when it simply sneaks up on me.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

I’m incurably nostalgic, and I love to relive my best memories as often as I can.  The best way I have found to doing that is through photography.  Photos last longer than the minutes, hours, days they summarize; they turn something ephemeral into something eternal.  They remind me of the best moments, distilling my life into an amazing slideshow, and I’ll continue to hold onto that and build upon it.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2016

But photography seldom captures the planning period.  I’m not prone to photographing myself researching the best arches to visit in Arches National Park.  But the pictures do capture the collected emotions stored in that moment, and those include the build-up that led to the execution of that final hike.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017
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These events pass us by so quickly.  But I find I can make them last just a little longer during the planning stage, and I can hold onto them forever through pictures.

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