Started taking pictures back at Katsucon 2 with a camcorder. Then I purchased a 1 megapixel digital camera for $899.00 and it was the top of the line like your 18+ meg DSLRs today. Cosplay as Shampoo also starting at Katsucon 2. Been staffing conventions since 1995 and it somewhat limited my photography and cosplay. Co-founded Nekocon and was chairman of the convention in 2001 and 2002.
Went cold turkey in 2004 from anime. Got married, two wonderful kids. Came back to Nekocon in 2011. Worked as Dept. Head of VIP Ninjas for Katsucon 18 (2012) which did limit the amount of photos I could take.