|Friends don't let friends forget to have fun.|
Lolita should be fun. Photography should be fun. Sometimes, I think that people forget this.
I got into both of these for my own enjoyment, and they have continued to buoy me in those times where I was down on myself for one reason or another. I have met new and amazing people through both hobbies, and continually find myself trying to learn new things and improve in both.
The only truly negative aspect that I find in lolita and photography is that there is a level of pretension that sometimes seems to be deeply ingrained. I won't call it a type of elitism, because it isn't a matter of being better than anyone else. Rather, it's a feeling that some of the people I have met in these circles suffer from some sort of hobby-induced anxiety. They worry that a lack of acceptance within the social circles of that hobby or interest means an end of their existence, or a black mark on their reputation.
I feel like there are many people who take lolita or their photography too seriously and forget what drew them in to begin with. Especially in the case of lolita, I feel that people should take a deep breath, and let it carry away their tension when they let it out. For a fashion so devoted to whimsy and happiness, I find that there are a lot of sour-faced participants.
That said, I am neither a professional photographer, nor a particularly stunning lolita, so perhaps I'm able to divorce myself from the need to treat them as the end all and be all of my life. Naturally I feel a great deal of pride and pleasure when it comes to the things I do, so I happily provide my insight on things or write how-to articles. However, I do so not because I want recognition or accolades, but because I enjoy writing about these things and want to create a forum in which to share my experiences with others, and have them do so in return.
On that note, I take this opportunity to open the floor to those of you reading this: if you have your own tips or suggestions, requests for an article topic, or advice even that you'd offer me to improve, please say so.
I am always open to new ideas, and certainly not so proud as to say I have no need of them. :)