I was lucky enough to get a camera when I was young. Nothing fancy, I believe it was a Disney camera. It took 110 film which I'm not even sure they make any more. My grandmother thought I had a good eye. Being a passionate and talented photographer she pressed for me to get more involved in photography. Talking about photography with her was a great bonding tool and a great deal of enjoyment as well. Her support and guidance were my first introductions to photography and an ever lasting influence.
I got my first SLR before returning to my senior year of college, a Nikon N75 which I still own and revert to when I damage and or lose my digital camera of the moment. From there my passion grew and switching to digital a couple years later allowed me to shoot away. And shoot away I did.
Photography agrees with my philosophy of life. I believe we speed through our lives too often without taking the time to enjoy the beauty around us. Photography makes you slow down and see everything in a new light, literally. I am an avid traveler (the picture on the right is with my partner on top of Machu Picchu[I am the guy]) and animal lover. Animals tend to be my favorite subject to shoot (I frequent my local zoo often). I also scuba dive which I hope one day to be able to combine with my photography passion.