I grew up as the son of a preacher, but don't hold that against me, please. Haha. My parents had several cameras, including one of the first Polaroid instant cameras. They bought the kids all 110 cartridge cameras, and there was nothing more exciting than getting home from a family vacation and getting the film developed. Sometimes we didn't even remember taking certain pictures, but we sure remembered the experiences. When I reached high school, I was introduced to photography on a whole other level. As a junior in high school, I took a photography class with Mr. Bardonner. We used Pentax K-1000s, which is a 35mm film SLR camera. That's when I fell in love with photography. During that first class, I learned not only how to create and take great photographs, but also how to develop the film and make prints. From those humble beginnings, my love of photography grew, as did my appetite to take great photos.
I joined the Army National Guard the summer between my junior and senior year,. After I graduated from high school, I spent the following summer in Advanced Training. It was there, at Fort Dix, New Jersey, that I purchased my very own first camera, the trusty Pentax K-1000. I took thousands of pictures with that camera. I still have my Pentax K-1000 along with several lenses and accessories.
As my photography progressed, several family members and friends asked me to shoot their weddings and family sessions. And later, after I got married and my wife and I decided we wanted to have children, I knew I wanted to be able to capture all of the memories and experiences of my child. Film was just too expensive to process so just before my son was born, I made the leap to a digital camera. After several point-and-shoot digital cameras, I finally purchased a digital SLR camera. While styles and the medium have changed, the fundamentals of photography haven't changed. Getting the digital SLR rekindled my passion for photography.
As a photographer, I really enjoy getting unique shots and looking for things that other people don't really see. I would love to add my artistic flair to your photos as well.