When I was 10 I got my first camera as a birthday present. It was one of those thin rectangle cameras that many children of the late 70's and early 80's got as gifts. It had no moving parts (except the manual winder for the film), and used oddly shaped film cartridges called '110's.' Even with a cheap plastic camera it was a strangely powerful experience for me to point it at something, push the button, and hear that audible *click* as the shutter exposed the film and a moment in time was captured forever on film. Pure magic occurred. I didn't understand a thing about photography yet, but I was hopelessly hooked.
Fast forward... I've been taking pictures for 25 years now... some of those years as a professional, many as an enthusiastic amateur. I studied Photography at the University of Washington under some amazing professors and mentors. Along the way I've shot thousands of rolls of film, and since the 'digital age' of photography have shot tens-of-thousands more frames on all manner of digital camera, from the almost-disposable, to the heart-stoppingly expensive. Since that birthday all those years ago, the cameras and equipment have gotten a lot more sophisticated and my photography skills and experience have grown. But it's the *click* of the shutter and the magic of capturing a moment in time that still has me hopelessly hooked.
Professionally I hold membership in the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), INPRO Northwest, as well as the Spokane, Washington Chamber of Commerce.