Photography wasn't something that came to me naturally. I received a camera for my 8th grade graduation, a Pentax K1000, which I still have. I didn't understand the concept of aperture, or ISO, depth of field, to even composition. Looking back through my old film pictures I have a lot of pictures of trees and plants, or sides of mountains or cliffs, stuff with real breathtaking potential, but composed in a way that I don't think anyone would be too thrilled with. But we all have to start somewhere, right? My mom is a picture taking fanatic so maybe it's in my blood?
Fast forward to 2002 and I got my first digital camera. A Minolta D'Image Xt. A little square point and shoot with a weird zoom lens that didn't extend out. I still have that one too, though it's sitting in a drawer now. One or two of the pictures on my site were actually taken with that camera. It was with that camera that i began to understand what was what, and what i liked to take pictures of. No one ever asked me to take pictures, I just did. Pictures of parties, little things in the garden, weird self portraits and of friends...And that's when the world started opening up to me, the things I could do, the perspectives I could get by changing one thing or another...like a painter using different paints or materials...except it was all packaged into one neat little gadget.