Coming to the end of 2015, and the beginning of a blog...
Let's start at the beginning, shall we? (I'll give you the short, condensed version).
I have been a professional photographer for over 6 years. I am self-taught. I did not go to college, attend classes, or anything. I read books, online tutorials, and I practiced.
I picked up my first 35mm film camera from my father when I was a child. I took photos of everything I could find. Flowers, horses, my family, still life objects...everything. The biggest pain in the neck was having to drop the film off at the local pharmacy to get developed and wait several days before I could see if any of my photos actually amounted to anything. Which, 50-60% (or more in some cases) of them were garbage.
As I grew, and as technology changed, the wonderful world of digital cameras was born. Who could ever imagine instant gratification of knowing what your photos look like the instant you took them? Amazing. I bought my first "high-end" digital SLR (a Nikon D40) from a little camera shop San Francisco several years ago. Luckily, I had great subject matter to practice on for a few days; the Golden Gate Bridge. Boy, was I horrible! But I was determined to learn this new, glorious piece of equipment, and I did.
I practiced, and practiced, and practiced until my poor camera couldn't take much more. I put thousands of actuations through that camera. And, a few years later, I decided to start a business. Did I mention I practiced...A LOT?
Going through all of the proper channels to make my business official, it was "born" in October of 2009.
Today, I shoot Canon cameras, have an extensive resume of wedding, portraiture, and event photography under my belt, and have participated in several gallery shows.
And every day my knowledge and experience continues to expand, and I practice!