Throwing My Hat in the Ring...
My journey started in the early 2000's. A friend of mine was taking photography classes as an elective in college and would at times discuss some of the finer points of photographic technique and theory; it all made sense in spite of my lack of equipment at that time. A few years later saw me in possession of a Nikon film SLR by way of a girlfriend that rarely used it. I found the knowledge gained from those aforementioned informal lessons immediately served me well; I was taking quality shots within a week or so and began delving into more advanced techniques pretty quickly.
To make a long story somewhat shorter...boy meets girl, boy loses girl and more importantly, camera too. So I take a few years off.
Disposable income eventually increases and the photography itch returns. SONY DSLR's, GoPros and eventually two Nikon bodies with all the lights and lenses and fun things to go with it just appear out of nowhere (amazing huh?).
I continue to shoot and edit almost daily, as I truly love the craft. The decision to become "pro" came at the encouragement of friends and after many "you should sell these." But it also came from my passion to capture and share images of places and people "in the moment".
I approach every photo shoot the same: capture and distill the essence of the moment or the individual. That's how I photograph friends and family and that's how I'll capture yours.