My first real camera was purchased from a pawn shop in Nashville, Tennessee. I bought it to use in a black and white photography course that I was taking at Vanderbilt University. Drawing was my first love and then I dabbled in painting. Photography came next. In the class, we used film (this was before digital photography even existed) and developed our own prints in a dark room. My camera wasn't the best and my technical skills were limited. Even so, I got an A in the class. Fast forward to 2004 when I bought my first digital camera in San Diego, California after completing a semester and a half of law school. With digital, there was the opportunity to take more photos at less cost and, even more importantly, to be very creative with editing photos. Suddenly, my photography bug and artistic passion were more closely wed. I could create more in less time and space than ever before. How exciting! Another reason I began to fall more deeply in love with photography was because it got me out into the world and helped me connect with others, including meeting people I might not have ever met otherwise. Photography remains my favorite hobby and I love having the opportunity to share my vision and creations with all of you!