Through my journey to becoming a photographer I have found such great people and friends that are always willing to lend a helping hand. I’d just like to say thank you to everyone and that I appreciate the help and support you all have given me over the years. Through many years of study and practice I have developed an artistic side of life that continues to grow. Given a pencil and a pad of paper as a babysitter, when my parents were going through college, I took advantage of my time to develop and learn to draw. I continued drawing but more as a time killer when there was nothing better to do. Purchased my first camera in Okinawa Japan from a Sergeant that needed some extra cash for Christmas. A fully manual Nikon F1 with a 200 mm lens and a 50 mm lens was what began my journey into photography. While not school trained (at the time) I burned through film through trial and error of settings. fumbling with combinations of settings to find out I ruined yet another roll of film. Then things began to “click” one at a time pictures were starting to get better and settings were beginning to make sense. I still did not understand the how or why it all worked just knew that when given a certain light or situation I would put a setting that worked for the last time I shot that same type of shot. In 1995 I enrolled into the NYIP course but unfortunately went through a divorce and my camera and course were then gone. I went back to sketching and exploring my art skills again. Finally in 2007 I purchased my first DSLR a Nikon D40X. Entry level as it was it was just the thing I needed to spark my passion again for photography. I again enrolled into the New York Institute of Photography Professional course in 2010. 2011 I purchased my current camera a Nikon D7000. My background in film and manual settings greatly excelled me in my knowledge and understanding of how the camera works and how the different setting interact. Half way through my studies to becoming a pro photographer and I am having a blast! I have met some wonderful people in my adventures and look forward to my continued learning.