For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in photography. Even though it was not introduced to me as a child, I have always loved looking at photographs and composing shots. I remember playing with my parents’ small Kodak Instamatic camera that used individual flash cubes and being excited that the next family camera used a bar of flash bulbs and thinking it was advanced technology. My first camera was a Kodak Disc Camera. It was a perfectly terrible camera but I loved it anyway. My Disc fit in my pocket and took pictures that were perfect for a young kid in the early 1980’s. It’s funny how kids today all have their own small cameras/phones in their pockets that take amazing pictures. As I grew up, I only thought about photography sporadically, unless, of course, I was on a trip. I still loved composing images and would even practice composing images without a camera.
When I had children, it rekindled my interest in photography. I wanted to be able to capture them and the moments of their childhoods. This reset my learning curve and I started teaching myself from scratch. At this point I had acquired (permanently borrowed) my mother's 35mm Canon AE1 and I transitioned to learning digital photography from there. My original goal was focused on (no pun intended) taking good pictures of my daughters. As they grew and their activities increased, so did my camera equipment/arsenal. I have been slowly upgrading and adding to my equipment over the past 15 or more years.
Today, I use my Canon 7D Mark 2 most often. This is Canon's top of the line crop sensor camera that is great for shooting wildlife. It shoots at an amazing 10 frames per second and is perfect for catching birds in flight. The Mark 2 is also great at capturing my daughters as they dance, tap and leap through the air. After acquiring the Mark 2 camera body I completed my lens collection with some of Canon's Pro L series lenses. Today I love all types of photography from birds and other animals to portraits and landscapes. I love trying to capture new types of imagery, learning new techniques and advancing my photography skills. There are endless possibilities!