My background as a photographer comes from my family. My grandfather loved taking pictures of everything and particularly of his travel. I grew up with that and began taking pictures with a baby box camera at 6 years old. My father was a commercial artist and used photography and graphic design in his work. He also shot as a hobby and really helped to get me into it. As a teenager I got in to black and white film and learned to do my own lab work in high school. Later I loved to shoot 35mm slides and did so for many years. Somewhere after the children began to grow, the cameras I used got simpler and my photography boiled down to ‘we were there’ and family functions. This all changed five years ago when I got my first DSLR a Pentax K10d. Now I have three DSLRs, three 35mm film camera, a 645 and a 6×7 medium format camera, and about 50 lenses. Apparently I’m hooked on photography.