I started taking pictures seriously in the mid 1990's. I was looking for more than my little point and shoot camera could give. So I ventured out and purchased a Canon IX Lite with a few extra lenses. I read a few beginners books and started shooting. Look at the Dune Grass picture under the "Beaches and Sunsets/Sunrises" page to see a picture from my first roll with this new camera. That is still one of my favorites.
The shutter bug had bitten and I was looking for more. I soon enrolled in the New York Institute of Photography and received a degree in the spring of 2002. I have since taken another class at Betterphoto.com. The class was very helpful and I look forward to taking moire classes with them.
I have since upgraded my equipment a couple of times, and have currently settled on a Canon 6D Full Frame digital camera. I also have a small assortment of lenses and other little toys to allow for my close up macro pictures, among other things. Since my business has been picking up and as well as my knowledge, I bought some new lenses to help me grow more. I settled on a Tamron 28-70 and a 70-200 mm lens, both having a 2.8 aperture. I also have a Canon 17-40 L lens for real estate and other wide angle photography. Of course, with bigger lenses, I needed a better tripod. I have always preferred to use a tripod, but never realized the difference a quality tripod can make. My old tripod could not support the new lenses. So I did some research and picked a Manfrotto / Bogen tripod.
Seeking work from various avenues, I have found work through Thumbtack. They have been helping small businesses for several years now. I joined in 2012 and starting in 2015 have become a "Best of" on their site. You can visit my Thumbtack profile and see reviews from satisfied customers.
Besides photographing scenic, nature and portrait photography, I also have portfolios on various Stock Agencies. You can view my portfolios from iStock, Dreamstime and Shutterstock by clicking one of the links below.