I've been shooting now for about 14 years. Most of those as a hobby and maybe the last 5 professionally. Got me thinking about how this whole career started. Almost by accident really.
People have stories about how they started shooting at 5 years old. Or how in high school they worked on the photo crew. I didn't even really pick up a camera till I was around 25 years old. At the time I was woking for a company called Paychex. They did payroll processing. A good friend there named Steve was a photographer. He was going to the coast one weekend and asked if I'f like to go along. Not really having any gear I went and bought a Canon Elan IIe. I didn't even know what film to buy so I asked Steve. He suggested slide film. So that was what I always bought to shoot on.
After I got the roll of film back that following week I was hooked. Not only about the process but by the constant desire to always want to shoot better then the next guy. That eventually turned into wanting to shoot what I wanted for myself.
I owe a lot to Steve for putting me on the path I'm on now. And more for being my first mentor when I didn't have a clue what I was doing.
Nothing like having slides scattered on a light table and seeing your work in vivid color.
These are from that first few rolls of film I shot at the Oregon Coast with Steve back in 2001.
After that I also started to experiment with all kinds of techniques I could. From that point on I always had a camera with me.
And at the time I started working for my dad's company building log homes. I'd shoot what I could from time to time. But it wasn't till I started working with people that I realized how fun and how challenging it could be. And still is.