In October 2005, the photograph Removal, by David Nitsche, forever changed the way I perceive the world.  It was the 13th, a Thursday that was a superior fall day with crisp air and a vibrant blue sky.  Mother nature and Nitsche’s picture created a perfect day for revelation.

 The inspirational photo is a simple subject displayed with great detail and from a vantage point that had me reassessing the scenery on my walk home for lunch that day.

Suddenly, something as simple as pointing my cell phone camera in the direction of a tree lined street inspired me to not just snap pictures but to work toward becoming a skilled photographer.  I purchased my first point-and-shoot camera, a Nikon Coolpix 5600. 

That was just the beginning.

I turned to a mentor for help in growing as professional.  Bob Heffner, a colleague, had been taking pictures since the 1960’s.  He encouraged my new found hobby by loaning me a Nikon FM2 SLR film camera.  A few weeks later, I purchased a Nikon D70s digital SLR.

 The rest is history marked by equipment purchases, location scoping, anticipating perfect sunrises and sunsets, becoming a master in framing and matting, and overall developing a business based on a passion.