Tell us about your background. How did you get into photography?
Photography was something that was introduced to me at a very young age. I grew up watching both my father and brothers develop their own black and white photographs they took, and later on, my father dabbled in developing his own color prints. I always found it fascinating watching my father put a piece of paper into some liquid (developer) and it slowly started to show an image.
I also remember thinking we would all die when my father would slam on his brakes on a highway and pull over to the side of the road to get a shot! I grew up in Montreal, Canada and we had beautiful mountains that, in the fall, turned into an absolutely beautiful painting. Caught at the perfect time (height of color) if I didn’t see it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t believe the colors could be real.
I always enjoyed taking photos, always had some kind of point and shoot but I didn’t really have any desire to do anything with them. Fast forward many years, moved to Edmonton Alberta, Canada, kids grew up, moved out and we finally started to travel. We love to cruise and I just love being in a new port with new photo opportunities daily.
I was frustrated with my point and shoot as I couldn’t get close enough to anything and really wanted a zoom lens. My first DSLR was purchased about nine years ago with a zoom lens. I kept it in “auto”, so proud of the pictures I was getting—not when I look back at them now!
Fast-forward again to about four summers ago, I had my staff over for a BBQ at my house and I pulled out my camera and began to take photos. One of the girls started asking me questions about the camera and it came out that I was shooting in auto. She just looked at me and asked why I would have such an expensive piece of equipment and not use it to its potential. DARE ON!!! I am very competitive with myself and from that day forward I made it my mission to learn how to shoot in manual.