Growing up in upstate New York I was always an active kid. Playing baseball, soccer, hockey, you name it! New tech and "grown up" toys have always fascinated me, especially cameras. My first pro camera I held was in high school. My ex girlfriend had a pro camera that she let me play around with. She taught me the basics of rule of thirds and exposure. I quickly fell in love with the camera and as soon as the next Christmas I had my own.