My interest in photography started about 12 years ago, when my wife bought me a Kodak Disc camera for my birthday. I discoverd that I really enjoyed taking photographs, and that I had a natural ability. Soon after I bought a Minolta X-370 (which I still use today) and started taking some college courses in photography. It was about that time that I thought about pursuing photography as a career. A high-school aquaintance, Bob Howard (CPP, Master Photographer), took me under his wing and started teaching me about the craft. After 3 years of Bob's teaching, he convinced me to try to get my Certified degree from PPA. It was NOT easy. It took me the better part of 1 and 1/2 years to finally earn my degree. I have a newfound respect for those who have earned their degree, and more for those who have expanded beyond it by earning their "Masters" or "Fellowship" degrees. Currently I am working for Bob on a part-time basis and doing about 90% of his b&w darkroom work. Hopefully the market will expand to the point where I can work for Bob fulltime.