I received my first camera when I was 12. It was an Instamatic with the disposable flash cubes. However, it wasn't until many years later that I took my first photography class when I lived at Lake Tahoe - I was hooked when I printed my first image in the dark room!
While in Tahoe, I worked for the Tahoe Adaptive Ski School/Disabled Sports USA (now Achieve Tahoe) at Alpine Meadows. In addition to the snow skiing, they also held water-ski clinics in the Sacramento area. It was at one of the water-ski clinics where I truly fell in love with photography. One of the volunteers asked me to use his camera (high end Canon) to take pictures at a clinic. I was over the moon when I was able to capture the joy on the participants faces; faces of people who might live their day to day life in a wheelchair, but were "free" as they navigated the water on a sit-down ski.
My style is more candid, or lifestyle, and my main goal is to tell a story through my photography.