I am a lifelong photographer. I bought my first little camera when I was about nine with some saved allowance and a little help from Mom. I remember showing her the little instamatic in TG&Y and persuading her that I needed it. It used 110 film and cost about $7.99. (I have it right here on my desk, more than 40 years later.) I loved having my own camera and became the family photographer. I entered some 4H photography contests, took many, many photos of friends, pets, trees, whatever I could find, and eventually worked as a photographer in college. After college came career, kids, houses, moves, PTA boards, and Girl Scout troops. I worked as a clinical laboratory scientist, an operations manager for a touring opera company, and in a public health agency. And, I was still the family photographer. When I started volunteering with North high school theatre, I fell in love with the beautiful lighting and captured moments of theatre photography.