How I got started
My first camera was a Canon Rebel Xs (a 35mm film camera) I received as gift in high school. I've been photographing people and places I love ever since.
Starting my photography journey with film taught me to enjoy the process. There's no instant gratification when you hear the shutter click. Instead, it takes waiting weeks (or months) to get it developed. Then you get the joy of looking at each grainy memory with a goofy smile on your face.
It also taught me to enjoy and capture the moment as it was happening... not to interrupt it for the 'perfect' shot. I didn't know it then, but that inspired much of my philosophy around photography and my approach to my work.