....after years of school both in the United States and England, one of my very first jobs was at a Photography Studio down in Birmingham called Olan Mills. I started there as a Sales Trainee, then promoted up to Sales Manager and soon was running the studio. I learned quite a lot of the business of a studio here and talked with the photographer a lot and grew familiar with lighting set ups and backdrops. It is here where my love developed for photography as I saw the faces of the clients that came in and how their faces lit up when they would see their images of their loved ones being displayed. To get me in the right frame of mind every morning for the two years I worked there, I would watch the film Jerry Maguire. This was to set my mind in the right frame and helped me get on the right track for the day. Upon leaving the studio to pursue customer service roles I set out to buy my first camera. It was a Kodak as I had learnt that Kodak was the first company to create film stock and cameras, so sadly when my family moved back to the United Kingdom in 1989, I could not bring my camera with me so I do not use my Polaroid anymore.. But it was okay, because by then I had discovered girls. I used the Kodak Electralitte film camera not so often as the film was expense and I only got so many exposures, so I set up the shot carefully and made each picture count. Usually of plants and animals. Sadly, none of my pictures survived the years and I learned a lesson there. Look after the pictures and the negatives.