I realized that it has been just over a year exactly since I purchased my Nikon DSLR and it’s funny to think how far I’ve come in a year. I started out completely oblivious shooting with my kit lens on Auto and now after 9 months of classes understand lighting, settings, composition, and I never shoot in Auto. This camera has led to a new passion, great friendships and incredible opportunities. I’ve helped shoot weddings and currently have my work displayed for all the world (or Chicago anyway) to see. I love my camera and I love all the doors it’s opened. I pretty much owe my sanity to it since I was going crazy without a creative outlet, and it’s become more important than I ever could have dreamed. Just for fun, here are a few of the very first photos I took with the camera, not too shabby I don’t think!