I bought my first camera, a Canon FT-QL, at a pawn shop in 1971. I mail ordered some entry level darkroom equipment from a New York camera store and started developing my own black and white film in my parents' hall closet. I was the photographer for my highschool yearbook and took sports pictures for the hometown newspaper. With school and career building in the '80 and early '90s, I only had time for family photos. In the mid '90s, I took pictures of my daughter's dance recitals. Little did I know this would grow into a second career. Live performance photography, especially dance, requires split second timing and an understanding of the subject - just like the sports photography I did years earlier. I can no longer imagine my life without live performance photography. I only hope that my love of the subject shows through my work.