I took up photography in 2010 because my husband did. He had been very interested in photography since I had met him. About a year a half into our marriage, we bought him his first digital SLR. It was a Nikon D90 with the kit lens, the 18-105. He was instantly hooked and began obsessively taking photos of everything. The man ate, slept and drank photography. I decided after only about a week that I was going to have to board that ship or get left behind. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried it, but watching someone else take photos is not all that fun. Out of boredom, I made a remark to my father-in-law that I wanted to try photography too. He must have sensed the ship thing too, and not wanting me to get left behind, he gave me his old camera. It was the very first digital SLR, the Canon Rebel XT. It had a cracked display, a dirty sensor that we could never seem to get clean, and I loved it. Because we hadn’t coughed up for a four digit price tag, there was no pressure. I was able to take me time, feel it out, and just enjoy it. To me, photography is so similar to playing the piano. It’s an outlet for your creativity and your emotions. You can feel what you hope to accomplish in your head, and the challenge is making it happen. Naturally, I gravitated toward horses as always. I enjoy photographing landscape scenery and weddings, but horses are what really make my heart sing (forgive my cheesiness, but they really do!).