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I am 40 years old and started photography back in 1997. I didn't mean to get involved in the art, but a homeless man told me one day that he didn't own a face, so I pulled out my camera and started shooting. I didn't even know how to work my camera, so I turned it on auto, and just let the camera do the work. Knowing nothing about composition, exposure, or anything else for that matter about photography, the shots I took aren't the best in the world, but I still think they are my favorite. I am married, the mother of two children, the aunt to Fourteen children, and I have four brothers and sisters. Ive always loved writing, but never dreamed I would be doing photography. Im self taught, having never had a class or even attended a lecture. To be honest I would have to say that I just checked out my first photography book from the library last year. I guess that's sort of sad. I love to learn, it's just that most of my learning has been out in the field, or on this site. I think that critiquing other's photographs, listening to other people critique, watching how others present a subject all help me to develop my skill and my eye. Ive done a little work with Denver Post and the cbs affiliate in Denver did a small piece on me and my work in Thanksgiving of 2000. As of last August I opened up one of Virginia's best wedding photography business's named Beck and Call Photography with a concentration mostly on wedding photojournalism. I like offering elite services to a class of people that would never be able to afford them otherwise, as well as provide elite customers with the best money can buy. I love that feeling of giving someone a gift that will outlive me and them. Many people have children to carry on their legacy, that wasn't my reason for having children, however it is a large part of the reason I love photography. I can remember sitting on the floor looking at pictures of my great grandmother's and being able to see a glimpse in time. I had never known her without gray hair or wrinkles, and it was odd and wonderful to be able to see her in her youth. In fact, when I think of my grandmother, I see this picture that was taken of her right after high school. I never knew her like that, but still it's the image in my head when I talk to her or about her with someone. That's huge.