My love of photography began at the age of 17 when I was given a Canon AE-1P. Obviously, I knew nothing about photography and had no idea how to work my camera, but read everything I could find on photography and taught myself the basics.
Eventually I became the family photographer because I had my camera and was always taking pictures of something. Through word of mouth, and being someone with a camera, I photographed child models who needed head shots to submit along with their audition.
I was also so new to photography, that I didn't have the common sense to turn down several offers to photograph three weddings. I know more now than I did back then and I wouldn't photograph another wedding if someone paid me to. So many things could go wrong, but I was glad none did back then.
Life got in the way and my photography slowed down a bit. So while the rest of the world had gone digital, I was still clutching my film cameras and vowed never to go digital. I still shoot film photography with an Olympus OM-2N and two OM lenses.
Many years later, yes, it took me a while, I finally purchased my first digital compact camera in 1993 (or somewhere around there), I think it was a -1.3 megapixel. Okay, there is no such thing, but know that it was horrible. I now photograph with a variety of micro four-thirds cameras.
After showing several of my photographs, mostly vacation photos, people expressed an interest in purchasing my photography and encouraged me to sell my work.