Hi, I'm taj!
I was very young when I had my first encounter with a camera. My dad had a 35mm camera with a telephoto lens that I swore was a mile long! Many shots were taken with that camera; camping trips, birthdays and even air shows. I was always fascinated with that camera... but was never allowed to touch it.
Many years later in the fall of 2000, inspired by an old friend, I purchased my first camera; a Minolta AF50, a cheap 35mm point-and-shoot sold in a plastic blister pack hanging from a rack at the local electronics store. Many shots were taken with this camera as well, capturing memories as well as trying to develop an artistic eye for photography.
Some years later I would upgrade to my first digital camera. I was the webmaster for a friend's band, and after deciding that they needed more photos for their site (and better ones!), I added photographer to my list of duties. Around the same time, I found myself endlessly taking photos during a day trip through Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. This trip would solidify my love of photography.
These days I point my lens at humans more than anything: weddings, small events, portraits, engagement sessions, etc. When I first dared to photograph people I was sure I would hate it. It just struck me as boring, repetitive and uncreative. I was decidedly wrong! Working with people is a thrill, especially when you're lucky enough to work with people who you vibe with. It has taught me to develop a completely new skill set as a photographer, which I have honed over the last 10+ years.
When I'm not behind a camera, I'm also a working class hero, with a loving girl by my side, and a slightly less loving cat at my feet (or at my head while I'm laying in bed, whining at me that I've slept past his usual breakfast time).
Things I love: pizza, Rush (and progressive rock/metal in general), Star Trek (ok fine... Star wars too), a hard hike up a tall mountain, the view from the top of said mountain, a good thunderstorm, 8+ inches of fresh snow on the ground, the smell of the ocean, long walks on the beach... Sorry. This devolved into a singles ad.
Anyway, that's me in a nutshell!