My professional interest in photography actually began as an afterthought after returning home from an extended trip to Europe. I had purchased a Nikon F camera while in Singapore on the way to Naples and casually photographed the interesting sites I encountered. When I got home I put the Nikon in a drawer and forgot about it. Sometime later, my mother saw an article in the newspaper about a photographic snapshot contest and she suggested that I enter a photo from my trip to Europe. My mom was a good judge of art, so I thought, "Why not?" She picked out a slide of a canal in Amsterdam and I entered it. The photograph won the weekly prize, and was sent back to the national contest and won an award there. I began to enter more photos and won more awards. So then I decided to take some photo classes  along with my Psychology major at the University of Utah, and that began my lifelong journey with photography.