I was given my first camera for my seventh birthday. It wasn’t like I was some kind of artistic genius; Dad just got tired of me playing with his camera so he gave me my own.
I had the usual childhood – friends, school, piano lessons… By the time I got to high school I was totally bored. I couldn’t see myself sitting in study halls for another year, so I finished my last two classes the summer after my junior year and started college that fall.
I planned to major in political science and go to law school, but those plans went right out the window after taking a summer photography class. That first print came up in the tray, and I was hooked! I switched my major to art to become a photographer. However, life got in the way, and I ended up working for the government. Dealing with film, chemicals, and paper became a chore, so I gave up photography. I felt guilty about it. One day someone introduced me to the mac. That day changed my life; I just didn’t realize it.
Knowing my background, a friend suggested I take a web design class. This made a lot of sense for a mac geek with an art degree, so I signed up. The final project was to create a website. I decided on an online portfolio and created “Nancy Goldstein Photography”. I needed new work for the portfolio but didn’t have a digital camera, so I borrowed one.
I picked up the camera, played with it a few minutes, and rediscovered my passion for photography. Digital photography wasn’t a chore: no film, chemicals, or trays; it was fun! I bought an advanced point-and-shoot, upgraded to a DSLR a few months later, and began taking classes. When I was offered an early out from my government job a few months later, I decided to take a chance and accepted it. I don’t know if it’s the smartest thing I’ve ever done or the dumbest, but here I am.