Canon EOS D60

In February of 2004, I bought some photo studio lights, a backdrop stand, and some colored paper backdrops which I set up in my apartment.

And then with absolutely no studio experience, I put out a casting for photography subjects.

And on February 28, 2004 — nervous as can be — and with barely any grasp of the equipment I was using, I conducted my first photoshoot ever with an aspiring model who was also experiencing her first shoot.

Many of our shots left a lot of room for improvement, but it was an invigorating experience and I was hooked!

Working with people was so much fun.