I have always enjoyed photography but I started painting several years ago and it was at that point that I decided to take photography more seriously. I use photos to paint from and in taking painting lessons, I was taught how to set up the layout of the painting so there was a focal point. I have incorporated that knowledge into photography. We have two adorable two Papillons and one Golden Retriever who are my favorite subjects for my photography. I also enjoy photographing animals in general, flowers, and landscapes. I use Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon L Series 400 mm lens, which I am really enjoying- I can't believe the difference the new equipment has made in the capture of detail. I also do graphic design - mostly logos for people who are starting a new business and need a professional logo at a low cost. With our current economy, people who have lost their jobs and want to start a new company, may get their logo design for free.