While I clearly remember liking to "take pictures" as a youth, I first recognized my real love for art when I took a photography class in college. It was through to process of shooting, developing negatives, and processing prints that I began to take my efforts seriously.
During the better part of my business career I was engaged in the publishing of monthly periodicals. While it was not part of my responsibility as the VP of National Sales, I took every opportunity I could to shoot the cover photos for several of our publications.
Now, as a retired businessman, I'm enjoying having the time to take my photography more seriously. I take two photo "sabbaticals" every year where I travel to National Parks and other natural destinations. My wife and I also travel to foreign locations where many wonderful photo opportunities are presented.