I've been using a camera since I was 10 years old. My father was/is a profeesional photograher ( commercial photography, magazine payouts, catalogs, package design) and used to hand his old cameras down to us ( Nikon SLR was the last one). The advent of digitaly photography really got me interested in this again. Having three kids gave me incentive as well. I don't think I could ever do this full time though. I wouldn't want the pressure of having to produce to pay the bills, so I plan on hanging on to my day job - no comments please :-) It is fun to do for a little extra cash though. And if I can make a little money here maybe I won't feel too guilty buying new equipment.