I've wanted to start this discussion for a while now but not got round to it. I'm interested in how people start photography, what is it that makes them purchase a camera in the first place and why we get drawn into spending litterally thousands of pounds on image making/taking. I personally started in February 2016. A work friend on the desk opposite brought in a book by Chelsea and Tony Northrup and I loved it. I hadn't realised the technical aspects of photography (even in the basic begginers book), to be honest I thought the photographer pressed a button and that's it. How wrong I was! A year on and photography is my absolute passion. I spend most of my days reading, reasearching and practicing. I'm very much a beginner but I try my best to improve every time I use my camera. Looking forward, my main issue is finding new subjects to photograph. My area of interest is family portraiture and there is only so many pictures of family I can take. I'd love some tips on how to meet new people to photograph if anyone could make suggestions. Cheers.