As a wife and a mom who's full time career was formerly in commercial real estate, taking pictures is simply something that I always loved. When I purchased my first DSLR camera, it became much more than just something I loved, but something I wanted to be committed to. Photography has an important place in my life thanks to my grandfather. He was passionate about taking pictures and would stop and take a picture anytime of anything and anywhere. Even back in the days of old Kodachrome and the Instamatic 110 film, he always seemed to have the newest and cutting edge camera equipment of that time. Cameras, snapshots, and stacks of photo albums were a huge part of my childhood. One thing that stands out is that he would always tell us to "slow down" if he thought we were looking through pictures too fast. He wanted to make sure every part of the photo was noticed. He instilled in me the fact that the best retrospect can be found in the pictures you take.