The singer sang from the middle of the 12,000 seat Memorial Coliseum basketball court. Everyone stood at their seat with their hands on their heart. Only one person in the stadium was in motion, me, moving around the basketball court like a bee around a flower. I took as many pictures as I could before the anthem was over. Nobody likely cared much about what I was doing. I did. I felt like the 12,000 fans and all the television cameras were focused on me for my first paid job. 

I survived the adrenaline, the pictures came out great and my first client was pleased with the images provided. 

Every photo shoot has its own unique challenges to be overcome or accepted by the photographer. 

I still have my original Canon AE-1 and gear. The camera works if I had some film (Ektachrome anyone?) for it. Photography gear has changed significantly. My current camera, a Canon 5D MIII has functions not imaginable 25 years ago.

GEAR: Canon 5D Mark III, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens, Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS EF USM AF Lens, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens, Canon 1.4EF Extender III (Teleconverter), Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 ISM Macro Autofocus Lens, Canon 40D (second body), Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Zoom Lens, Canon Speedlite 580 EX II w/ ST-E2.  

I got into photography while in HIgh School, roughly 25 years ago. My first camera was a Canon AE-1 Program I purchased as a kit which included a 50mm lens, a small flash head, and the book "ABC's of Photography." I feverishly studied the book and practiced with the camera, occasionally with no film in it. I took photography classes in high school and college, including darkroom developing. I was instructed and tested on the "rules" of photography. 

I purchased additional gear when I could, a telephoto lens, a quality flash, a power winder, and various filters. Purchasing film and paying for development got expensive as I was a teenager with no job. I looked for ways to make money with photography in order to be able to purchase gear and pay for developing. 

My first paid job was at a Portland Trailblazer basketball game. I was hired to photography the singer of the National Anthem at the start of the game. It was a job I was happy to get and I thought it would be easy. I was issued "PHOTOGRAPHER" credentials which got me into the facility early and allowed me unlimited access at the facility prior to and during the gamer. Very exciting!

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