I am also a photography addict. Growing up my dad was a photojournalist, so I was surrounded by photos of almost everything, but particularly flowers and architecture. I lived overseas after high school and started taking photos in my own right.
A few years ago I bought my first dSLR, and the addiction took off. I took several courses through the local college so that I could use my camera more effectively. Given my love for dogs, the whole pet photography thing was a very natural fit. I've done a few shoots now and enjoyed them, but I really prefer photographing pets I know personally. It allows me to put my own spin on the photos and to make them more interesting. I also do candid ringside photography at dog shows, and have done well with that. I love looking at the world through my camera!
This year my photography has been slower than most years, due to a very long, cold winter and the death of my external flash unit. The dogs knocked my camera off a coffee table, and the only victim was my 430EX Canon flash. Sigh. Now that the weather is nice I'm outside more and shooting more.
Thanks for creating this group . . . I could talk photography all day long, so it's nice to have a dedicated place to do so!