I have been a photographer since the age of 2 1/2, when one day I propped my favorite stuffed bunny against a cardboard box, gently arranged his long, soft ears, and then took his picture with my Brownie camera. Apparently, I took lots of pictures as a child; there are many photographs in the family albums featuring me with a camera dangling from my wrist or draped around my neck, as well as images of me aiming my camera at various subjects.

I think it was the perfect way for a very young girl to help make sense of her world - to put people, places and events into some sort of order - and to commemorate and preserve the details of life around her.

It was something I obviously felt the need to do early on and something I have never abandoned.