After being made redundant from my career in electronics and systems analysis I took the brave step of taking my skills in photography, learned after having been a keen enthusiast since my school days, to a new level by shooting weddings & portraits.
My confidence was rewarded by undertaking advanced creative courses and gained professional qualifications in wedding photography. It was a great time and I loved being involved in a couple's dream wedding and creating an indelible record of it.
Unfortunately, my health deteriorated and the wedding business had become a rat race of being undercut by those with no training or understanding of the business. I then took the decision to call it a day and reverted to being an amateur photographer again.
I now let my creativity free by using the skills I have by taking personal photos and also doing some occasional training in letting keen photographers learn some of the lifetime of experience to improving their own photographs.
I am a member of my local University of the Third Age, became a tutor for a photography group, started an advanced photography group, became a trustee, created a new website for the U3A and generally got involved with all sorts of things.
Finally, it all got a bit too much, together with medical problems so I resigned and had a break for a couple of years. I've now gone back to being a member of the advanced photography group and enjoying being a member again.