You know, I can honestly say that I still remember that feeling I had when I first picked up a camera.
When I was 12, I asked my parents for a drum set. Instead of buying one for me, they told me "go out there, do some lawn work and earn it". So I did and I immediately fell in love with it. After that I had a career in music and the world couldn't have been better.
Then I realized that making music wasn't the same to me anymore. With this realization I became very depressed and didn't know what to do with my life. Around this time, my now wife/then girlfriend, convinced me to pick up a camera. That was 3 years ago and I've never looked back. When I picked up that camera for the first time, I had that old feeling back of when I used to play the drums.....It just felt right.
Nowadays, instead of making music for money, I use music to fuel my imagery. I use the sounds and textures to paint images in my head. I also find myself recording noises around me and using those as samples to create sounds myself. Through this process and also meditation, I can clear my mind and really focus on what I want to see. If there was ever a "secret sauce" to what I do, this would be it lol.
I never in a million years ever thought I would be a professional photographer. I'll tell you what though, I'm really glad I am one.