How I Got Started in Photography

I really have to credit my mom with getting me started in photography. Every time we'd go on a trip as a kid, I'd beg her to buy disposable cameras to take with us so I could snap photos along the way. I couldn't get the images printed until we returned home, but it was a cool experience for me to be able to fill a roll of film while we were out on the road. I honestly think that's why I enjoy it so much now, it sorta takes me back to when I was a kid.
Starting out with disposable cameras was probably the best thing I could have done besides buying a full-blown film camera. Having a limited number of shots made me take my time, and not waste any of those shots on random things. They weren't great photos, but I didn't care.
As I got older, I upgraded to a CoolPix point and shoot camera. I did eventually get frustrated that I couldn't achieve some of the depth of field type perspectives that I wanted in my images, but a lot of that was the equipment I was using.  
I really dove into photography a few years after college when I could finally afford a DSLR camera. I needed something I could do outside of work that was productive, and I thought photography would be a good way to exercise creativity. I bought my Nikon D5300 camera in June of 2015 and have been out shooting ever since. 
Here are some of the first photos I took with my Nikon:
These may not be much to look at, but to me they are priceless. They represent countless hours of shooting, editing, shooting again, and being frustrated to the point of wanting to quit. Images like these are part of the process of getting better. 
I don't know all there is to know about photography, and I will never learn everything about it. I just strive for progress every day. That's it. And that could be applied to anything in life you set out to achieve. Progress every day.   
Here are a few of some recent shots:
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