How long have you been doing photography

I tried shooting with my mom's Chinon SLR when I was in my teens and twenties during hiking trips 20+ years ago. My results sucked. I took a black and white photography course in High School and I sucked then too. It wasn't until I returned home to CA in 2005 (I lived in NYC for 6 years) that I started taking basic, then intermediate, then advanced courses at Paul's Photo. In 2008 I become one of the first adventure workshop instructors under Mark Comon and the Creative Photo Academy with the now annual Joshua Tree Star Trails trip going 8 years strong.