I started selling work very young, I started shooting on assignment for magazines in my teens so getting paid for my photography seemed natural to me. However I didn't even attempt to sell any of my personal work until I was in my forties, when I was first asked to donate a print for Photo Soho, an auction benefit for the homeless. I was surprised that there were quite a few bidders for my work. With that and the encouragment of my wife I had a solo show in my town, which has a few galleries in it. The show did extremely well and it was the first time that I ever made serious money shooting my own stuff. It encouraged me to present my work to some galleries in Manhattan and on the first day I got representation. A year and a half later I closed my studio in Manhattan and do nothing but my personal work now. One has to make a living and I can think of no better way than to do photography.