Way back in the day (1985), I took my portfolio to the managing editor of a company that produced 10 weekly newspapers. I remember being very nervous as she flipped through the pages of my book. She looked up at me and gave me an assignment for that same week. Below is my first published photo (ever) which was shot at that assignment. From there, I made friends with photographers from all around the country and within 6 months I was freelancing for one of our local dailies. Within a year I was shooting for many of the sports magazines in the US. However, it all started with this image.