I woke up at 4am to get ready for the balloon rally- it was the first I had ever attended. The balloons were so large and so beautiful, it was really serene. I actually had tears in my eyes as they slowly floated in the air and seemed to place themselves in this picture-perfect moment. When I took this photo at the Pittsfield Balloon rally in 2006, I didn’t know it would change my life. It won several photo contests and was the jump start of my professional photography business.