I first became interested in astronomy from seeing Mars' August 27, 2003 opposition and the total lunar eclipse of November 8, 2003. Unfortunately, as my school years progressed and my work load became more intense, I didn't have as much free time to dedicate to astronomy as I once did. I finally got back into astronomy for the transit of Venus on June 5, 2012, which my mother, uncle and I observed indirectly by pointing his binoculars at the Sun and projecting the light onto the wall of a building. (In hindsight, I think we damaged his binos because they never worked after that...)
A quick Google search revealed that the next transit would be Mercury on May 9, 2016. Needing more magnification to see the smaller planet, I received my first telescope (a Celestron PowerSeeker 70az) for my birthday not long before. That day, however, turned out to be cloudy so I didn't get to see the transit. When the clouds finally cleared on the 13th, the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn were all well placed for early evening viewing. Having both a telescope and plenty to look at, things snowballed from there.
So for over a decade I was an observer, not a photographer, but when a total solar eclipse is set to pass directly over one's house, one tends to change one's mind. So on June 25, 2017, I drove to my local Best Buy and bought a Canon EOS Rebel T6, a 18-55mm lens, and a 75-300mm lens. With clear skies and a proper camera, the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 was a smashing success (and I didn't even have to go anywhere).
I bought my first "real" telescope, a Celestron NexStar 5se, on April 22, 2018. I chose this 'scope specifically because I wanted something more powerful than the one I already owned, but still small enough take as a carry-on on a plane. (Telescopes are precision optical instruments, so having them checked is a bad idea.) With my camera and telescope, I flew to Perth, Western Australia for the total lunar eclipse of July 28, 2018. And that brings us to the present day.