My name is Tony Croley. I have been married to my wife Melinda for 12.5 years. I have 4 children Morgan, Brittany, Jessica and Chris. I served in the United States Army for 9.5 years. I wanted to stay in for longer, but was retired early due to being injured in Iraq. I really enjoy writing because it is the best way for me to express myself. I can speak intelligently and professionally, but am able write more intelligently. My Vocabulary is best utilized while writing. I have always been told that I need to try to be a professional photographer. Although I consider myself proficient and growing professionally I would not call myself a professional. I will reserve that term for the truly magnificent artist. I have a long way to go before I can consider myself equal to the professionals. Believe me this is not a self confidence or self image problem. I just don't want to be considered professional until I have showcased all my talents then I will let the people decide. I do promise you one thing though. If you hire me or recommend me I will always give a 100%. Being that I joined the Army at the age of 17 I can say that the Army finished raising me. Because the Army finished raising me I can say that I have a professional attitude different than those who have not served. I will always give it my best which is a lot to give. I will never accept defeat. I will strive to be a professional among professionals. You better believe I won't accept defeat. I got shot 6X in Iraq with an AK-47 not all at once, but over approximately a 15 minute time span. I did not give up, I was conscious the whole time and continued to return fire at the enemy until the sixth time I was shot. I only quit then because I noticed my Medic " DOC" down and my guy Rivera, who saved my life that day, told me to play dead after being shot as many times I decided to agree with him and play dead. I am in my 1st Sergeant's book about our Brigade, Battalion and Company. I will tell you which one if you ask. Good luck to everyone. I look forward to learning from you, working with you and working for you. Thanks guys, Tony Croley P.S. I like to catch the subject in action. I believe you can get some of the prettiest images when someone isn't expecting it. It just looks more natural and I think natural light is the best.