Hi! I am new to the forum. I have been interested in photography for several years but have not been able to pursue it like I want to because my life has been filled with accomplishing other goals. (nursing school, having kids...) Anyway, I'm at the point where I'm ready to go to the next step with my photography. There are a couple reasons for this. Mainly, because I have done everything I can do with my Nikon coolpix 5200 and I'm bored with it. It's time for me to progress into a digital SLR. I take many pictures (of my family and scenery mostly) and am becoming disappointed in how they turn out. I am doing everything right, but the camera is just so limited in what you can do with it. I want professional looking pictures, not just good pictures. When I tap in to my creative side and take really cool looking shots, the camera doesn't do them justice. Also, this is something I would like to do professionally in the future. I'm at the point now where it's time to get the ball rolling... So I need some advice. What camera do you recommend for me? Should I start with a cheap one and upgrade later? Or just take the plunge now and buy the camera I ultimately will need? What other things should I be considering at this point? Do I buy anything else now?? (lights, etc...) Or just get a camera and start experimenting? Please let me know any advice you have. Also, any resources you think would be helpful to me... Thanks!!