First off, I know this is open-ended, so thanks in advance! :hail: I'm starting to work on putting together a portfolio to use in the beginnings of my professional career...i.e. to sometime in the future get paying clients based on what's in the portfolio. I have a DSLR purchase planned (now leaning torward the 20D, probably with the kit lens) but beyond that, I don't know where to start with basics for doing portraiture, as far as lighting, flash, backdrops(?), lenses, etc. There are just so many products out there and so much information--my head is spinning. I've been told that one good flash unit (like this http://www.alienbees.com/b800.html) and a softbox would be a good start. I'll primarily be taking pictures of my kids, friends, our pets, etc. either outdoors (i.e. in the park), friends' homes or in the corner of our bonus room, where I'm likely be setting up a little studio area. :mrgreen: My focus is going to be children and maternity (the dh has designs on doing weddings and events but I am not so sure I could handle the stress!) so I want to plan for that.