I don't want to give some drawn out typical story BS but I'll give a little backstory. Skip to the tl;dr if you want. I grew up doing arts, mainly painting. I have always thought photography wasn't "real art." Anyone can click a button right? With so many "pro" photographers and the "I got a DSLR I'm a photographer" people I have avoided it like a plague. I am active duty military and travel a lot. My wife talked me into getting a DSLR for us to document our travels a few years ago. I Got to keep the wife happy so I did. At first I was annoyed with myself. "Now I'm one of those people." I started taking pictures and realized something, my photos suck. It kind of annoyed me. I thought of myself as an artist and so seeing my crappy photos was unsettling. So, I started doing research and learning the camera. I realized something, being good a photography is not easy. It became a challenge and that's when I fell in love with photography. tl;dr A couple months ago I decided to try my hand at portraiture. My wife works for child care so I have had no shortage of "clients." I have had decent response to my work. It probably helps that I do it pretty much for free or tips. Eventually when I get out of the military down the line I would like to go into the photography profession. I want to go in as a pro not some jack wagon with a DSLR charging hundreds a shoot. What can I work on now and in the years to come to prepare myself to do photography as a profession? When did it "click" for you? What separates the pros from the amateurs? I made a facebook page for my photography a couple months ago so if you want to check it out and give some feedback I would be more than willing to hear it. www.facebook.com/natepackerartworks. I am not there yet by a long shot. I have the drive to get there and am going to work on it till I do.