I use photography as a hobby. I have owned my dSRL for 3 years now, and have learned a lot. I have spent at least 2 years reading books, watching YouTube videos, and looking at other people's works. I tended to focus on landscapes, but I rarely got a photo that "wowed" me.
One thing I remember my grandma Dennis telling me was that photos are better with people in them, as it sets a place and experience. I love looking at National Geographic photos, but I have really found a love with working with people and capturing God's beauty.
As I dig in more and more, I can see becoming a professional. I know I have a lot to learn, but I'm not half bad at it. At this point, I know I don't want it to be a full-time job, but a side business it just might be. One thing I know I would rather not do at this time is weddings.
I will ride this wave and see how far it takes me, but it's an exciting ride.