After a few years with an analogue DSLR and several slides, I turned to the other side and started with a small digital. Then came a slightly bigger one and finally I started with my brand DSLR series. There I went through new models again and again.
After a short time I built up a studio with flashes. The studio is not very big, but it has everything it needs and it's even enough for sessions with smaller groups.
I have attended several workshops over the last 20 years, with famos and not so famos photographers. In between also half-day or full-day courses with some others. I also attended many presentations and work samples of professional photographers and got to know their way of working.
All these influencers have given me a solid foundation.