I first got into Photography in 2001 when I did a 2 week course in "low light and shooting though cover" course at the "Joint School of Photography" now renamed to the "Defence School of Photography" as of 2003.
My life changed for the better in 2006 and I purchased a Nikon D200, the only reason I went for Nikon by the way is simple, its what I was trained to use, so I knew where every function was and how to use the camera, I also purchased a Nikon 80-200mm F2.8 lens and a 50mm prime lens.
I started taking family photos as my daughters were extremely photogenic!! I didn't really have a niche as such with my photography I just took memorable photos of the kids, however in 2008 I decided to sell all my camera kit to do the "Family Garden" for the kids as you do, as by that time I only really got the camera out on special occasions anyway so I couldn't justify have £3000 worth of camera kit in the cupboard just for special occasions.
I missed my photography for several years...but you find other things to occupy your spare time especially with kids about.
In 2011 I purchased a D7000 and have slowly been building my kit back up much to the wife's complaints because we all know camera kit isn't the cheapest of kit to buy, camera, lenses, filters, flashes, tripods, tripod heads, camera bag, memory cards, backup facilities, software... and the list goes on and on. At the end of 2011 I started to notice amazing landscape photography on the internet and wondered how on earth do they do that, and began to ask myself why don't my photos look like that, so I set out a challenge to learn landscape photography.