I had the good fortune this past Wednesday of watching this Youtube video and then having an in-person Q & A with Prof. Turnley, one of the premiere documentary photographers over the last 50 years. This is a long video but it's worth watching, if you're willing to make the time.
I am on the eve of launching my web page. Over the past four months, I've been working on building my portfolio and have had more portrait shoots in that span than in the past year prior. It's been very exciting, challenging and rewarding as I've learned new lighting techniques, met many new people and have a much better sense of what works and what doesn't for me when setting up a shoot.
I expect this is just the beginning of what I intend to be a career of image-making.