Ok decided to do a then and now. Picked up my Canon 60D pretty much two years ago in February 2011. Photo on left from Anime Conji 2011. Photo on right from Magi photoshoot last weekend (currently unreleased)
I'm posting this here to show those who are just starting out how much progress can be made. It's nuts how much progress can be made in such a time span. But in order to do so practice practice practice. When at cons dont be afraid to walk up to cosplayers for photoshoots, experiment on your own time and keep at it.
I'm also curious to see other photographer's Then and now photos. feel free to post up here