I got myself a camera earlier in the year (a Canon EOS70D). The original reason was to be able to get better reference material for my artwork - phone cameras are rubbish indoors... But, I've fancied trying my hand at 'proper' photography for a while now, so I decided to make a bit of a project of it.
First mistake: I should have bought just the camera body, rather than getting the 18-55mm lens bundled with it... A bit of trying it out, and some more internet research quickly determined that the kit lens wasn't going to cut it for either portraits or low-light conditions. Rather than shell out for an expensive zoom lens, I decided to get a Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 prime lens. I used this lens on a beginner's course at the start of April (www.digitalphotographycourses.co.uk), and love it. But, using it on a crop sensor camera, you need quite a lot of room to work in, so, I ended up getting the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 as well. Oops - I'm already turning into a gear junkie!