I was lucky enough to have film photography in high school and learn the ins and outs of the darkroom. I was resistant to so many aspects of film photography because I was impatient but now I have grown to have a profound respect for it and often crave developing with chemicals!
The first photograph I took was a wedding party in Central Park in NYC. Ironically it was of a bride and groom being photographed.
After learning how to use film, I saved up for a digital camera. I researched for hours and talked to my scottish Uncle Graham, also a photographer. I decided on a Nikon D50 camera with kit lenses. I was ecstatic when I received it and made good use out of it. My favorite thing to do was to recruit any and all of my friends to go on long walks and have spontaneous photoshoots. It's still one of my favorite things to do. Fortunately they were all compliant and to their own surprise, enjoyed the process :)
Focus on what you love!