Starting photographer from 2010 until now has been an interesting journey. To build a modeling portfolio, you need to pay a really good photographer to shoot you, do Time For Print photos with mediocre photographers, or wait until tearsheets of magazines would come out to use for their portfolio. Or you can just be lucky and have renowned photographers shoot.
However, I needed practice and I thought is would be cheaper to get a camera and to shoot my own photos for my portfolio. I shot my friends and family. I can say I sucked, but it became my latest addiction.