« on: September 03, 2013, 12:57:52 PM »
Learn to take things in stride, the internet can be harsh, but go with it, since you have the time to compose yourself. You don't get that time in front of a client.
Hide your family. Literally, don't publicly post things on your 'professional' site that are family images, as you have an emotional ties to the images. They can also be used against you - think of how you'll react when someone tells you they're crap images, feel bad for the family, etc.
Lighting, literally work an hour a day on lighting. You have a single flash, and while it can do wonders, you'll find there are times when it isn't enough. Figure out how to work with light directly - flash, reflectors, positioning, time of day.
Pay for a portfolio review. You may or may not listen to folks here, but find someone who is a working professional whom you trust and have them do a review. Have them talk you through some images as to where you can improve. It can make a huge difference.