I've only been taking portrait photography shots over the past 6 or 7 months now. At the beginning I bought some Yongnuo speedlights (which are very good quality for the price and work with Nikon and Canon) and watched a few youtube videos and then tried a few lighting set ups.
The first couple of attempts didn't go so well but as always I learned loads from those attempts. I don't think I'm really 'there' yet but I'm far more confident and I know roughly what I'm doing now with my limited lighting kit.
Looking forward to taking lots more portraits in 2018, trying out new lighting set ups doing more outdoor shoots.