What an interesting route to getting into photography! A few months ago on TV I saw that Tom Hanks film set in the 40's which has the crime scene photographer/hitman character. There was a scene that showed a series of the photographs that guy had taken and they looked so beautiful that I rented the film and still-framed them ...and they really were gorgeous. It made me wonder how I'd approach the job (assuming I had the fortitude for it.)
BTW, I'm in Niagara Falls and so, not to far from you. Welcome to the forum!