Some good advice in this thread.
Having $10,000 or even $100,000 worth of equipment won't mean you can take great photos; it takes lots & lots of time, effort and practice to learn to do that consistently. Parts of the journey will be quite frustrating and tedious. I'm nowhere near there yet myself btw, and the more I learn the more I realise how much there is to learn (as with many other things in life).
Best of luck in your endeavours - let us know what you decide and how you go.