I think I have it! I had two photo shoots today with kids from my mom's group. It went really well! I tried to just be energetic and playful, and they really responded well to me!! These are just a couple from today, but I'm really pleased at how 95% of them turned out! I tried to keep everything in mind, from exposure, to not chopping off limbs, to getting sharp focus on eyes, and not having distracting backgrounds. Interestingly, keeping all that in mind, I shot about half as many shots as I have been, and was immensely more satisfied! I did edit these, I love the eyes to really pop on the screen. Surprisingly, I didn't edit them a whole lot, just a few things to bring out detail! Ok so let me have it... all of it! By the way, I'm getting a thicker skin, because I'm super confident that while these may not be perfect, I think they are damn good and a huge improvement from what I've been doing! Yay! (His eyes really are that blue, I hardly touched them in pp! I feel really good about having used flash here, by the way!) (I know, I chopped off a little of his hair... nothing can be done about it, sadly, but I don't think it takes away from the image very much. Please tell me otherwise if you think it does!) (I love this one... I bribed him to sit nicely for me, under the agreement that he could take a photo of a squirrel with my camera! He did take a decent picture too, and he sat very nicely so I could get this shot!) So needless to say, I'm satisfied and feel like I've majorly improved since just yesterday! Thanks to all the helpful advice I received yesterday!!!