EDITED WITH NEW PICS!!! This morning I set up a photo shoot with my long time friend Kristin for her senior pictures. I've only had my XT for a few months now and this was my first time taking portraits. I'm seriously considering picking up a Tamron 17-50 2.8 very soon but I took these with the kit lens. I know the lens isn't very sharp when opened wide but I felt I needed to do it in order to get a shorter DOF. I took these in aperture priority at roughly f/5. I applied a sharpen mask to some of them to help them out a bit. I uploaded in Photobucket and had it resize them so I know I lost a lot of quality there. I'm looking for honesty here. I'm having trouble deciding if I should crop some of these slightly or leave them as is. 1. 2. I think this one shows her personality the best 3. 4. 5. My favorite, look at those eyes! 6. 7. 8. One just for fun 9. Edit Bonus All in all, I had a very fun time and will plan on doing more portrait photography in the future. I found it easier than I thought it would be and it helped having such a beautiful subject.