I always enjoyed photographing architecture and flowers, but recently started gaining some interests on human subjects. Of course I've taken snapshots all my life, but this is my first serious photography attempt. My camera is Canon EOS-20D, and the lens I used was a 50mm prime f/1.4. Here's an example of a shallow DOF to blur the background, but it seems to have backfired on me: This is an example of an in-focus background: In addition to C&C on those two photos, I'm can't help but wondering what's a theoretical "good" framing for portrait shots. I copied the photo below from my favorite photographer, Anna Kuperberg. Even though the subjects are small, and the background is not particularly interesting, the photo seem to tell a story. Do you agree? Can you pinpoint why this work so much better than my miserable attempt?