Well, I've officially had 25 "practice shoots" and one unintentionally paid one! I've been offering free sessions for my mom's group so that I could get a bit of practice and build what might be a portfolio, as I learn and improve! I've learned so much in a short time, and I have a ways to go too! I am exchanging my D5000 this weekend for the D90 (if Costco lets me, I may have lost a couple small pieces that came with the packaging, nothing really important). I intentionally broke the rule of cropping parts of the body below, these were crops and not the photo I took, but I like the way they looked. I even used some selective coloring! I figured I'd give it a shot, and that seemed like the appropriate use for it anyway, just a detail. If you could please comment on lighting and focus, what I could have done differently to improve the shot, I'd appreciate it! I have about 10 "free" sessions left on my schedule, and I put out an ad on Craigslist for $50 sessions, including the cd. I'm not trying to make money, necessarily, but I need a way to pay for photoshop and to save for a lens I have my heart set on. I spend about 6 hours per session working on it too, so I think that's a totally fair price considering my inexperience! Ok enjoy! Hope everyone has a great weekend!!! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. (I think a reflector would have helped with this, but it's not in my budget. I bought a white poster/foam board and lined it with tin foil to use for next time.) 6. 7.