I was given the oppurtunity to borrow a flash and umbrella yesterday, so I took it. For a backdrop I set two books on a windowsill above a couch, and draped a piece of cloth. All of these have been (heavily) photoshopped. Lots of fun, though I have plenty to work on. Critical critiques would be greatly appreciated. 1. As a personal critique on this one, (actually all) I really wish I would have bounced some of the light with styrofoam or something from behindto 'highlight' the edges of their hair so it wasn't lost in the background. The most wasted of days is one without laughter ~E.E. Cummings 2. I am disappointed that I cut off the chin, as well as the rest of the forehead. This is the look one gets on their face when taking a picture with their foot as the tripod begins to fall over 3.Should I crop some of the hair off? I find that without anything 'lifting' the hair off the background, the top seems entirely pointless. 4. A 'fun' shot. Something tells me I need to workout 5. Once again, I cut the top of the head off as well as the necklace, and the smile looks somewhat pasted on 6. Another one of those fun shots. Posed, I think yes. Mirror, mirror on the wall. I am my Mother after all! ~unknown 7. I must have 'cut forehead off syndrome'! This photo is (obviously) very photoshopped, which look I am not entirely fond of. 8. To end on a less serious note. It is not a laugh, but merely a loud smile ~Author Unknown A most unflattering photo of both subjects, but it still warms my heart.