This is a portrait of my wife with her electric guitar which I did today. It was my first attempt at taking portrait-pictures that go beyond snapshot. I took it with our little Conica Minolta DiMage Xg, flash off, handheld. The lighting came from ceiling lamps and ordinary floor lamps shining against white surfaces to get some indirect light to avoid heavy shadows. When taken into consideration that I own absolutely no professional equipment and that it was my first attempt I'm quite satisfied with the outcome. Yet I'd be more than happy to get your honest feedback on three questions of mine: 1. The overall composition: Is it okay? Does the picture look like more than a simple snapshot? 2. The lighting: I couldn't completely get rid of the annoying shadows (like on the floor and on my wifes face). Do these shadows ruin even a semi-professional look? And how could I get rid of them? 3. The crop: It's meant to be a portrait, so do you think I've included too much? Or do you miss something? I've played around with the crop and this is what I finally felt the most comfortable with. What do you think? Well, now here it is. Thank you very much for looking and for any constructive and honest feedback. Edited in: I just now realized that I think that her eyes look a bit too flat, yet I don't know how to make them look more lifely or "intense". If anyone knows and would like to try, the picture is OTE.