I took this photo over Thanksgiving break while taking a photography workshop. Can you tell how thrilled my daughter is? I don't know why but I love the shot and I'm thinking of making a canvas. I just can't decide...color or B&W?
I agree bounce your flash - in this environment I would use a shallow DOF (lower Fstop number) to blur the yuck background - also if you take the shot from slightly above him with him looking up at you that might have made for a more interesting portrait.