I'm not everyone...but I'll put in an opinion.
Nice that you have someone that will work with you, helps to learn, I like the poses but as has been mentioned, the harsh light is unfortunate, and cutting of the limbs, and the backgrounds.
What he said. :thumbup: The ZD 50 is a great lens. And with an externsion tube it becomes a super macro.
But you will get good photos with the 1.8 manual, just use a tripod, and be prepared to take a lot of test shots as it will be difficult to focus with the small viewfinder.