We had all grandparents here, so we decided on the spur of the moment to take a stab at doing some family portraits. We've only had a DSLR for about a month and this is our first ever attempt at portraits. I'll start by giving due respect to anyone that has ever gotten that perfect family shot. I didn't give it nearly the credit that it deserves. Between the adults thinking we were goofballs, the kids acting like kids, the bugs, the heat, passer byers....and on and on. It was tough and trying of my patience. In the end, it lasted about 2 hours and we got right at 300 shots total. It was a great learning experience, and I feel we got at least a few shots that were average to slightly above. I'm in the post production process now, and have a couple ready to post here. I'll post more as they are prepared. With all the chaos that is a photo shoot, I ended up letting the camera take over most of the control. This ended up being unfortunate, as most of the shots used a completely open aperature and I could have benefited with a narrower DOF. I also underestimated the hot spots that would be created from the dappled sunlight. I was using the D60, mostly in portrait mode with the 55mm-200mm VR kit lens. I was on a tripod setup around 50' from the subjects. I thought this would give everyone a comfort that the lens wasn't right in there face. We did the shoot from about 6pm until about 7:30 or 8pm at sunset. Wasted half the time at a second location that turned out to be terrible lighting. Not much to salvage from the second location. C&C is welcome. Realize you're commented on a complete novices work. But I want to improve, so please offer anything constructive that comes to mind. Pictures to follow over the next few days.