thanks a lot guys I think I'll try the reflecter shade first, I'll read up on the aperture settings, thanks for the feed back. how did you like my wifes sunglass shot?
If you're farmilliar with your aperture control try lowering it (opening it). This will give you less depth of field and will blur out the background slightly which will direct more attention to the subject of the photo (the people in the portrait). An in-focus distracting background usually isn't the best thing when dealing with portraits.
If you're not familiar with aperture settings and such yet, don't worry. You're doing fine. You'll learn all about that stuff in your upcoming classes.