In the interest of being transparent with anyone who may visit my site, and also to document my progress as a photographer, here are the first portraits I've ever taken. I think they came out pretty well for my first try. I missed focus on a few, but these are the ones that I would consider "keepers". A special thanks to my girlfriend, Kelsi, for being my guinea pig here and letting me stick my camera in her face.
It's clear that I need to improve on my directing skills. My model told me that she felt like she didn't know what to do at times, and it's my job to provide direction and to make the subject comfortable. I will try again very soon and will, as always, post the results here.
Let me know what you like or hate about the images in the comments below!