I did my first "stranger shoot" the other day, someone I don't know at all, but a friend whose family pics I did in the spring suggested she call me. I told her I'm inexperienced and just learning, so I couldn't promise much, and she seems OK with that. But I am really disappointed with how the pics are turning out. I made so many mistakes. Primarily not being into the shade enough, because apparently though people always say to go on the edge of shade, I got some pretty lousy results with very bright faces that way; and (b) being too tight in. And just focus issues. My 50mm f/1.4 is a great lens, but some places I've read say it isn't for the faint of heart and that is so true. I really have trouble with focus on that lens sometimes and had to trash a ton of pics from this shoot just because they weren't sharp enough.
Just had to vent here because it's just so darn frustrating to feel like I've failed this really lovely, nice family. And I have two more shoots coming up (with friends), so now I'm extra-nervous about failing on those too.
I will share some pics when I've got them processed, but for now it's just my rant. Thanks for listening, I really appreciate having a place to vent about stuff like this.