Ok. First, I am very flattered that my friends think I take "awesome" photos. I look at them and think "ick, there is soooo much to learn and so much to practice on" I've seriously had 4-5 people offer to pay me money to take photos of their families. Which, again, flattering, but how do I tell them in a few words that the "good" photos they see are just the better ones out of the hundreds I take?
I'm finally getting out to the beach to take some photos of a friend's twins (3 months old). First of all - direct sun? what? Don't they know I need some shade somewhere? I did tell them that we needed to be there either really early or really late. They opted for morning. So sure, I won't have the harsh light, but how do I combat the direct sun? I do have a "reflector" - white thick cardboard to help bounce light in their faces, but what other tips to I need?
And getting back to the people who keep asking me to take their photos...I don't feel I'm ready to start PB'ing, so how do I go about it? Do I just tell them that I can't promise anything? I really don't know even how to approach it.