I'm aiming to shoot one portrait a day for, oh, who knows how long? I'm a relative n00b, so I could use constructive criticism. My current gear is the Canon EOS 5D with grip and the 50mm f/1.8. That's pretty much it. No flash or anything yet. I'm looking to add the 135mm f/2L and some high-quality portable lighting gear in the near future.
So, onto the first photograph. This is a pretty girl who works in a coffee shop I frequent. Like most everyone I photograph, I basically just walked up to her and explained my project, then asked if I could take some pictures. And, like most everyone else, she thought the idea a bit strange, became mildly self-conscious, all before consenting to the impromptu shoot.