Upload & Sell: Off
First of all thank you all for your input, it is extremely helpful to me and very appreciated.
Eyeball - you were spot-on with your comments and hit almost every doubt I had about these. with regards to the messy hair in image 2 for some reason I liked the texture along with the pattern of the scarf, but it is hard for me to get an objective glance of it since I was staring at it for so long. With all the other comments I feel you were exactly right.
They did love the whole make-up thing but I was not sure how it was going to translate into the image. I agree it is too grown up looking for her age.
Fgrasee, the background is a roll of a thick red upholstery fabric I have. It has a really great texture.
Steady Hand, this WAS a fiun time for all and a first try for me at setting something like this up on my own and based on my own vision. These comments have been very helpful, just from this thread alone. Thank you!
Steve, I am not sure of the cause of the softness. It could be the stock lens (I'd prefer to think it was) or my focusing. I suspect the latter, with just a hint of the former. I find focusing to be one of the most challenging parts of getting a shot. Especially when hand-holding, which is how I shot these. The ISO was 100, shutter speed 250, and with a monolight. The background texture is the thick upholstery fabric I mentioned above, not noise, although the fact that it confused you a little means it should have either been illuminated a little more, or a little less so that it disappeared completely.
Many, many thanks to all.