Well, I finally bit the bullet and offered some free sessions to members of a networking group I recently joined. I have offered free sessions for a limited time only in order to build a portfolio. My first session was last week, and I have another one next week.
My first subject was a very confident 3-year-old, who was quite eager to pose for the camera. She was also very quick to get bored! The mother wanted the images in their garden, but it turned out to be a very tiny cottage garden, and the sun was out for the first time in days, with little shade available, making the light very harsh. There was also a slight breeze and her fine hair was blowing all over the place.
I did take my reflectors/diffuser, but stupidly did not take them out, despite having my voice activated light stand, AKA my husband as my assistant! Also, the back garden had chickens running loose, so lots of chicken poo all over - not good.
The session lasted about 30-40 mins, by which time the girl had had enough. I managed to get about 12 images that were OK, in my humble opinion. Here are some for your expert critique.