The best part about photography at social gatherings is the opportunity to capture some candid shots. Really good candid shots are all about recognizing a good shot and taking advantage. Personally I love the shots that both grab a viewers attention and illustrate some essential aspect of the subject's character.
The sunlight in this photo really makes it great. It adds dynamic patterns of light and shadow, while creating flattering lighting for Lizzi (though, I'm told it was also rather hot).
Again, the lighting is very good in the photo, one of the benefits of outdoor summer gatherings. It's particularly good here, since its filtering through the leaves of the trees, which has a softening effect on the lighting.
And, yeah. We'll see you next week, hopefully with more prompt, detailed and well written postings.