Personally, flash photography is, in my opinion, an experiment in terror. Using "hot lights" is definitely a lot more ... controlled, because the light is continuous, but when you start playing with TTL ... all bets are off for consistency.
The closest thing I can come up with it being similar to is CRAPS.
Others may have a different story to tell ... but, you should plan on using lots of batteries and if you are on the move and changing locations, having your subjects posing several times to get just one shot.
Don I didn't do that good with the flash. I will post some of my attempts in the AM. I did go and try to shoot the Brooklyn Bridge Waterfall Project again. This time I had the tripod. I will also post some of those also.
Honestly, Frank, all I am saying is that it takes some time and practice to get the flash to even be close to anticipated results. Don't be too disappointed, as it is the one aspect of photography that has most of us by the throat.
That's not too bad ... but, I would like to suggest some kind of diffusion device to remove "hot spots", like the one on her cheek. These bright spots are where viewer's eyes go when they look at the image.
I recommend using Photoshop and a diffused brosh to soften it a bit.
Also, soften out the people in the background, if you can ... it will make the others really pop. Hey, it is all post processing work ... the final leg of a good image.
Nice job with this one, too, Frank ... so far ... just needs a little touchin' up.
Frank, a nice picture, I see what Don is talking about with "hotspots" from the flash. Not that I have any room to talk but what about P.P. the bright dots out of the pupils in the eyes? IMHO I think its kind of cool the way the flash reflects in the stones on her necklace and the little girls earring. I have read alot on here about focus on the eyes, and I see that in your photo really makes it feel "alive"