I really wasn't that keen on this photo until I gave it a new crop. Something was just off. But I cut a little bit out and all of a sudden I think this is the first change's best shot, the shot that will go in my portfolio.
Okay, and also, after having worked with a decent amount of models, I'd like to point something out. The importance of working with a good model. I think a lot of the time when we think of models we think of these pretty girls that just stand there and thus their looks become the number one most important facet when selecting a model. And I agree that you shouldn't shoot with a model whose look doesn't appeal to you or to the audience you're seeking with the photo.
Melissa - a great model
However, having a model who is genuinely good at MODELING will make any photo you take of her instantly exponentially better. I've taken some nice pictures of beautiful girls that still come out overly posed or stiff. And I think I am a decent posing coach, so it's not entirely my fault (obviously, I am sure I could be better at this). Girls that are talented models make shoots shorter and funner, and also just deliver the goods.
It's just something to consider. I'm trying to rule out all fresh faces or other girls with very little experience from my TFCD list right now...it's just not worth the trouble to schedule, style, and shoot a model who can't deliver.