I got into photography in 2004 and for the most part I have avoided taking pictures of people. I wasn't interested. I've always been pretty shy and introverted, so I just didn't really want the direct social interaction. In 2006 I did senior portraits for my cousin (mostly because I felt obligated) and while the results weren't terrible (especially for my very first portrait shoot with no research) there were some issues. I didn't really enjoy it, and it didn't have plans to ever do it again.
Since then I've developed more of an interest in portrait photography, but never pursued actually doing any myself. About a year ago I showed my boss some of my work and we talked a bit about photography. I stopped working with him shortly after that, but last month he asked me if I do senior portraits. I explained my experience with portraits and he was still interested, so I decided I would give it a shot. I did some research on techniques and things and bought a reflector. Unfortunately I didn't have time to actually get any practice in before the shoot. I figured as a worst-case scenario if they weren't happy I'd just give them what I got for free and they'd find someone better to do a real shoot.
I'll post a few of the pictures I ended up with.