1. Be patient and wait for the right light outdoors. Sunrise and sunset are good time to shoot
2.Take lots of pictures and get up close
3.Focus on the eyes. It helps highlight the emotion and really draws in the viewers eye
4.I agree, need nice sunset (or sunrise) light...editing-not too much
5. Learn to use CS5 for editing. Layers, layer masks, & working with levels can make a world of difference.
6. I've used Photoshop for the past 22 years. My Advice when Using Photoshop - for quick color correction. I use the curves adjustments. Always make a duplicate layer of your original. Use the history palette - with that you can go back to where you liked your photo adjustments before you went beyond the best
7.Take lots of pictures...the more you take, the more likely there will be what I call "ahhh" pictures! You know, when your scrolling through the pics and you get to one that makes you pause because it's magic~just the right light, just the right expressions, just the right exposure, just the right picture....oh, and like others have said, get close
8. Head to the solid shade when outside. and look into your subjects eyes and walk around them see where the "catchlights" come out to play. that spark in their eyes that makes them look lively.
9. Rule of 1/3s when shooting pics! Play, play, play! Everyone has their own techniques in Photoshop.
Now for my part: