On the advice of some of you gentlemen, I've taken today's shots without flash, and with a tripod. The tripod is fine, if a bit awkward to see the finished results easily while photographing, but the documentary aspects of photos without flash I find a bit wanting - there will be flash tomorrow.
For your perusal, then . . .
Much better perspective....just get your lighting correct and you are there.
Oh, and I like the tie...depsite the purpleness and the knot.