So in the interests of actually ensuring we have good reason to keep pressuring each other to continue shooting regularly (in what little free time we have), my friend Shay and I have decided to join our photographic forces (and equipment) under the name 'Theogeny Studios.' As we both shoot Canon, our lenses, flashes and everything else can be pooled for joint work very effectively. Our knowledge and skillsets, also, pool reasonably well (at least, so we think)!
Our first attempt at this was tonight, using Shay's lighting gear, my new 40D, and a bunch of stuff around the house here. (For lenses, we alternated between the most expensive lens -- my EF 24-70mm f/2.8L -- and the cheapest, the oft-mentioned and much-loved nifty fifty that both he and I carry.)
I think there's a lot of promise here; after about 40 minutes of figuring out who was most effective at doing what, we fell into a reasonable division of tasks and fairly smooth teamwork. Over the course of quite a few hours, we shot something like 3 gigabytes of images. Of those, we found about 20 that we liked reasonably well, and 8 that we thought were the best of the evening. I've put those eight up in the Theogeny Studios set that I just made on Flickr.
We've already looked them over and found a few things we'll try doing differently next time (nothing dark by the edge of the softbox, for one; we had the dark there to prevent reflections onto the glass, but it also darkened the backdrop slightly). But I think we did reasonably well together for our first time nonetheless! Although the 'Love is Fluid' set are the ones I can find the most wrong with, I also still really love them. And the first of the 'Needle' pictures.