TIP #7: Focus on the eyes.
When shooting pictures of people I find that I love it most when the focus point is on the eyes. So put that red dot right on those eyeballs. They draw in so much emotion.
Even if your subject isn’t looking directly at you it’s still very effective to focus on their eyes. It allows for the most important part of their face to be in focus. You don’t want the tree behind her in sharp focus and her eyes out of focus. Or you don’t want part of her dress in focus and her eyes soft and not in sharp focus.