1.)Yes it is softer than I would have liked. It was very much a snapshot. I was on the floor about to change lenses and just saw it and snapped. Not sure why the focus is lowdown,I thought I had focused on the head, Obviosuly not! I took some more similar afterwards, but the poses just didnt look as natural as this one.I like the set, especially #1 & #3.
However, I do think in #1 and #2 it seems the focus has missed slightly where you you really want it, quite possibly due to movement from when focus lock was acquired and the shutter firing.