I would also add that on #1, I would personally have added a bit more exposure, maybe even very light fill flash to brighten up the eyes and add catch lights.
On second, nice job on exposing for the dress. The subject needed some more post processing (soft skin, remove blotchiness from the arm etc). It would look nice in B&W too.
Here is some minor tweaking (
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