Black and White Portraits for Christmas 2009

I have always loved black and white portraits.  Your eyes are drawn to the faces, hands and connections.  I have always loved the Walden's black and white portraits and at one of their workshops, they talked about what would happen if they cut off someone's head in the picture.  Would that work?  Would it be ok?  So I created images of me with M and E, and Paul with E.  The picture focuses on each child, but we are so connected.