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Despite the fact that I purposely put the background elements way far back from the subjects, and shot at a very wide aperture, my background absolutely refused to blur. This could just be because of my super short focal length (because the camera I used for this isn't DSLR, my focal length was actually 5.8mm, though I think the small sensor size makes it appear longer). Other than that, I have no freaking explanation.
Pretty frustrating, but within about a week, I'll have my Rebel XSi and P&S focal lengths will be a non-issue.
If any of you more experienced photographers have any kind of advice on how to make these better, please share. I still consider myself a total portrait noob.