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If you have an L lens, it should have come with a lens hood. If it did not, you can still purchase one. And you can get them for the rest of Canon’s lenses too. Sigma lenses come with hoods, as do Canon’s L lenses.
Using a lens hood will greatly reduce lens flare, unless you are pointing the lens right at the light source, then you are on your own.
Flare is mostly a change in contrast. I think it was browneyedgirl89 that put up some photos, with and without flare, so she may be able to comment.
This is your photo with lens flare removed. Right click and you can save it. The circle by her head was selected and contrast was adjusted, twice, with a bit of band-aid repair between and at the end. The flare on his leg was selected and contrast adjusted, then a smaller area was selected and contrast adjusted again. The band-aid tool was used to hide the seams, and the burn tool was used to darken the area down more.
You might like Scott Kelby’s Photoshop book. It is a good place to start because it is like a cook book. If you want this effect, here are the ten steps you have to perform to get it done. Then you move on to the next thing you want to do. After a while you can find your way around on your own.