I've attached my original, clean edit, and final below.
Camera Settings for SOOC: Shutter Speed-200 ISO-400 Aperture-f/5.6 Focal Length-45 mm
I used Picnik to clean it up. I adjusted the shadows, brightened eyes, and wrinkle remover for under her eyes. I still wasn't happy with the color of her skin as it tended to photograph neon. Normally I would have desaturated a bit but I didn't have to. Instead...
...I brought it into PSE and used an action from the Coffee House Decaf collection that I purchased from Paint the Moon called Biscotti which toned her skin color down a bit. I sharpened it for the web and used the twinkle eye action to lighten her irises a bit (also from Paint the Moon) and then applied the CoffeeShop Blog's Color Bar Template which I'm loving!
I think the best pictures I've taken to date have been outside on a cloudy day using natural light. I think I've really mastered camera settings for an overcast day. The sun, however, is an entirely different story. I need to practice more. I guess I'm just going to have to take more pictures. Darn, I hate that ;o)
WARNING: Mushy text coming up
A random note to my baby:
It took me years and years to figure out what I was good at.
Then you were born.
And every second of every hour of every day, I was doing something I wasn't only good at but was ridiculously great at and without even realizing it.
and always will be
And can you imagine that with time I will only get better?
That's just crazy talk ;o)