Here is the original:
One of the reasons I liked the other image was that there were no people in the background. So today, in the spirit of learning from Ashley's tutorials, I did a new clean edit and cloned those people out. Here is my final simple edit without the people.
I had done a simple edit in the week that somehow I did not keep except for after a crop that I do not love. It is however the edit I worked with in order to get my final image and, except for the people still being in it, I like it better. So to make my post longer than it needs to be when I could actually have a short post, I'm going to show it to you, too.
I had done a little more skin smoothing here and ran a noise reduction filter in PSE--I know it doesn't work as well as the outside program Ashley and others have recommended, but it is what I have. I cannot remember what else I did, but I do think this is almost a photo I would print.
Then I took the non-cropped version and ran some actions. I played around a lot, but what I ended up liking the best was PW Beauty BW with a PW Colorized ran right after it. I then adjusted things and added a multiply layer for her face because it was too washed out. Added a little more color to her eyes and lips (maybe more than I should have) and finalized it with a vignette. Oh, and then this morning I cloned out the people, because they were starting to bug me. Given what I started with and the fact that I have only been editing pictures (except for cropping and maybe an occasional auto correct) since March 5th, I don't feel too bad about it.
Be sure to visit Ashley's Blog to view other Rain/Umbrella edits. I saw most of the SOOC, and the edits are bound to be awesome!
Oh, and here is my before and after so you don't have to scroll up.