Disclaimer: This is not my photo. I did not take it.
Copyright belongs to the original photographer.
My clean edit:
(crop, levels, Nice N Clean action from Ashley Sisk, tweaked to taste, manual eye sharpening)
My color edit:
(a bit of a retro feel using an action from M4H)
My b&w edit:
Ever since I realized that professional photography is not in the cards for me, I've become much more comfortable using actions to edit my photos. Since people aren't paying me to edit photos of their kids, I figured I can edit in whatever manner that I choose, whether I take the time to create the layers myself or use an action to get it done quickly.
Also, I am constantly reminding myself to scale back to prevent over-editing when working with photos of people. It's only when I edit still-life and nature photos that I let myself go crazy. Fair enough, right?!