A sneak peek into my post-processing
The first photo is SOOC (straight out of camera). I use Adobe’s Lightroom for all of my processing.
First I lightened the circles under her eyes then, for the center photo, I applied Steller's “Color Shout” preset, which I toned down and adjusted slightly. I didn't touch her actual eyes - they were already gorgeous! Finally I increased the Luminance Smoothing (noise reduction) 100%.
For the last photo, I used Steller's “70s Heatwave” Preset then recovered some highlights and adjusted the greens. Lastly I adjusted the Noise (Luminance Smoothing).
As you can see, with minimum post-processing you can get two very different feels for the same portrait. I love editing – for me it’s a continuation of the artistic process of creating a specific photograph.