It still looks a little dark, I would bump the brightness up just a little.
The yellow might be because of the lights on the tree (the camera can't figure out what to set the white balance to?). If you shot this in RAW that would be very easy to fix. If you only have a JPG, it's still possible - but I'm not the one to ask.
If you are shooting RAW, use the eye-dropper tool to do a click white balance on the whites of her eyes - that usually works for me.
I have a few more here of her smiling, just going threw them now to get a good one. I was just playing around with the camera last weekend and all the settings, so some came out good and others, well........The second one is way better IMO as well. I will keep playing with the settings.
I didn't shoot this one in RAW-ugg. I had the settings for JPEG and I just switched over to the raw/jpeg option on the camera. I want to get some shots of the snowstorm in this setting to see if it works in lightroom.
Not to sure if I could get all the lights on the tree to look like hearts, although that would be nice-
Thanks for your help O-
I like both re-edits, they look really good. I'll give PS3 a try later this week with this picture and see what I can come up with. The snow has stopped, soooo....should find a few minutes to play in PS-
I like the re-edit Ls3D did. It looks good, and my wife likes it to. The re-edit myalover did was somewhat dark, but still kinda cool. I guess you could do a couple of different variations of the same picture and let the people being photographed decide?
Here's my try at editing. Below are some suggestions.
Face you subject looking into the frame, not out of it.
Don't center your subject in the frame (you didn't -good job, but her eyes are dead center. Put them 1/3 of the way from the top. Google rule of thirds and let it help be your guide. ( i cropped to put her eyes higher)
Not sure what camera or exposure you used, but the pic is dark. You could fix this by bumping your ISO up higher and allowing you shutter to stay open longer.
Use your white balance. Your pic was yellow because the ambient light in the room was either a household lamp or the Christmas tree lights. By switching your WB setting to tungsten you could have balanced the yellow tone out.
Try to have you subject looking into a light source. A window is a great source of natural light. Look for catch lights in her eyes. An eye with no catch lights (light reflection dots) look dead and lifeless.
One more thing, have your subject turn their head towards you, not their eyes. Body slight angle away from you, shoulders uneven and eyes toward you. And focus the camera on the eyes. Everything else can be out of focus, if the eyes are in focus you've still got a good pic.
Keep trying. With practice you'll get better and better!