Cropping needs some work. Needs some head space.
A little more skin color on the hand coloring.
On vignette, and clean up stuff, a little lighter tones. Darkness lost some of the detail. The background needs to be lighter.
Tips from others (That I need to do to mine too):
Amanda’s horse – the background is a bit too flat. Needs a little variation or gaussian fading.
Michael’s patterns on the photo – There’s a tool in Photoshop that get’s rid of patterns, something to do with the blur tool.
Nona’s pictures – They just use a link to the image file that opens in a blank file. Maybe link it to an html file that centers the image, or makes the window just the same size as the image.
Kurt’s images – When an image is ‘blown out’ (there’s too much white, over exposed), copy the image to another layer and mess with the copies opacity, or do multiply.
This needs to depict a different era than what your final project is. Tie it a time and place. Design a complete look and feel. A front page only with some decent text. Create an identity. Make an impact. Kind of bring it all to a crecendo.