Working with layers is easy but you have to know your end result before you start mixing channels and curves to create great lighting effects. It's a fine line between artistic photography and great image manipulations and an over blown theatrical mess.
b+a Steps: 1. Cropped ever so slightly 2. Apply Gaussian Blur to background. 3. Ran Florabella's Ambrosia action then reduced opacity to 50% and turned off the "light" layers. 4. Ran Florabella's Sweet Sunshine and reduced to 20% 5. Ran Florabella's Highlight Protection. 6. Slight levels adjustment to boost contrast. 7. Slight Hue/Saturation adjustment to lighten Reds. 8. Sharpen. Voila! **She has disclaimer that grandma was supporting babies head.