Friends, thanks for your opinions and help. Here's the photo I ended up going with*:
I am submitting this photo into the www.iheartfaces.com Blurb Book photo contest. I am granting I ♥ Faces permission to use my photo in a printed version of a book for commercial use and possibly advertising of a photo book on both the Blurb and I ♥ Faces web sites.
Go check out the rest of the entries (or enter a photo of your own! The contest closes at 9:00 p.m. Central time tonight) at I ♥ Faces!
*Many friends and family did pick this photo as a favorite - but photo #1 technically had the most votes. As I was reading the blog entry requirements for the contest this afternoon, I realized that #2 was my only choice - close-ups of the face were requested for this contest. Noticing that detail earlier would have made my choice MUCH easier. But thank you for your opinions and comments. It was so fun to see which photo was each person's favorite.