This shows how dark it was originally.
This was after lightening it up and adjusting white balance in camera raw.
I usually always do a levels adjustment and clean up any red spots, blemishes, dark areas and such. Then I ran a Florabella action on it (and shame on me for not remembering which one it was). I know the white is blown out, but I didn't really care. I loved the light in her eyes and her expression.
Then I converted into a black and white using the duotones presets in PS. This is my absolute favorite way to turn into black and white. I love all the different color combinations available with just a click. I really like the softness of this photo.Oh, and I am no expert in PS editing but I have come a long way!