Your pictures are pretty good. There isn't anything wrong with processing pics to get a look that you are after in my opinion. But I also love a good photo that stands on its own without the glam.
Don't worry about people (especially anons) who say that it looks like snapshots. Some of the most famous images in the world were "just" snapshots. I love candid photography. I really prefer a candid portrait to a posed portrait anyday. It has a vitality that a rigid and posed shot just can't match.
The last image in your journal is composed fine, but you need to position yourself so that the sun isn't glaring down into your eyes. You and your boyfriend both have squinty eyes in that one. Next time, position yourself so that the sun falls from the side, lower in the sky, across your face. You won't have to squint so you will have big beautiful eyes and the side-lighting will look very nice.
Just keep shooting! And have fun.
at 6:21 PM on Apr. 2, 2009