So similar, yet so very different... it's hard to compare the 2 because they both feel so very different. It's like a "before and after" shoot. The first image is calm, contemplative.... she's thinking about what she wants, what she feels. In the second image she knows what she wants. She knows exactly what she wants, and how she's going to get it.
There's a beauty in the first image, but there's an intensity in the second.
I've been looking at these for a while and Version I seems "off" to me and I finally think I know why. If you look at the shape of the model's head from the back it's the same in both versions. But the shape should change if the model tilted her head back and to the side. Are these composite images? Or am I seeing things that aren't there? Both images are excellent quality regardless of the methods used to create them.
i voted backward by accident i think, but I like version one more because the lighting is a bit more attractive, as is her expression. It invokes more desire in the feel of the image, and is less "I'm staring at myself in the mirror intently" like version two has.