1st off, I like it.
However, for some reason (maybe the border) it strikes me as one of those "motivation" posters.
I like doing fun things to photographs so they're not just a photograph. If you don't have it, try "The Gimp" graphics manipulation package. It's free, and every bit as good as Adobe Photoshop. They have filters that you can apply (like oilify) which make the photo look like a painting, among others. If you look at my gallery, I made my first wine label with it. Not saying that my wine label is a good label, but you'll see an example of the filter.
The second label definitely is easier to read. I like it.