Corner Bakery Cafe

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A small sampling of some of the work I’ve done for Corner Bakery Cafe over the years. My goal in most of my retouching is to alter as little as possible, unless the client, in this case BrandCory, directs me otherwise. So with excellent food stylists & photographer Dick Patrick, you’ll see that most of these image’s changes are color related. If some of the croppings seem odd, it’s due to the way they use some of the images, as well as overlaying headlines, tall posters, wide register signs, and everything in between.


Warmed it up overall, subtle color shifts helped set the mood for this dramatic cover shot. And added some steam from my private steam library.


Multiple shots of syrup dripping, probably around 7, were used to compose this image.


I brought a lot more warmth to this spring table shot, and it livened up the tea quite a bit.



A half sandwich & soup is a regular sight at Corner Bakery, but a disappearing bowl shouldn’t be. If that even makes sense?


Cold sandwiches are fine in theory, but rarely in pictures. And let’s be real, who wants to see a wrinkly bun?


If it’s actually on a grill, you’d think it was hot, but you my friend, have never been on a photographer’s set as they are capturing food. The amount of time it takes to get the lighting right is not convenient for the temperature of the actual food or set. The lights are hot enough to bake anyone watching, but not efficient at keeping the food warm. For those of you that don’t know, the food is always made in (at least) triplicate. One just as a stand in, then at least one as the Hero, and I guess the other one is the “understudy,” in case the Hero fails to perform.


Even though the actual sandwich kind of melts all together, when people are looking at a menu they want to be able to see the main ingredients in it. Additionally, the grill marks got a little too black on this one, so I de-burnt the toast. I wish I could do that in real life.



There goes that bowl again, and wouldn’t it of been great if the sandwich was closer to the oatmeal. Not only can it move a couple inches over for one ad, once clipped out, it can now move somewhere else for another ad’s copy/headline or even on a entirely new background.



I’m going to go out on a limb with this statement. If you’ve ever seen a picture that looks appetizing and has blueberries in it. It’s been retouched. There I said it, I can’t take it back. It’s posted on the internet, after all. Feel free to email appetizing blueberry images that you find that do not follow this rule.


The Blueberry Rule might apply better to artichokes, but let’s be honest it’s usually the accompaniments that you look at with artichokes. Vegetarian sandwiches can need retouching too.


The shadows really made this shot difficult. They muddied up the contents of the pitas. I’m sure glad I didn’t have to light this on set. If they spent more time on any of lighting the interiors of any pita, another pita’s contents would of wilted on set. And let me tell you, you would rather me be tweaking colors and shadows than trying to breathe life into dying food. That takes much more time!


This is what you should do when you haven’t decided on or designed a gift card for the holidays yet. Don’t hold up everything else! Please notice the gift card’s reflection on the wood too.