This photo was taken on Thanksgiving of 2012 in Manitou Springs, CO. The Salvation Army gives away hundreds of meals, and this one of the volunteers hard at work. I volunteer for this particular job each year and am turned down every time. Maybe it’s because I only have the same look she has on her face when I’m eating pie, not when I’m giving it away.
I made basic adjustments and reduced noise in Adobe Camera Raw. In Photoshop I applied curves and black & white adjustment layers. I used the Spot Healing Brush to remove spots and stray hairs. I also used the burn tool to darken the background and remove any distracting elements.