Photographing restaurants is kinda my thing – everything from the smallest details to sweeping panoramic interiors, pouring fancy cocktails to elegantly styled dishes. The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse in Palo Alto needed some new photos showing off their banquet / private dining space, so we ended up shooting that and a lot more! Here’s a few of my faves…
If you love BBQ and tasty drinks and find yourself on the south side of Maui in the lovely little town of Kihei, then you absolutely must check out Fat Daddy's Smokehouse for dinner. Your family will love getting their hands dirty on these scrumptious, finger-friendly dishes (I highly recommend the "burnt tips"). The location is small, but packs big taste and a friendly, clean atmosphere. Nestled in the heart of the restaurant is a fully-stocked bar that is known for its selection of top-shelf whisky options. Eat up, drink up! Here's a few photos from my photo shoot there:
I shot some pasta dishes at five restaurants around the Bay Area in one day – needless to say my family and I ate well for a few days... I love the unique presentation at each location. Food photography is challenging, but highly rewarding (and tasty!). Enjoy a few of my faves from my "pasta shoot day" below:
A few mouth-watering photos at Gochi Japanese restaurant in Cupertino. Is it dinnertime yet?
The Executive Chef in the about-to-open Hotel Nia restaurant in Menlo Park is truly a visionary. I only photographed a few of the middle-eastern-inspired dishes, but the color, texture and overall presentation is truly impressive. I hope to return soon to photograph more of his edible artwork! Here's a few of my faves:
Alioto's is the oldest restaurant in San Francisco continually operated by its founding family (almost 100 years). They've got a ton of history in what is now Fisherman's Wharf, and are arguably the bedrock of San Francisco's purveyors of freshly-prepared seafood. Alioto's is expanding / creating a new brand with its own unique signature items and presentation. The goal of this photo shoot was to create a library of images to help promote the new brand on social media and other online outlets. Here's a selection of photos from the shoot, enjoy!
I shot a few Bay Area restaurants for a magazine article about Hawaiian food & poke dishes. Here's a few photos from each restaurant. Keep in mind these are quick shoots, 15 to 30 minutes max. I think food looks best when it's shot as soon as it exits the kitchen!
These are the some of the highlights from yesterday's commercial photo shoot with my San Francisco client, a national corporate dining service headquartered in the Bay Area. We had a ton of fun on this 1/2 day shoot in their commercial kitchen. I spent most of my time on a ladder and the team did a wonderful job styling; the chef of course performed his magic, presenting regular ol' food in an approachable and unique way.
Rootstock Wine Bar in Cupertino has much more than its namesake to offer it's customers. There's some really great food coming out of that kitchen that will go great with your wine pairings of choice. Here's a few photos from our food photo shoot that will give you an idea of the menu offered there. All photo by Bay Area commercial food photographer Chris Schmauch.
I originally shot some awesome architectural interiors at Rootstock Wine Bar, but they have more than just drinks on the menu – they've got some fabulous flatbreads, meat and cheese platters, salads and other yummy goodness. I haven't had a chance to go through all the photos yet, but here's a sneak peek of what they have to offer. Check them out in the new Main St. Cupertino shopping center and tell them GoodEye sent ya!
Today we had a 2-hour commercial food photography photo shoot at 4-year-old restaurant Firehouse 37 in San Ramon. The chefs in the kitchen were very productive, but we found a good balance of making sure I was able to shoot extremely fresh food without too many dishes stacking up in my queue. Everyone was very nice and accommodating, and I'm glad we finished up before the lunch rush. Can't wait to come back here for some architectural interiors.
Rangoon Ruby has multiple locations in the Bay Area, but these photos of their delicious Burmese cuisine were taken as they came out of the kitchen at the Burlingame location. Every dish looked delicious and piping hot, straight from the talented chef working a couple dozen feet away from my food lighting setup. Enjoy the photos!
This was a dual restaurant shoot – with the goals to shoot some of Cafe Cruz's more popular dishes as well as get some lifestyle portraits of some couples enjoying the nighttime ambience indoors near the fireplace and outdoors on the patio – by another fireplace and a fire pit. Lots of good stuff, this is one of my favorite restaurants in the Santa Cruz area! Enjoy a few photos below:
These are some of the best photos from a multi-day photo shoot at the fine restaurant MacArthur Park in Palo Alto. We had an aggressive list of objectives for the photography – to be used for marketing (print and web), advertising and general promotion. We shot some great BBQ food dishes (their specialty) – both by themselves and with people/hands. We also shot lifestyle portraits of customers enjoying themselves – at the bar and at the dining tables. I'll describe the photos in more detail below – enjoy!
This was an EPIC all-day photo shoot shooting over 60 staged dishes created by 14 chefs and many other people. By the end of the day we were all exhausted, but super happy with the results. We started out with some portraits of the female chefs then quickly launched into food, food, and more food.