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Food and Drink Photography @ San Ramon

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Food and Drink Photography @ San Ramon

It’s been a couple years since I last photographed the food and drinks at Firehouse 37 in San Ramon, California – and the owner was changing some menu items and plating – basically revamping things a bit. The food is delicious, the service is spectacular, and I can’t recommend this restaurant enough. If you’re in the San Ramon area, drive on over to Firehouse 37 for lunch or dinner!

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South Bay Tacos – Commercial Food Photography

I photographed some of the best tacos in San Jose / Santa Clara. Not only do they taste great, but they look amazing too! Here’s a few of my favorite taco food photos from visiting various locations, including Dia de Pesca (San Jose), Puesto (Santa Clara), Tacos el Compa Taqueria (San Jose), and Zona Rosa (San Jose).

Zona Rosa, San Jose

Dia de Pesca, San Jose

Tacos el Compa, San Jose

Puesto, Santa Clara

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Palo Alto Food & Drink Restaurant Photography @ Quattro / Four Seasons

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Palo Alto Food & Drink Restaurant Photography @ Quattro / Four Seasons

Quattro Restaurant inside the Four Seasons Hotel in Palo Alto needed a bunch of new food photos, including shots with a few food suppliers they work with (like for caviar, mushrooms, spices and fresh fish). This was a very productive 1/2 day shoot, covering over a dozen fully-plated entrees, some side dishes, cocktails, and even some action with the chefs in the kitchen. I’m very used to dynamic restaurant shoots like this, and my clients appreciate that I can quickly switch between food detail mode and lifestyle portrait mode as-needed. Here’s a few of my favorite shots from the Palo Alto food photography shoot.

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Grand Opening – Aprés @ Four Seasons Silicon Valley

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Grand Opening – Aprés @ Four Seasons Silicon Valley

Four Seasons in Palo Alto have a new “Aprés” outdoor-ski-lodge-style addition to their Quattro restaurant patio. I was hired to capture the ambiance, the feel of the setting – couples cozying up to open fire decor enjoying custom Tito’s Vodka-based cocktails. Don’t these photos make you want to check out this place? You should!

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Food and Interiors @ The Sea by Alexander's Steakhouse in Palo Alto

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Food and Interiors @ The Sea by Alexander's Steakhouse in Palo Alto

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…

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Pasta Dishes at Five Silicon Valley Restaurants

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Pasta Dishes at Five Silicon Valley Restaurants

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:

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Menlo Park Hotel - Food & Drink Photos

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Menlo Park Hotel - Food & Drink Photos

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:

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Food & Kitchen Action Photography in San Francisco

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Food & Kitchen Action Photography in San Francisco

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!

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Editorial Food Photography in San Jose

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Editorial Food Photography in San Jose

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!

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San Jose Architecture Photography – Din Tai Fung Restaurant

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San Jose Architecture Photography – Din Tai Fung Restaurant

The company that did the recessed lighting for Din Tai Fung in San Jose hired me to take some architectural interior photos of the restaurant. The manager was gracious enough to have his staff quickly clean and reset the space immediately after close so we could capture these panoramic interiors without people in them. Here's my favorites from the late-night session:

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Commercial Food Photography in Cupertino

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Commercial Food Photography in Cupertino

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!

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Burlingame Food Photography – Rangoon Ruby

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Burlingame Food Photography – Rangoon Ruby

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!

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Cupertino Commercial Architecture Photography – Rootstock Wine Bar

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Cupertino Commercial Architecture Photography – Rootstock Wine Bar

Rootstock Wine Bar just added to their Los Gatos location by opening a stunning new property in Cupertino off Stevens Creek Blvd. I took some interior and exterior twilight architectural photos for the company to show off the design of the business. Most of the photos are in my signature panoramic-style – and no, there's no HDR imagery here! I haven't tried the food or wine yet, perhaps in an upcoming shoot...

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Soquel Restaurant Photography at Cafe Cruz – Food & Lifestyle Portraits

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Soquel Restaurant Photography at Cafe Cruz – Food & Lifestyle Portraits

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:

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Palo Alto Restaurant Photography – Food & Portraits

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Palo Alto Restaurant Photography – Food & Portraits

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!

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