Did these food shots for an Italian restaurant in San Diego, called Nicolosi’s. Images were used for printed take out menu’s and a billboard. The banner image on their website is mine, but the other images are not. Just so you don’t think I’m taking credit for anything I didn’t do….because that’s just the kind of guy I am. Happy Friday……Mangiare!
So I guess this is just how the world works sometimes. I was hiking around this park with my kids and found this great bench under a huge tree. Got a few fun shots of them and we continued on our way. A few weeks later I took this wonderful family out to the same area for a session, and we passed by the bench on our way and I thought we’d just grab a few quick frames using only natural light. A few are below and I just like them.
But wait, that’s not much of a story now, is it? Another week passes and I take yet another family into this park b/c there’s just so much scenery. We were going to a completely different area for their session, but of course we were going to pass by what should be called…..”the bench.” But I don’t think we’re going to be calling it “the bench” anymore. Somehow a large section of the tree that canopies the bench with shade had broken off, and Park Services came out to chainsaw down basically the whole tree. And so it is with sad fingers that I write to you now that the bench sits alone without any protection from the Sun.
These are from quite a while back, but I think they’re a nice representation of what I do for people who want a quick and easy head shot. Simple 2 light set-up against a gray seamless backdrop, a few outfit changes, and I think we wrapped in about 30 mins of shooting. Primarily an on-location head shot photographer, I do set-up a studio for those who need it….because I’m the one who cares.
People ask me what type of photography I do. And I usually answer, “people and food.” And the word “food” oftentimes elicits a quizzical look. Well, at least I try; it’s a relatively new part of my business.
So why shoot food? Outside of I just like to……… I really like the hours. “Can I show up at your place on Tuesday at 10 a.m? Yes I can!” It’s just easier on my ‘family time’ than “can you meet me on Saturday at 4 pm?” Don’t get me wrong. I still love photographing new as well as familiar faces any time they’re free to do so. Anyhow….I digress.
San Diego Homecooking is a 5 location restaurant I’ve shot images for a bunch over the last six months or so. Each location, interiors and exteriors. Plenty of food. More food during a commercial they filmed out at the Sysco Test Kitchen Facility, etc. If you get a chance, visit one of the 5 locations and let me know what you think.
Oh. Just realized that possibly the quizzical looks referenced above should be translated as “Bryan, why are you doing this? Hasn’t it been done enough?” And here I thought that they thought it was interesting…..
Well my blog was slowly dying, so I implored it to “not go towards the light!” 2014 was to be a new year of trying to blog regularly, and here it is late February. Better late than never, I suppose.
Here are a few recent portraits I did:
Okay, not really high noon, but another example of shooting at the beach and not at the Golden Hour. It’s tough, but it’s still fun and definitely viable. So why is it so hard? Because if the sky is cloudless, then there is no hiding from the harsh and unflattering blast from our glorious Sun. If the subjects face the Sun, you get squinting. If they turn slightly to avoid the blinding light, you get really harsh shadows and blown highlights. And should they put their backs to the Sun, and you want correct exposure on the face, then there goes your background.
Unless of course you add in a little, or a lot of extra light. I worked alone on this shoot, and used a single speedlight on a light-stand (triggered by a Phottix Strato II Multi) as we didn’t have a lot of extra time to set up additional light sources. Just looking for that little extra help (quit a bit actually as I probably popped the light at full power and certainly no less than half power).
The last shot seems a little corny, but every time I look at it, it makes me happy. Not sure why, and I won’t take credit for the idea. So here’s to wishing you a little happiness……
Come on, look again. Makes you smile, no?