Posts Tagged ‘Restaurant Photography’

The Power of the Visual Image

Monday, April 25th, 2016



After watching the Prince tribute on SNL this weekend, I am reminded of the power of the visual image to capture a moment. As a professional photographer, of course I know how important an image can be – it’s my career. But even us old pros need a reminder of how special the art of visual image is sometimes. The capturing of a split second in time in an image can say more than a thousand words ever could. At the end of Prince’s concerts, I had forgotten how he sometimes ends a set. He gets silent and lifts his guitar almost like it’s a God offered for worship. I had a moment where I clicked on that image in my mind, as if it were a still photo image and thought how incredible that one second capture in a still, would be if someone in fifty years, asked, “Who is Prince?”

I experience this kind of visual synchronicity all the time when I am shooting a home for instance, and the sun begins to set creating a sky that I couldn’t have painted any better. Or when a bird flies into a shot, unplanned. A little magic caught by the lens. It’s a different kind of narrative.

With that in mind, I have included what I think is a powerful image from a recent photo shoot. It’s a photo of an old Dodge truck from 1939. Take a look and see if you agree with me when I say, “There is nothing like the visual image to tell a story.”

Dodge Truck 1939

Dodge Truck 1939




New Architecture Of Benihana

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Everyone knows Benihana. As a restaurant chain they have been around for 50 years with their traditional Japanese Teppan style of cuisine. A new Benihana was recently opened at the Westfield Santa Anita Mall in Arcadia, California. I was thrilled to be hired to photograph one of the new Benihana Restaurants featuring an updated modern industrial look which will be the updated look as they go forward adding to their portfolio of properties. Restaurants are generally one of the most difficult photo shoots commercially, many different obstacles present themselves, I brought a large variety of strobes, hots lights, tripods, and remote camera and flash triggers. It was a long shoot, but yielded many great images showing off the beautiful design and style of this location.

Restaurant, Food, and Wine Photography

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

I get to see and shoot lots of great locations in my line of work, it also helps that I love great food and wine! So first lets check out “Friends of The Vine“, a super cool wine boutique with a wine bar located in Redondo Beach. It is really more like hanging out in someones living room often making it hard to leave. Serving and selling an impeccable list of high end and often hard to find wines, it is the perfect place to stop in and become a Friend!


Next up you really need to check out Hudson House also located in Redondo Beach, it is a eclectic restaurant run by Top Chef runner up Brooke Williamson with her husband Nick. An interesting mix of Micro Brews, Wine, and spirits with an emphasis on great food. I always have a weak spot for Seared Scallops and Charred Asparagus. I love shooting food, especially when it is well prepared, fresh, and looks like art. I almost always shoot from a tripod, the restaurant has some nice skylights that I used to naturally back light the food shots making it look wonderfully appetizing.

Kiss Rock the South Bay With A New Rock & Brews!

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss plus partners have opened their 3rd Rock & Brews restaurant in the South Bay of Southern California at 6300 Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach, CA. This was just a corner on the way to another destination, now it is the rock themed, burger slinging, many beers to pick from Rock & Brews!

This area needed something like this as is apparent by the long line and waiting list to get in on any given night. People sit at casual tables and watch rock videos while ordering up juicy burgers and brew from the impressive list of both beer and wine. I was hired to shoot the media day before the opening so the photos included show off the excitement and buzz the new restaurant has created in the area.

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