Food Photography

Got food? This category may or may not stick. I’m not a food blogger, per se, but I’ve taken a few food photos for business and pleasure, so for now, it’s here. Personally, I think shooting food is actually hard work! You’d think a subject that doesn’t move (hopefully) would make for a pretty easy photo, but that’s not necessarily the case.

Udon Noodle Portraits for a New Seattle Restaurant

Tonight is the friends-and-family party celebrating the opening of my brother-in-law’s new restaurant, U:Don Fresh Japanese Noodle Station. Yes, there’s an emoticon in the restaurant name. Don’t fret! It’s called clever branding!

The anticipation has been building for a while, and everyone is quite excited for U:Don to finally open. Outside of handling the website and the rest of the online presence, I also took part in some of their photography artwork, collaborating with Scott Pitts, food photographer extraordinaire, to create a pair of large-scale photomontages.

The original plan was to try to use all of these images and more in the large 8-foot-by-3-foot spaces (and thank you so much to Hal, Jaelithe, Doug and Yuko for their time and patience!), but in the end we distilled the idea down to using just two of the images, paired with some of the food photography. Whatever the outcome, it’s still pretty marvelous to see one’s work upon the wall of a new Seattle restaurant. It makes dining all the more pleasurable!

Japanese lesson: To give thanks and begin a meal in Japan, you say “itadakimasu” [phonetically, say: “ee-tah-dah-kee-mahss”]. I think I’ll be saying that quite a bit at U:Don.

Bastille Day at Café Campagne

Bastille Day, that French national holiday, commemorating the birth of the French Republic. How wonderful to celebrate a day when an armed mob of citizens stormed the Bastille prison in 1889 for the right to drink wine, eat frites and watch can-can dancers.

Or something like that. That’s how we celebrate it in Seattle anyway — minus the storming — especially when done right like at Café Campagne. You may remember last summer when I shot their Tablée du Marché dinner. Here are some shots from Bastille Day (and don’t forget to also check out the shots of the the Can-Can dancers and The Shanghai Pearl).

Campagne Restaurant Tablée du Marché Dinner in Post Alley

It’s true that the skies rained upon Campagne restaurant’s special Tablée du Marché dinner, held in Post Alley last month. But the large event tent sheltered the guests just fine (not to mention the waitstaff and the photographer), and a good time was had by all.

Lighting for photography was tricky, as you might imagine, so I set up the tripod for a series of long exposures, capturing all the romantic mood of a popular restaurant, an eclectic public alleyway, and happy Seattle-ites filled with food and wine. Cheers to that!