When asked by Sacramento Magazine if I wanted to do an assignment that would include photographing burgers, without hesitation I replied, “YES… all over that one!”
On the day of the shoot, I couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather. The temperature was in the low 60’s, sky was a lovely shade of blue with big, white, puffy clouds and the natural light coming through the front windows of the restaurant where I set up, made the shooting conditions near ideal.
I met the chef first thing upon arriving at the restaurant and we discussed the dishes he would be preparing for me to photograph. Throughout the shoot he and his staff were great… they kept the food coming at a timely pace and each dish was nicely plated.
Here are a few outtakes from the shoot and some of the photographs featured in the article.
I bought my son/assistant for the day, the Rodeo Burger for lunch and he said it was the best burger he ever ate! I’m no dummy… pay him a decent wage — buy him lunch and afterwards he says, “Wow mom that was cool!” Now if I can just get him to clean his room!
During the shoot, a server was helping me by bringing the various entrees from the kitchen and clearing the food from the table after I was finished with it. While I was working on the last item for the shoot, the thai garlic chicken wings, the owners asked me to take some shots of them around the interior/exterior of the restaurant. After about half an hour or so, when I got back inside the restaurant to finish up the shots of the wings, they were G O N E !!! I asked my assistant where they were, and he said, “The server took them.
thai garlic chicken wings
After locating the server and telling her the wings had gone missing, she laughingly replied, “Oh I’m so sorry, I thought you were done with them.” When she first brought the dish out she had said, “These are my FAVORITE!!!” and apparently she had set her sights on them. She quickly brought them back downstairs, albeit missing one celery stick, but the wings were still intact and I quickly got the shots I needed so she could finish her lunch.
blue linen cocktail
One of the house specialties, the blue linen cocktail was photographed outside in the patio area which has a very cool granite table with a fire pit running through the middle of it. Could be a great place for discussing “hot topics.” Okay couldn’t resist! I watched the bartender mix up the cocktail and it’s pretty simple containing just a few ingredients: Hendricks gin, St Germain elderflower liqueur, cucumber, blueberries, and lemon. A little alcohol, a little veg, a little fruit… mix it all up in a shaker, pour over ice, add a slice of lemon for garnish and enjoy!
smoked salmon pasta
tear sheet from the march issue of sacramento magazine