Cebu Bar & Bistro - Cocktails

Day 3 at Cebu was all about drinks. They've got several tasty cocktails on the menu and the world needs to know. As with the food, I had some fun styling the set with the ingredients that made up the cocktail. Liquor bottles are often big and take too much attention away from the drink, but any spices and botanicals used in the drinks make for good styling materials. 

Cebu Bar & Bistro, Cocktails
Client: Cebu Bar & Bistro
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Project Date: May 9th, 2017

Cebu Bar & Bistro - Food

Let's eat. Day 2 of the photoshoot at Cebu was of the menu. It was a long day filled with many delicious eats. I started to experiment with styling here. For a long time I'd been shooting food at restaurants mostly as it came, with little to add to the image beside maybe a fork and a napkin. This time around I asked the chef for every ingredient that made up the dish and I created a palate for the food to go on. The best results were with the fritters and the fish tacos. I also really loved the images of the fritters dunking in the sauce, and I just cannot decide between the two I posted below. One is nearly perfect and elegant, the other is more messy and intense, getting up into 'food porn' status. I also really enjoyed telling the visual story of the tomahawk steak, from the chef salting and preparing them, then grilling them, to the final plated presentation.

Cebu Bar & Bistro, Food
Client: Cebu Bar & Bistro
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Project Date: May 9th, 2017

Cebu Interiors Case Study Video

In the previous post I showed you the images I created for Cebu of the restaurant's interior. To dive deeper into how that project came to be and how the images went from concept to finished project, I produced this video!

Cebu Bar & Bistro - Interiors

It's funny how one thing leads to another. I photographed the Mid-Century Residence for my cabinet client Imperia. Around the same time the homeowner was in the middle of planning to take photos of his restaurant. He saw my images and said "we need this guy." So we talked through everything that they needed and it was a full shoot of both the space and the menu. The partners have owned this restaurant for 16 years and it's their baby, and they'd never had professional pictures made of it. It was exciting to be entrusted with showing off the place they'd put so many years into. The shoot took place over three days:

1. Interiors
2. Food
3. Cocktails, Interior Details, and an exterior twilight. We added on some brunch dishes, too.

Here are the images produced from day one, along with some of the details and the exterior from day three.

Cebu Bar & Bistro, Architecture / Interiors
Client: Cebu Bar & Bistro
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Project Date: May 8th, 2017

Mid-Century Residence

There are few things that make for a more exciting photo project than showing up on location to find that the place is already beautifully decorated and filled with sunlight. They had so much nice stuff here that I was really struggling with deciding what to remove to simplify the images. There we so many cool items and SO MANY PLANTS! Every house needs so many more plants. I need more plants. But these homeowners have it down. You should also also know that they found, I said FOUND, the  massive cacti in the living room and stairwell. There was so much more of this beautiful mid-century modern house that I wish we could have gotten to, but our shoot focused on the kitchen and took most of the day. But trust me, the rest of it is just as gorgeous.

Mid-Century Residence
Client: Imperia Cabinet, Purekitchen
Silver Lake, Staten Island, New York
Project Date: March 23rd, 2017

State Street Townhouse

This townhouse in Boerum Hill had a lot of nice character thanks to the homeowner's items. This was a project Imerpia Cabinet did a few years ago and we photographed as part of a project to catalog all of their work and modernise their website (still under construction at this time). 

State Street Townhouse
Client: Imperia Cabinet, Purekitchen
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, New York
Project Date: June 22nd, 2017

West 90th Street Townhouse

Townhouse on the upper west side for Purekitchen / Imperia Cabinet. Construction had just finished and we went in quick to get the photos before it sold. Client wanted to keep it simple so we didn't do any staging, just saw the space raw. My favorite is the one point perspective (the first image below) because without the context it could be anywhere. You can imagine your whole dream house around it. The other angles show off the details of the kitchen.

Imperia also made the vanities in the bathrooms, the minibar, and the fireplace chimney surface you see in the background of the final image. I really love the bathtub here, it caught the light so peacefully. 

90th Street Townhouse
Client: Imperia Cabinet
Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York
Project Date: June 12th, 2017