Some restaurants are about the experience. They have great food, but a meal there is about more than just that. Lifestyle restaurant photography tries to highlight the experience of eating in a restaurant right along side the great food. It brings together atmosphere the setting creates, the shared good time with friends and the way the food makes everyone feel.
Lifestyle Restaurant Photography
A lot of restaurant photography centers around food, and rightly so. For this shoot we chose to focus on the guests and use the location and food as seasoning for the story. For a shoot like this there are a lot of elements to bring together. You need a reasonable size party of model guests for starters. You also need to be able to visit the restaurant when they are not open, usually after hours. The restaurant needs to bring in their star staff to work the shoot as well. That staff is “on stage” and also handling the food prep for the shoot. Luckily, at a restaurant like Texas de Brazil, the staff is used to performing under pressure and to the highest level.
Cocktails at the Bar
Our guests experience at Texas de Brazil kicked off as they entered and enjoyed some cocktails at the bar.
Great meals are less a single event than an entire sequence of one great thing after another. That all starts with appetizers and wine along with the wait staff that serves it. The entire process is an enjoyable experience.
The Main Course
Texas de Brazil is a Brazilian steak house. That means that meat and fire are front and center. Besides capturing the guests’ experience, we want to give everyone a peak behind the curtain to the process the Churrascaria go through to prep the meat. Guests at the restaurant get to watch them and we wanted to bring that experience to the viewers of the photos.
There is a lot of motion and energy during the main course service. Adding some motion blur helps us convey that energy.