'A chef's creation'

Spaghettini Jazz and Grill photoshoot.

Whether I am capturing the thrill of a high-speed action shot or the warmth and nuance of a chef’s creation a broad range of skills are needed for successful consummation.

"It takes hard work to make it simple."


This photoshoot included a mix of disciplines of plated food photography, beer & wine pours, mixed drink crafting, food prepping, executive portraiture, lifestyle captures, and jazz musicians. You could say it had it all.

Drink pours and serving shots require getting it right on the first take or two. Capturing at the peak moment can be make or break.

With the executive portraiture the goal was to capture the inviting staff in their work environment.   

I chose to use my Hasselblad X1D2 for its medium format tonal range and incredible lens sharpness. A lens focal range of 35-75mm lens provided the right flexibility and dynamic look.

The location had many wonderful scenes to photograph. I added accent light to create a simple, natural style for the images.
Beer and pizza... what's not to love?!

Capturing the food right after preparation to ensure it retains its appetizing look is paramount. Although the chef plates the food flawlessly, our food stylist is onset with q-tips and tweezers making each shot perfect.

  Grammy award-winning musician Eric Marienthal on stage at Spaghettini during a soundcheck.  

It's a wrap. It's a creative challenge each time I look through my camera. It's a play on being a visual artist as well as a technical photographer. Creating a dynamic look with lensing and lighting is what keeps me up late at night as well as gets me up early each morning. I love it!


Owners, Laurie Cirseno & Cary Hardwick. www.spaghettini.com

Marketing Director, Joy Hardwick.

Chef Victor Avila, and the entire Spaghettini staff.

Creative Director, Dave Gath www.gathdesign.com

Stylist, Richele Silva.

Photographer, Eric Hameister www.hameisterphoto.com

Behind scenes photography, Kathrine Sully.

Photo assistant, Derek Hameister.



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