Baudoin y Flores! (wouldn’t that be a good name for a bottle of a vino tinto español?) are the dinamic duo, manager and chef respectively, of the deliciously successful Driftwood restaurant in Oak Cliff, Texas. This fall they will be opening a second restaurant in Oak Cliff by the name Casa Rubia, focusing on “modern tapas” a la Omar Flores.
I’ll be hoping for a Paella Valenciana, can Flores deliver? ;-)
When I arrived at the restaurant for our photo session, John Baudoin was seated at a table with the wine rep, tasting Spanish wines for Casa Rubia. A tough job but someone has to do it. There was beautiful energy and light to photograph John Baudoin right there where he was sitting.
The restaurant (Driftwood) where Flores was cooking the dishes for the shoot has windows all around so finding a table to use the available light was not difficult. The fotos below were lit with window light from the left side of the camera, rotating the table and dish so as to have the strength of the light coming from behind the dish. I almost always rotate the plate to find the best highlights and shadows on the food. If you do this the food will tell you how to shoot it. And as usual, no extra cards or reflectors were used.
The fotos of Flores in the kitchen, were a bit more challenging. It’s a tight kitchen and the guys are prepping food, so adding a light-stand, a power pack, cords, and camera tripod, was out of the question. I shot Omar with the available kitchen lights, with a high ISO (2400), hand held DSLR. I think it works.
Read more about Casa Rubia and Driftwood here and here.