Restaurant Photos

Paul Shields Chef
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Paul Shields Chef

Looking through some older shots to add some samples for some new self promotions. This is one of my favorite people shots. This was one of the last projects I did completely on film. And on my favorite film, Fuji Velvia ISO 50 slide film. At the time I could still get a better shot with higher resolution and dynamic range from my old manual camera and my Nikon slide scanner. But the technology was catching up fast.


El Paseo Fountain
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
El Paseo Fountain

The courtyard behind the El Paseo restaurant in Santa Barbara is one of thoes little jewels just off the beaten path in Santa Barbara that most people walk within 50 feet of without ever knowing it's there. This is actually an older shot that was originally published as a still image because the fountain itself was so beautiful. But sometimes it's fun to go back and play with the images a little and make something new.

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Figs and Honey
Monday, July 2, 2012
Figs and Honey

I love good food as much as photography, that's why some of my favorite clients are local restaurants. This is a first experiment for a new restaurant in Santa Barbara that will be opening soon. Unfortunately it's not really fig season, so it took a little looking but I finally found some nice ones. I took a lot of images this evening before the lights got to be too much (sometime I need a studio with a real air conditioner :) so far this is one of my favorites, but it was a hard choice. More to come!


Silvergreens Sunset
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Silvergreens Sunset

Our winter sunsets are absolutely amazing. Yesterday I was down town running some errands. I had plans to try to catch the sunset, but I knew it was going to be tight so I just brought my camera along for the ride. I was really glad I did. Fortunately there are an abundance of great perches in town to find new angles.


The Palace Grill
Sunday, November 13, 2011
The Palace Grill

This is one of my favorite spots in Santa Barbara, The Palace Grill. The people are friendly the atmosphere is fun and the food is absolutely amazing. The evening I shot this a few years ago I was taking photos of the exterior to send to friends as a memento of a wonderful visit. Just as they were about to open for dinner, the restaurant The owner saw me, after telling him why I was taking the photos he invited me in to get a couple of shots of the interior too.


El Paseo Restaurant Courtyard, Virtual Reality
Monday, November 15, 2010
El Paseo Restaurant Courtyard, Virtual Reality

This spot is a slecluded little courtyard behind the El Paseo restaurant. It's an amazing spot all around but I really love the wonderful Mandeviiia vine. It's got to be at least fourty years old.

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Newburyport Massachusetts Sunset
Monday, June 21, 2010
Newburyport Massachusetts Sunset

Another hand-held shot from our trip to Massachusetts. It was a beautiful evening. So many brick buildings! Of course that kind of architecture works in a place where the ground doesn't shake under your feet all the time.

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Natural Cafe Virtual Tour
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Natural Cafe Virtual Tour

A beautiful restaurant with great food! This is the Natural Cafe on Hitchcock in Santa Barbara. This tour was taken while I was there doing a shoot for a magazine article on the Natural Cafe. As long as I was shooting the interior I thought I would have some fun with it.

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The Natural Cafe Hitchcock Twilight
Sunday, November 8, 2009
The Natural Cafe Hitchcock Twilight

The Natural Cafe is a great place to get some excellent food in a wonderful atmosphere. This is the Hitchcock location in Santa Barbara. This is from a recent shoot for an article in a magazine featuring the restaurant, and their wondeful yet healthy food.


Joe's Cafe
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Joe's Cafe

This is from Tuesday night. Tuesdays are farmers' market nights on lower State Street. You can see the booths at the left. The street is closed so it makes it safer, and more interesting, to be down there with my camera. This is about my fourth attempt to get the image I was looking for. There is a large tree (at the left) in front of Joe's. The tree makes for nice pictures, but it makes it a little hard to get a full shot of the front of the building where you can see the whole logo. But, I love a challenge. And this Tuesday my art director (my wife) went with me so that always helps!


Brophy Brothers at the Santa Barbara Harbor
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Brophy Brothers at the Santa Barbara Harbor

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We were feeling like a harbor walk the other evening. And, it was looking like a nice night for some pictures. Of course I think every night is a nice night to take pictures. Even when it's raining... especially when it's raining. Looking outside right now, I might get some rain shots sometime in the near future. Although the last couple of nights it has waited until quite late to shower.

Anyway, the building at the left has, among other things, a great restaurant called Brophy Brothers where you can sit on the veranda up stairs and look out over the harbor. Been a while since I had a meal there. But I still remember the clam chowder. It was quite good. And the view is worth the trip too.


Zia Cafe
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Zia Cafe

I spent some time down on State Street again this evening. It was fun even if the number of people out that should probably not be driving home was even higher than usual. Still there were some nice people who were just interested in what the heck I was doing. This is just a couple doors down from last Saturday's shoot. A very nice colorful place. I have not eaten there in a while. (Not since my working in an office downtown days) But as I recall it was really good.


Eat at Joes! VR
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Eat at Joes! VR

I've been working more on restaurant photography lately. And, recently I got a request for a print of Joe's Cafe, a local landmark. At some point early in my search through old slides I realized it would be much MUCH more fun to just go take some new shots! Any excuse to get out with my camera makes me happy. This is one of the first shots. I have a few other angles I'm working with but it is going to take a couple of trips down there when the lighting is just right.

If you have any favorite Santa Barbara spots (or anywhere up to Monterey for that matter) you'd like to see, feel free to drop me a note with the form at the bottom of the page.


Fisheye Sunset at Savoy
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Fisheye Sunset at Savoy

I have been preparing more photos from an old shoot for one of my favorite clients. This is a beautiful restaurant on Figueroa Street in Santa Barbara. It is run by a really nice couple who grew up around here. With all of the huge corporations setting their sights on Santa Barbara in recent years it is really nice to see a good local business thrive!

They have really nice photos on the walls too! :-D


Frohe Weihnachten! Natale allegro! Merry Christmas!
Monday, December 25, 2006
Frohe Weihnachten! Natale allegro! Merry Christmas!

This is an amazing little restaurant where we had a wonderful Christmas dinner today. The first thing that called our attention to this it was the Maitre D'. As we got out of our car the first night we were in Carmel he came over to the wall under the lamp post and howled at Zoe. He was very excited to see her, he explained in a German accent that he had grown up with hounds just like her. He then asked us if we were ready for dinner and told us that he had a patio where Zoe would be welcome.

We were not ready for dinner then, but he left a real impression on us. Any place that was that friendly to our hound had to be ok.

It was a good assumption, the waiters were very friendly and the food was absolutely delicious. A perfect Christmas memory! We will be back again for sure!


Savoy Nights
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Savoy Nights

This week I had the enviable task of shooting and designing a new ad for a great restaurant in town. I love this kind of evening shot, and since the primary objective of the ad was to let everyone know they are now open for dinner it seemed the perfect opportunity for some dusk photography.

If you would like to see the finished ad, watch for the upcoming issue of Santa Barbara Food & Home or contact me for a sneak preview.


Tea Time at Savoy Truffles
Thursday, March 9, 2006
Tea Time at Savoy Truffles

Earlier this week I took some shots at Savoy Truffles on Figueroa for their promotional materials. What a great place for a photographer (especially one like me who loves to eat!)

I could have spent all day just taking pictures of their cool tea cups and tea-pots!

Everything is beautifully done there, from the interior to the presentation of the food itself. You can tell they really take pride in what they do. The owners and the employees all seem like they are happy to be there. Which is very refreshing.


Savoy
Friday, November 18, 2005
Savoy

I have been a little behind in the photo of the day. So I thought it would be nice to give you another glimpse of the one of the many projects I have going at the moment.

This is a beautiful new restaurant on Figueroa. They have been kind enough to allow me to display my artwork, and I am working on capturing their beautiful atmosphere for their marketing materials.

This Sunday they are starting a Sunday brunch, I'm looking forward to that!


Savoy Truffles
Thursday, November 3, 2005
Savoy Truffles

This is a new place that just opened on Figueroa Street in Santa Barbara, "Savoy Truffles." They were kind enough to display my photos in their restaurant. And, I am now working on capturing some images of their beautiful place. They actually took this place down to the studs and crafted an incredible environment inside.

The food is excellent, not to mention all natural. I can highly recommend the strawberry spinach salad and the cappuccino (the one in the photo did not last long after this was taken, it was gooood!) Perhaps best of all, the couple who own the restaurant are locals who grew up here.