“NOOO CYN! Don’t eat the props!”
That’s what goes through my mind 99% of the time.
Today I’m giving you guys a glance at what really goes on behind the scenes at one of our photoshoots.
On this particular day, we were shooting at Mina Test Kitchen. If you guys haven’t heard of MTK- think of it as an R&D lab for Michael Mina and his amazing team of chefs.
Seriously though, it’s genius. He keeps things INTERESTING. We basically get to try all of Michael Mina’s latest concepts before it becomes a restaurant in a different part of the country.
Some previous concepts include Ayesha Curry’s International Smoke (BBQ) and Postcards From La Costiera (Italian):
Okay back to the photoshoot. Now full transparency here guys… it’s not all glitz and glam.
I feel like you can’t really tell that from looking at the photos we take, because you can’t see what goes on behind the scenes.
There’s a whole lot of “holding food” but not actually “eating food.”
We’re also standing on chairs and getting a decent arm workout.
But besides the physical aspect, there’s also the mental side.
I’m constantly trying to find different angles, playing with shadows, and looking for new inspiration with each photo. My style of photography is always evolving (<–I might turn this into whole separate post? Let me know if you guys are interested in learning about my thought process when I take photos for clients).
Anyways, here’s a little behind-the-scenes video on our last shoot at Mina Test Kitchen:
So here I am…. Hungry. It’s been 3 hours. And I’m feeling like I’m about to roll over and DIE of starvation. I know, I know. I’m totally being dramatic.
Usually I can contain myself (because I’m a professional, duh). This new concept though… the food is UNREAL.
Mi Almita is a collaboration between Michael Mina and with James Beard Award-Winning Chef Hugo Ortega.
For $39, you get 5 COURSES. I mean, that’s almost like finding a rent controlled apartment in a new high-rise building in San Francisco.
Our task for the day was to shoot their whole menu. Think: authentic flavors, trio of ceviche, little neck clams, house-made Mexican-style chocolate… and need I say more?
If you want to try the best tacos I’ve ever had, ditch the taco shops in the Mission. And come here for $3 Taco Tuesdays.
Which BTW… won BEST TACO at this year’s Taco Knockdown at Eat Drink SF.
And this photo? Our friend Ashley had to “hold” it and “pretend” to eat it 10 times.
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PS: If you haven’t made plans to visit Mi Almita yet…. do it ASAP! Their tables get booked up fast.