LUMEE Street Food Restaurant based in Manama, BAHRAIN. I did several food photography for their other restaurants brands since 5 years. LUMEE has an unique, fantastic and crazy delicious food.very young, open minded for new look and creative in every project. He doesn’t want his menus like famous worldwide brands copy, his food is definitely different from them and has to be different look too. He loves to travel around the world and wherever he goes from UK to Japan he buys props, we had hundreds of props. The shooting took 7 days, and at the end we were out of all props, used almost all of them for this menu shoot. I think he has to make another world tour ?
These are some of the props we used
Next to Lumee, they have one more place which they took it and under renovation for a new restaurant concept. Hopefully we will do another new shoot for this menu soon. I can’t share what is the new restaurant, top secret ?
This is not a studio, like a construction area, we could’t have an option because we need kitchen, chefs and cook the food fresh, can’t do this in a studio. Also have to see all props and choose for each dish. Shooting was like improvisation, not planned too much.
I used double shot espresso to make stain on concrete dirty floor. I got an amazing effect more than I expected, liked it a lot. Concrete & Italian Espresso!
Here is how image looks at preparation, before shoot.
And the images looked like that.
We used some other backgrounds too. And wanted to make some life style look, used client’s hands. He is passionate about his work. He loved to be my hand model, we didn’t hire hand model ?
This is breakfast, people ask me why it is blue? We did morning light effect, that’s why it is blueish ?
The shooting took our 7 working days and editing took 9 days. Total 16 days for 113 images.
I have many restaurant clients. Most serve similar foods, but my photos has to be different for each, because they pay me. I never ever afraid of exploring, experimenting, sharing new ideas. I focus my work at the shooting, Focus the job, keep it simple and clean.