Thursday, November 20, 2014

Behind the Scenes: Getting Ready to Photograph Sushiana's New Menu

Yesterday I spent several hours photographing the new "mock-meat" Asian menu that was recently introduced at Sushiana, a Kosher sushi restaurant in Highland Park, NJ. Sushiana recently moved from its original cramped quarters into a new, spacious location, and has been rolling out an expanded menu including Chinese and Thai dishes.

I had photographed the original menu, and many of these photos can be seen now on Sushiana's web site. But with so many new dishes added, it was time to take more photos.

I'm working on the images, and hope to post them here in a few days. But I also brought my "street" camera, the Fujifilm X-Pro 1, and as food was being prepared I roamed around the kitchen and store to get a flavor for what goes on behind the scenes. Here are some of the results.

(Note: All photos © Mason Resnick and my not be reproduced without permission. See note at the end of this post.)

Owner Michael Kornblum puts together a list of dishes for me to photograph while sushi chefs Larry and Albert work in the background.

Lights, wall! I chose the Living Wall, a visual focal point of the restaurant, to be my background. As you'll see when I post the photos, the big windows on the right became a factor in how I ended up lighting many of the dishes.

Busy kitchen: Chef and staff prepare meals for photos as well as for the day's guests as they start arriving during the shoot.

Dessert! Sushiana's new dessert chef prepares something that looks like it will be delicious...and chocolatey. Sushiana's dessert menu has expanded.

The "already shot" table.

Stay tuned to see the results both here and on!

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