Identity for sports bar / restaurant in Grand Cayman.
The project’s original name was to be “Beach House” – which is were we started developing concepts. Late in the process the restaurant changed direction (and name) leaving us in a bit of a pickle. We didn’t want to blow the budget by returning completely to the drawing board so we had to “massage” one of the existing concepts into something that would work with the new name and concept “Clubhouse”.
The fun challenge on this one involved the international audience present on-island. The American “standard three” sports (baseball, football and basketball) would have been an insensitive go-to for imagery… Likewise looking to the European standard of Soccer would be missing half the audience too.
We eventually settled on flag / pennants for symbology.
This was one of the final revs of the logo during development… I wanted the concept of the two flags being of opposing sides to carry through to black and white. But how do you do that and remain as “global” as possible… Best solution we came up with was “X” and “O” or.. more appropriately referencing it’s origin: Noughts and Crosses.
The client shot this down at the last minute before locking the logo down. I probably should have fought harder to keep it in the final – but you know… gotta pick your battles.
Photo shoot for Nadoz Café in Saint Louis… After years of establishing themselves as a great place to nab a salad, panini or crepe – they’re trying out a few new things. You wouldn’t think a european-inspired café would be a place to grab an American classic – but they’re hoping to catch folks off guard and illicit some curiosity.
These are a far cry from Burger King… I didn’t get chance to actually try one – but my eyes and nose said they’re delicious.
While there we also threw some other new stuff in front of the camera like their individual pizzas.
These were shot using natural light (window) with some hand-held Speedlight bounce-fill… Made for SUPER fast shooting. That kinda stuff always makes clients happy since I’m not there stinking the place up for hours with the meter running. 🙂
This was the first of a new shooting model for me… What do we call it? – “Stuctured Candids”?
We needed to generate some visuals for ads but instead of approaching it with a storyboard set-up, the client pre-opening invited a “SLU” (pun intended) of students to come hang out end enjoy complimentary drinks and eats. They were told they’d be photographed while they do this.
Prior to them getting there I lit the space – ( technically with a shotgun approach: big honking umbrella and wide dish bouncing off the back wall).
Then we just let the kids “hang out”… After a round or two they stopped caring or noticing the bearded guy roaming around and the lights going off…. and I just… shot whatever I could see.
The edited down results were then used for ad fodder.
I dig this approach – a lot – since it’s combining technical structured stuff like lighting but still editorial and doing that whole decisive moment thing.
Still lugging around an ancient dinosaur of a light pack – which – churns out 2400 watts of crisp beautiful light… I really need to investigate some newer, less bulky solutions though… especially if I can get this style of set up / shooting down to a science.