In December Sauce Magazine asked me to photograph a small comfortable wine retailer/bar called Cellar House.  I was to photograph the location at night as it was to run in their “Nightlife” section and I was to get up with bar owner, Pete, to make the arrangements.  I had been running ragged with the purchase of a new home and the filming of “Light of the World” for Morning Star church, but I took the job.  I wanted the challenge.

I arrived and the place was packed and I mean PACKED, as in, not a seat the house or place to set up for a shoot.  Good on ya, Cellar House, good on ya!  I made eye contact with the bar tender the second I walked in and he gave me a little nod and a smile which I took to mean ‘there’s always room for one more’ and I made my way to the bar.

Peter and his crew couldn’t have been more accommodating.  Even though they were slammed the quickly whipped up the drinks and plates I was assigned to shoot, all with a smile on their face.

It’s obvious that Cellar House is a favorite local hot spot as the staff and bartender knew everyone who walked in the door.  They knew names, regular food and drink items but they also knew, and asked about, family travels and sick kids.  It has a true CHEERS feel to it and that, plus the fantastic food (I ate the N’duja bread) makes Cellar House a great destination spot or local hang out.

From what I observed you should be able to find an open table around seven and even if you do have to wait for a table at the bar you are sure to make a new friend via one of the wait staff or the bartender.

Ultimately I was satisfied with the images from this shoot, however I was frustrated with the coloring on the N’duja bread shot.  I didn’t have much room to manufacture lighting so the image was shot with an on camera flash defused with a paper napkin.  This kind of shot is something I am going to work on in the future.  I think I need some white bounce cards to envelop the backside of the food with light but if you’re reading this and have any suggestions I would love to hear them.