July 23, 2010

The Polish Ambassador

In spirit of going outside the box (I suppose "outside the field" is more appropriate) I had a fun shoot Wednesday with The Polish Ambassador at Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe.

David Sugalski aka The Polish Ambassador is going to be dropping beats at Madrone Art Bar in San Francisco and needed some promo shots for flyers. The event is called "Beatloaf" so his theme was to be eating his equipment, love it!

We were looking for a great cafe to do this shoot and what better place than Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe in Emeryville. Co-owned by Mike Dirnt of Green Day, this is THE spot to get some yummy comfort food and enjoy the flavor (both food and people). Gotta give a HUGE shout out to them for being so kind to let us set up and get some shots in the back room. Not only was the decor perfect, but the entire vibe of the restaurant, patrons and staff is all around awesome! Ironically the Wednesday special is meatloaf! How appropriate!

Had a couple different set ups, simple, just using some speedlites. Of course one failed on me, but the other one worked, phewsh!

David was a blast to work with and we had some huge help from his girlfriend, throwing out ideas, holding lights, and even getting in some shots as the background cafe girl =) Was great to have her second set of eyes and input.

Be sure to check out The Polish Ambassador and see him live. Also be sure to grab a bite at Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe, open until 1am, and on the Emery-Go-Round free bus line, plus a private parking lot, you really have no excuse! =)