The Rue Cafe is a neat space located at 3 Salt Lake Street, Off Gana Street, Maitama, Abuja. It is tucked into a corner of the Bamboo House Building. I was connected to the owner, Ele, through a previous client I worked for, Mint Organic Care. We talked on WhatsApp, and she told me her concerns from her previous photoshoot attempt, as well as sent photos of what she was looking for – emphasising that she wanted colours to pop. I had never done food photography before, and I was a bit nervous, though I didn’t back down.
Looking at Pinterest, I was inspired by all the beautiful photos with a black background. I’ve always loved food photography and the opportunity to try it out was not going to pass me by just like that! I prepared Hugo, my camera, for some hours of shooting.
Leaving the house, I found that I was running late. It was a rainy day outside and I knew If I didn’t get a cab soon, I’d be drenched. To my horror, a car was turning near me and in the process splashed dirty, orange water on my black jeans. I actually stood in shock for about 5 minutes, wondering what happened. When I came back to my senses, I got out baby wipes – something I always carry in my bag, and began to wipe.
I honestly contemplated going back to the house to change my outfit, but I didn’t want to be later than I already was. So, I hailed a cab which had a nice driver – he gave me a makeshift sponge to scrub my jeans and I did just that, all the way until we got to Maitama. We got a bit lost but I eventually found the place – it’s hard to find places that aren’t really on the map yet. I eventually met Ele, and the photoshoot began! I had fun directing it in a way, styling the food to look most pleasing.
This is my favourite dish out of the bunch – I loved the pop of colours which came from the avocado, cherry tomatoes, dried cranberries, cucumber, onions, chicken and the bed of lettuce.
The dish below is the cracker salad – a bed of succulent broccoli, green beans and onion topped off with crunch prawn crackers.
This is the french toast which was topped off with some dried coconut flakes – tasted quite nice, and It was my first time trying french toast too!
At the end of the day, I really enjoyed the process! I hope to get way more opportunities like this – so I can share as part of Studio Diaries, my newest series for the blog.
White backgrounds are nice, but I think food photos look best against a strong black or textured background – it just has a way of bringing character to the food and allowing details to stand out. As always, natural light is right.
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