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Studio Diaries: The Rue Cafe

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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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The dish below is the cracker salad – a bed of succulent broccoli, green beans and onion topped off with crunch prawn crackers.the rue cafe abuja, abuja cafes, eat in abuja, healthy nigerian meals

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!

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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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9 thoughts on “Studio Diaries: The Rue Cafe”

  1. This is really beautiful. I am a food dinosaur (not a fan of salads. Eba till I die😄). But this is breath taking!
    I read your blog from the shadows without commenting but I just couldn’t be lazy about acknowledging this.
    Well done!

  2. These look soo good especially the picture of that salad, can’t believe you’ve never tried french toast before, girl? I’ve been to Rue before, I loved the ambiance most especially, looking forward to going back and taking lots and lots of pictures. Thanks for the tip, after much thought I do agree especially with the way these pictures popped. Keep it up girl and make that money.
    Princess Audu

  3. Amaka! You are going placed, trust me. This is far too good. I am off to pin all on Pinterest. And oh by the way, are these guys on Instagram or have a website one can place order?

  4. Wow, this is amazing, Amaka. The chicken salad made me instantly hungry. So glad you didn’t back out despite the whole initial wahala on getting there. This is amazing, keep it up!

    Ash |

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