Restaurant Opening: Fogo de Chão (Food & Commercial Lifestyle Photography) @ Santana Row, San Jose (Day One)

I’ve shot quite a few Bay Area Brazilian churrascarias (steakhouses), so I’m no stranger to their gaucho servers and skewers of hot-from-the-oven hunks of meat. The food is delicious and the experience is one-of-a-kind. I was honored to work on behalf of my friends at Wagstaff to shoot the latest restaurant opening for their client Fogo de Chão. My assignment was two shoot over the course of two evenings – the first night (photos below) was a friends and family soft opening. The next night was more of a VIP event with an official ribbon-cutting with celebrity guests. Over the course of both nights, I captured behind-the-scenes action in the kitchens, portraits of gauchos with their skewers of steak, closeup and wide shots of the salad bar, the wine selection / bar area and cocktails, and lots of candid shots of customers enjoying the experience – with a few semi-staged “hero” shots of gauchos serving people. It was an ambitious assignment, given the chaos of a live event and crowded spaces. It’s extremely challenging to control the lighting in these types of uncontrolled environments, but I believe I got exactly what the client needed. Here’s a few favorite photos below – more to come from day two – the vip / ribbon cutting event.

Fogo de Chão - Santana Row - Friends and Family Night - Photos by Bay Area Food and Restaurant Photographer Chris Schmauch

The salad bar is an important part of Brazilian steakhouses

Fogo de Chão - Santana Row - Friends and Family Night - Photos by Bay Area Food and Restaurant Photographer Chris Schmauch

The gauchos are constantly moving in and out of the kitchen, checking the skewered meat roasting in the high-tech infrared ovens

Fogo de Chão - Santana Row - Friends and Family Night - Photos by Bay Area Food and Restaurant Photographer Chris Schmauch

A fun angle of the gauchos in the kitchen working the ovens.

Fogo de Chão - Santana Row - Friends and Family Night - Photos by Bay Area Food and Restaurant Photographer Chris Schmauch

This gaucho demonstrated using his blade to salt the beef

Fogo de Chão - Santana Row - Friends and Family Night - Photos by Bay Area Food and Restaurant Photographer Chris Schmauch

Gauchos proudly displaying tonight’s dinner offerings.

Fogo de Chão - Santana Row - Friends and Family Night - Photos by Bay Area Food and Restaurant Photographer Chris Schmauch

The exterior signage and patio of this newest Fogo de Chão restaurant, located in Santana Row, San Jose, California.

Fogo de Chão - Santana Row - Friends and Family Night - Photos by Bay Area Food and Restaurant Photographer Chris Schmauch

a friendly server

Fogo de Chão - Santana Row - Friends and Family Night - Photos by Bay Area Food and Restaurant Photographer Chris Schmauch

You can see the meat is still steaming hot – straight from the oven

Fogo de Chão - Santana Row - Friends and Family Night - Photos by Bay Area Food and Restaurant Photographer Chris Schmauch

This couple is getting served by a friendly gaucho

Fogo de Chão - Santana Row - Friends and Family Night - Photos by Bay Area Food and Restaurant Photographer Chris Schmauch

Multiple gauchos serve customers at a table

Fogo de Chão - Santana Row - Friends and Family Night - Photos by Bay Area Food and Restaurant Photographer Chris Schmauch

Some of the gauchos are trained in expert wine selection

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