When I first moved my business to Santa Cruz four years ago, Kianti’s quickly became one of my family’s favorite restaurants. They have a kid-friendly atmosphere (the kids each receive a hunk of pizza dough when you sit down), the service is prompt and courteous (they enjoy a very low turnover rate among employees), and on Friday and Saturday nights the most amazing sing-and-dance performance spontaneously occurs at dinnertime. All the employees, even the guys in the kitchen, participate in the choreographed event that changes every so often. It’s a lot of fun – and of course this place wouldn’t be a favorite if the food wasn’t amazing as well (which it is!).
Back when we first discovered this place, I sent a “cold-call” email to Tracy and Kelly, the two owners of Kianti’s – seeing if they could use any professional food photography. I didn’t expect to hear from them, I mean – who is this guy emailing out of the blue anyway (I didn’t)? Fast forward to a couple weeks ago when their former-employee-turned-event-planner Hollis was charged with throwing Kianti’s 10 Year Anniversary / Employee Appreciation Party. Hollis finds me online to photograph the event – and guess what, I’m now on the radar with these ladies. Needless to say, this is the beginning of what I know will be a fruitful relationship, full of yummy photos and great food – or is it the other way around? Regardless, I’m honored to be Kianti’s photographer, and look forward to amazing things to come. Here’s a few favorites from this morning’s food shoot – look for some of these on an upcoming menu redesign!
Looking for an on-location food photographer in Santa Cruz? San Francisco / Bay Area Commercial Food Photographer Chris Schmauch makes food look really yummy! Call (831) 216-6210 or fill out this nifty contact form (for serious inquiries only).