Just completed a feature assignemnt for NJ Monthly Magazine on Cigar bars. It involved a mix of portraits, interiors and still-lifes and I'm super psyched how well it came out.
Here's the final layout:
I went into this assignment wanting everything to be rich, punchy and dark with a lot of atmosphere, so I lit everything with grids and really shot for the shadows. It helped that everyone was awesome and I had a bunch of great things to work with.
Chef/Owner Nick Vazquez of Azucar in Jersey City:
Owner Jonette Kraft of The Smoking Dog Lounge in Maple Shade, NJ:
Luis Cortez of Cortez Cigars in Shrewsberry, NJ making cigars:
Composited interor shot from Porter House Steakhouse and Cigar Bar in Montvale: