Daniel Ash Architects is doing some nice work with their architecture. I went along to shoot this renovation of an apartment in South Melbourne recently and loved its modern and clean look with really beautiful timber floorboards. The view over the Botanical Gardens was pretty spec'y too.
Here's some more shots from the shoot I did at the Builders Arms Hotel in Collingwood the other week. These are some of the images of the public bar downstairs that's been renovated. Even though it's had a real make-over, it's kept some of its 'pub' feel with lots of brown leather couches and black bar stools. And they've added some very cool, Melbourne touches, like the conical flasks that I'm seeing pop up everywhere at the moment. I've got one of these at home, but I use it as a decanter, whereas these guys are using them as water jugs.
Sometimes when you go somewhere really good to eat, you get something a bit more for your money than just a full tummy – you get an experience. This is usually when all of the little details that go into a restaurant have been thought about – the cutlery, the table cloth, the decor, the fact that the sommelier knows each and every wine on the menu inside out... So when you go to a place like Cutler and Co (another one of Andrew McConnell's restaurants), that's what you notice. The team is like a well-oiled machine, and while I was here shooting some of their food and interiors, I overheard one of their team gatherings, just before service. The preparation that goes into making sure each detail is perfect is amazing, and is really inspiring to see them at work.
They've won heaps of awards and have just won three stars from the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards, making it one of Australia's very best restaurants. The food there is absolutely insane, so it's well deserved. The thing that blows you away at Cutler and Co is the styling of the food, which is like art work and makes my life as a food photographer so much easier.
Thanks to the team at Cutler and Co for making it a brilliant day of shooting.
Click on the image below to take you to a galley of some of the shots from the day.
Everyone's taking about Moon Under Water at the moment, which is chef Andrew McConnell's new restaurant on Gertrude Street. It's part of the Builder's Arms, which he's gutted and has given a totally new look. I went here a little while back and took some shots of the amazing food they're doing there, which you can tell is going to go down a storm with all the Melbourne foodies. The room was really simple, clean and white with heaps of natural light, which is so much easier to work with in food photography.
Chef Josh Murphy is heading up the kitchen with Andrew, and they're doing a four-course meal for $75, which is awesome value for the standard of food you're getting.
I recently spent the afternoon with Emma & Keir at the very cool The Brix The light filled space was a joy to shoot and both Emma & Keir were a pleasure dealing with. I loved the interior of The Brix the three separate areas and the very cool bathrooms.
Shot some portraits and interiors at the Robert Burns Hotel. This hotel is truly Spanish, even Spanish staff. Chef Ivan Saiz and Jose Ortega looked after me with some Iberico ham and espresso in between shots.