Capturing South Asian food isn't easy. You deal with lighting issues due to the ghee/butter/oils that are typically found in South Asian dishes. Our food tastes great but it doesn't always look good.
Being Indian, I wanted to shoot some Indian cuisine and include a few shots in my Lifetstyle & Food book. It felt like the right thing to do.
In search of the ideal Indian restaurant, I knew that I could ask my cousin. When it comes to food, he has some serious standards. After giving it some thought, he recommended a restaurant in Markham, Ontario so thank you Ajaz Bhai.
Dum Pukht is a restaurant that opened a little over two months ago. They certainly put in a lot of work into the interiors but it didn't stop there. It was one of those restaurants where the service was as good as the ambiance and here is the best part, so was the food!
Everyone at the restaurant was extremely helpful in helping me set up for the shoot itself and the owner, Mr. Karla asked the head chef to bring out a few dishes as soon as I was done setting up. I asked for two and they brought out six.
Here is an image of their Roasted Lamb Chops.
Was I starving while I was shooting their Roasted Lamb Chops? Absolutely.
Editorial grade food photography requires patience because you have to ask yourself the right questions. What kind of wine should be placed in the image? Can I place a few extra plates in order to give it a sense of community/family? If so, how many plates? Also, how can I showcase the restaurant while doing all of the above?
When you walk out of a shoot knowing that you've gotten some quality images, it's a feeling that compares to no other.
All thanks to the wonderful team at Dum Pukht!
For those of you who are curious to know more about Dum Pukht:
319 Denison St, Markham, ON L3R 1B7