Yamee is Brighton's latest offering on the foodie scene. Their Caribbean food photography had to look as delicious and fresh as it tasted, so I shot downstairs in the Coopers Cask pub in Hove whilst they prepared the food in the upstairs kitchen. Shooting near their kitchen gave us the ability to change the food to suit the lighting and look when under the lights, so it looked the best on the website.
Yamee is the baby of Anthony Ayton and chef Marcus Smith-Taylor, great clients to work for: relaxed and talented professionals who know how to describe their Caribbean food through my food photography to their customers. For their food photography, they wanted a restaurant style in a pub setting, I offered many colour edits and they chose a colourful, but weighty and rich look, to set them apart from their other Caribbean The Coopers Cask has always been famous for its Sunday roasts as well, so Yamee have also taken over this mantle and delivered the usual great roast beef, chick and pork - but also some great veggie and vegan nut roasts with delicious gravy.
To give a continuous look for this new brand, I kept the lighting consistent and simple. One large soft box was aimed through an extra sheet of diffusion, all staggered away from the table of food - so the lighting was large and diffused - but feathered slightly of the background to hint at the décor of the Coopers Cask pub, but not draw attention away from the dishes. There was a silver reflector just off camera right to ping back the light, which especially made the rich juices shine. Once I was set up with some rustic set design, we whipped through the food photography very easily, with only minor changes having to be made on the kitchen side.
For a food review of Yamee here is local Brighton magazine Absolute making their way through the menu and loving the use of freshly ingredients. To order go through the Yamee website or head over to your chosen food app: