I've got my first opportunity to shoot the menu for a new restaurant. I've managed to talk them into using an award winning food stylist to assist and have scaled back their expectations for the shoot. Originally they were looking at an assembly line shoot of almost 20 menu items in a day and we seem to be looking at a more manageable 8-10 items now.
I've shot some food but nothing like this. I don't have studio strobes but do have a large collection of speedlites. I use the pocketwizard flex system with the zone controller AC3 so I can control light output from the camera position.
They are looking at very tight shots for the menus but we are thinking of doing some slightly wider images to give them the opportunity to use the shots in other publications.
I'm planning on shooting tethered so the stylist, myself and the designer can view the images in real time.
Looking at the sample images provided by the designer, they are looking at a fairly standard setup. The main light is fairly soft and comes from the rear with accent and fill lights from the front. These are just standard stock images though so I'm hoping that this is the look they are expecting. If I didn't have a designer I would have turned down the shoot. The designer is very supportive but I'd love any other general advice on working my first formal food shoot.
The designer has the styling covered
I have a fairly diverse set of lights. I'm thinking of starting with a large shoot through umbrella behind the food and then adding accents and fill from the front. Perhaps a snoot for items that need texture from the side. Any other suggestions I should keep in mind prior to the shoot?