How about a relatively low ISO, and a relatively long (a couple of seconds) shutter speed, with an appropriately small aperture, with a tripod mounted camera
- ...captures the locale,
- ...the restaurant clientel will be mostly blurred enough to not be recognizable,
- ...the restaurant staff will be mostly blurred streaks as they move about from place to place.
Hinson's suggestion, in preparation, is a good one.
This is doable - and they are open to this exact type of shot. However, they are small spaces - and either way I feel I'll be interrupting by just being in there with the equipment.
Naive alternative: arrange a staged shoot? Get random bystanders, friends and family or even a handful of paid models to come during closing hours and shoot to your heart's content.
Absolutely a possibility and being discussed.. it depends on how involved the design group wants to get.
One thought ...
If you decided to go with posting that the shoot is happening on a certain day to warn participants, you
might need some type of confimation that the participants waived away their right for any compensation seeing as this ad will be for commercial purposes.
I'm not saying it will happen but that it could (ive heard of instances). You take the photos with regular diners, and at some point someone sees themselves in a successful ad compaign and they say to themselves "hey, I didnt get paid for that." Thats probably why most situations like this are staged. I've had the experience that employees and I were always in former employers' ads (a national association) for various things, and we signed a release and were compensated two dollars. LOL
I might might be better to stage the setting with employees and their friends and family and provide the free meal as compensation. Thats a safe and cheap way to go.
Yea, if we go this route - releases will be printed and signed for shooting any direct groups.
Good convo and insight, thanks!