In the Belly of the Bistro

It's always a pleasure to get to my inbox and see an assignment request from Vegas Seven, it's basically a guarantee that I'll be working with some real characters in the near future, the kind of people that love what they do as much as I love what I do. 

This time around I was sent out to Bootlegger Bistro for a portrait of the family that runs the restaurant, giving me the opportunity to capture four generations in one frame. This family has amazing hospitality, they offered to make me a gourmet Italian meal several times during my visit, I usually can't make time to eat while I'm on an assignment but as far as work related issues, what a great problem to have!  From my location scouting I found the perfect corridor running right through the heart of the restaurant's site, a nice linear perspective with great reflective walls to give a soft and golden wraparound lighting. The outdoor location worked out perfectly because I knew that I was going to be heading inside to capture some live performances and I wanted to have some location variety for this assignment.

Inside the restaurant I found pianist George Bugatti adding the perfect soundscape for a nice Italian dinner.

One of the recuring events that Bootlegger is known for is their Monday night open mic, hosted by Kelly Clinton-Holmes, it's one intimate environment where you never know which top notch performers are going to drop by to do a few minutes on stage and then mingle with the crowd. On this night we hung out with T Fox, Michael Monge, Lisa Gay, Don Allen Hunley, Al Bernstein, Dennis Blair, and Michael Delano.

The article is the cover story for this weeks Vegas Seven, on racks right now. Not in Vegas? Check it out on Seven's website.

http://vegasseven.com/2015/04/08/belly-bootlegger-bistro/

 (clockwise from top left) Ronnie Mancuso, Lorraine Hunt-Bono, Roman Mancuso, Dennis Bono, and Mama Maria Perry.

(clockwise from top left) Ronnie Mancuso, Lorraine Hunt-Bono, Roman Mancuso, Dennis Bono, and Mama Maria Perry.

 George Bugatti

George Bugatti

 George Bugatti

George Bugatti

 T Fox

T Fox

 Dennis Blair

Dennis Blair

 Lannie Counts

Lannie Counts

 Michael Monge

Michael Monge

 Mackly Benjamin Prophete (front) and Don Allen Hunley (back)

Mackly Benjamin Prophete (front) and Don Allen Hunley (back)