Restaurant Impossible: Hard ass. Jerk. Harsh. Abrasive.
Not the Robert Irvine I met…. I got a call to photograph celebrity chef Robert Irvine for a New York magazine. The Grand Bohemian hotel in Celebration, Florida would be the location for the photo shoot. The magazine asked for a portrait of Irvine and his beautiful bride Gail Kim. Irvine’s two daughters were also a part of the photo shoot. Irvine couldn’t have been any nicer. He’s a true pro in front of the camera. He made my photo shoot very fun and brought a lot of energy.
We created some photos in the kitchen of the Grand Bohemian, and then we went outside to the Bohemian’s balcony overlooking the water. The magazine story had to do with their recent marriage and relationship. They couldn’t have been any cuter together.
I lit the scene with a Profoto 7b and beauty dish. With all the highly reflective stainless steel in the kitchen, it’s best the keep your light source on the smaller side.
Irvine is the host of Restaurant Impossible on the Food Network.
I had a blast photographing Irvine and his family, and hope to visit his restaurants in the near future.
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