With pub photography (or pub & kitchen) its always interesting, and can be challenging. While on assignment for one of my clients last week, I was tasked with creating photos of the new Tempe Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen, at University & Rural. This location is attached to the Tempe Improv and if you haven’t been to either I highly suggest you get there because you can see some of the funniest people on the planet (like Norm Macdonald, Wendy Liebman & Ralphie May to name a few) and before or after the show have a drink and something to eat at Copper Blues while checking out the band.
My client was the general contractor for the tenant improvements (interiors) and they did an absolutely incredible job! The attention to details in metal fixtures, lighting, concrete bar top, big copper beer chilling lines running across the ceiling, and rustic wood are a visual feast for your eyes. Not only is it a cool restaurant and pub (loads of beer choices on tap), but there is a stage where a live band plays right behind the bartenders! Really cool.
No surprise its always a relief when you get to work with people who are as accommodating as they are nice. The people at Copper Blues checks both of those boxes.
I mentioned this shoot was challenging because two things had to be considered while I was there. The first was that the time I had to photograph the interiors was between noon to 1:30 pm and the front of the restaurant is floor to ceiling glass (which roll up into the ceiling during the nights to open to the outside). The second issue was every type of lighting is used, from tungsten to neon. Balancing the color between all the different lighting and blasting exterior sun causes issues, but I always incorporate a Color Checker to make sure I can get the colors just right in post-production.
The directive for this pub photography was to create enough images for my client to choose 4 money interior photos in a short period of time and tight budget. I’m glad that my client was very happy with this on-budget delivery. Here’s just a couple of the final images.