This photo shoot was totally unplanned and I wanted to share excerpts from it to see if I accomplished what I set out to do when I did the shoot. Confused? That’s ok, let me back up a bit and set the stage. We spent Thanksgiving last week in Los Angeles with family and friends. On Friday a group of us ended up in the Malibu area around lunchtime. Looking for a restaurant that was dog friendly led us to the Malibu Café. It’s located up in the hills above Malibu and is on a ranch. Four generations of family have been running this restaurant at Calamigos Ranch in a cowboy lifestyle. The dining experience is wrapped in Rustic California Heritage. So what does this mean, you ask? Now we are back to what I set out to accomplish. What I wanted to do was to be able to parlay this dining experience visually, so I could share the same amazement and awe we felt being there. I have attached 8 shots of the Malibu Café.
You enter from one of the canyon roads and wind around hills full of trees and grassy fields…it is very rustic. Pulling up to the restaurant, (no building just yet) you are greeted with valet parking and then sent down a path to register your party for lunch. From here you walk further down the path where it opens into a large grassy area with tons of people mingling around playing yard games or seated and dining.
This first shot shows the center of the grassy area with seating and fireplaces.
The second shot shows part of the grassy/dirt (there is drought conditions in California) area where you can see a yard chess set in the distance.
Shot number three gives you a feel for the trees lining the grassy area. Those are tables along the wooden rail fence. Are you getting the western theme?
The fourth picture is a little more sophisticated seating area on the other side of the central area from the last shot. I love the upside down umbrellas and the color. A departure from western, but part of the eclectic look.
Number 5 takes you across a bridge from the main area over to a small island in a large pond.
Number 6 is a dock to sit and relax on….
Number 7 is two chairs where you can ponder the pond or enjoy number 8.
So here’s my question…did this series of photos tell the story enough for you to get a feel for this unique dining experience? Thoughts?
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