LA Restaurant Shoot at Fig and Olive | Lauren Newman Photography

For most people, walking into the casual chic Fig and Olive restaurant in LA probably doesn’t remind them of pre-wedding excitement and a group of girls crossing off a list of dares and challenges. But for me, I can’t help but think back to my bachelorette party in 2013. Seriously, who would have thought six years later they would contact me to photograph their restaurant’s brand-new Rosé Terrace?!

This time, instead of my girls, I brought along my amazing husband Bryce to capture all the behind the scenes action.

Our shoot began with the sound of champagne popping and all six models kicking back in the new Rosé Terrace. For this shoot, I shot mainly with my tried and true 50mm 1.4 giving me that awesome background blur; and 24 - 70mm lens to capture some larger action shots as well as those scenes needing a variety focal lengths. The natural light outside and the white walls boosted the shadows in the scene so I was able to shoot some nicely lit lifestyle photos. To photograph their food, I went with my 50mm to make sure I captured all the delicious details.

After a few quick wardrobe changes, we were ready for a night at the restaurant. Inside, the vibe was more glamorous, with a retro glam twist to suit Fig and Olive’s upcoming Bubbles and Bourbon event. With the light being lower inside, I went right back to my trusty 50mm lens to shoot some glitzy portraits of the models sipping wine and cocktails at the bar. I only worked with the existing light coming off from the bar since the restaurant was still open, keeping it sweet and simple!

To wrap up our long but super fun photo shoot in LA, we sat down and shared some tasty food and cocktails, adding another wonderful memory to those I’ve already made at Fig and Olive.  


Bryce captured this BTS video. I’m wearing a green utility jumpsuit from Urban Outfitters. I really love how easy it is to wear during shoots. Plus the utility jumpsuit is having a moment in the fashion world as of late.

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