37 Pieces of Flair

Joe Sterne Photography, Hotel Tonight, Patrick Donnelly, Bartending Flair, drinks, San Francisco

Ok so it’s not that type of flair. But what would this blog be without an “Office Space” reference?
Joe Sterne Photography, Hotel Tonight, Patrick Donnelly, Bartending Flair, drinks, San Francisco Joe Sterne Photography, Hotel Tonight, Patrick Donnelly, Bartending Flair, drinks, San Francisco
Last week I was invited by my friend Patrick to cover a flair event he was performing in. (You might remember him from the shots on the beach I did for him and his wife.)  He has done flair bartending for years, but never had the chance/ability to get some really good footage of him doing it. It’s usually been someone holding a poor quality cell phone for a quick clip. He asked if I would like to come along and take some shots for him.

Joe Sterne Photography, Hotel Tonight, Patrick Donnelly, Bartending Flair, drinks, San Francisco

Clearly, I agreed.

Joe Sterne Photography, Hotel Tonight, Patrick Donnelly, Bartending Flair, drinks, San Francisco

Joe Sterne Photography, Hotel Tonight, Patrick Donnelly, Bartending Flair, drinks, San Francisco

What’s interesting was we weren’t shooting at a typical bar- we were shooting at a bar in the offices of HotelTonight (p.s. if you ever have a chance to put a bar in an office- do it). So, after I set up his iPhone 4 on a Glif with a tripod, I watched him and a couple of fellow bartenders perform.

Joe Sterne Photography, Hotel Tonight, Patrick Donnelly, Bartending Flair, drinks, San Francisco

It was an awesome performance. At times I had to remind myself to watch through the viewfinder and not just watch. Some very cool drinks were made with a ton of bottle flipping and…flair. Apparently this style of bartending is big in Vegas (I’ve never been). The event was a total blast and I’m really happy how the photos came out- it was tough with such a backlit place to shoot!

Joe Sterne Photography, Hotel Tonight, Patrick Donnelly, Bartending Flair, drinks, San Francisco Joe Sterne Photography, Hotel Tonight, Patrick Donnelly, Bartending Flair, drinks, San Francisco

You can learn more about Patrick’s work on his Facebook page. As always, you can find my work on my Flickr page too.

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