~ My last name is Barr.
~ The first job I had was a bartender at my fathers tavern called Barr's Place ( late 70's early 80's).
~ When I wasn't at the families bar I'd spend my free time in others. There used to be a bartenders code in which we'd take care of others at their prospective establishments.
~ 99% of the time when I do drink, it's only in bars.
~Currently as a side job I take care of media and shoot events at my bothers tavern which is called the Riverside Barr & Grill.
- Compensation : My bar tab.
- Most used catch phrase : Thank God for auto-focus 'cause I can't see you .
- Photos from events can be seen here : https://www.facebook.com/riverside.barr/photos_stream
Which means low light shots, right? I haven't had time to look at the linked pics yet but I gotta think that most bar patrons would be somewhat ambivalent at best about having their pictures taken while at the bar. Sort of like photographic evidence for the wife, IYKWIM... (Based on total ignorance BTW, when I went to bars 20 years ago, it was to dance, pick up women, etc. Typical 2 guys lookin' at/for girls kind of thing...) And you must have a great personality to help spice up the shots because otherwise, most of the shots would end up looking somewhat the same would they not? There's Joe drinking his beer, there's Sam drinking his beer, there's Sally hanging on Fred drinking his beer, etc... Unless! It's a rough bar, then you may have a lot of action shots... There's Joe beating the living crap out of Sam, there's Sally running while Fred jumps in to save Sam.... etc.
Actually it's a pretty wild place especially in the warmer months , There's two large indoor bars and a Tiki bar out on a deck that's as big as the building. They also have a grove between the bar and river with a full sized stage.
It's kind of a mix between a biker bar and a family restaurant depending on the day. The events ranging from outdoor concerts to cardboard boat races do give me ( and many other event photographers ) quite a variety of subjects .
I must admit though, some customers would rather remain anonymous. Usually before a shoot I announce it's for the bars website . It works out quite well. Funny part is most folks ask me to shoot them, I guess they just like seeing themselves on the web page.
Once in a while I get the request " Don't post that one, my wife doesn't know I'm here."
Check out the link, you might get a kick out of it, they don't just come in cars or motorcycles . They come in boats, helicopters and the occasional hot air balloon.
( I really didn't mean to go into promotions mode, but ya asked )https://www.facebook.com/riverside.barr/photos_stream