A Downtown Bar

Alex and Pat had their first date at a bar so it seemed fitting to shoot their engagement photos at one. A little bar nestled off sunset made for the perfect backdrop for these photos. They loved the idea of a more elegant and editorial style with the feel of film photography.

Tips For Your Flash Engagement Session

  1. When choosing a photographer, make sure this trendy style is one they have shot before or that they are comfortable when shooting with a flash. Gathering inspiration photos on Pinterest can be a good resource and allows you to send a mood board directly to your photograpgher with some ideas!
  2. Make sure you like the normal work and editing of the photograpgher you choose. Most photograpghers will have a set editing style and will mix this with the flash photos in your final gallery.
  3. Outfit choice and location choice will be two key things for this type of session. If you are wanting a more editorial feel, you will need an elevated vibe with your clothing. I always suggest running outfits by your photograpgher before your session as they know what may look best for your specific location. If you are looking for a more paparazzi style photos, bars, hotel lobbys and downtown urban areas can be great places to shoot direct flash sessions.



I wanted these photos to have the vibe of getting a nightcap after a night out. Adding in a mix of motion blur and some additonal black and white images helped in giving these images a nostaglic and dreamy feel. They absolutly nailed the outfit choices, Pat in a classic black and white suit and Alex in a elegant but flirty white dress.

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Hi! I'm Alex and I am a Southern California based Intimate Wedding and Engagement photographer. I travel all over California and beyond to capture love stories. For booking inquires, please use the contact form to get in touch!