I always love photographing at The Sweetwater in Mill Valley, CA and this was no exception. At 13 years old, Trip, is already a very accomplished musician and he wanted his Bar Mitzvah to represent his musical interests. He and his band performed a very impressive list of cover songs and the walls were covered in Rock posters of him with his favorite quotes by bands he loves. They served the sweetest of the sweetest candy lined beverages and had a temporary tattoo artist making everyone rockstars! It was a grand affair and I hope Trip has an awesome life ahead of him with music carving out his path along the way!
Charlie was so excited to have his Bar Mitzvah finally after having had to reschedule it a couple times due to Covid. He had so much fun with his family and fiends after his service at Emanu-El Temple in San Francisco. The party was held at the Spinnaker Restaurant with jaw dropping views of the San Francisco skyline. I had an awesome time photographing Charlie’s Bar Mitzvah and the fun they all had together dancing and playing fuse ball and air hockey. I had the awesome opportunity of photographing his sister, Maddie, three years prior for her Bat Mitzvah at the Spinnaker Restaurant as well so it was a happy deja-vu being their bar mitzvah photographer once again.
Noah was so awesome at his Bar Mitzvah and Sheryl Denker Events + Design did a spectacular job at creating a baseball themed party at The Meadow Club in Fairfax, CA. The energy was super high and the donuts were gigantic (might be connected) but these kids had an absolute blast running amuck and dancing to hip hop blasted out by the very awesome Denon and Doyle DJ crew. Congratulations Noah you are awesome!
Iliana wanted her Bat Mitzvah to reflect an enchanted garden and The House of Vivid Designs made it into a reality transforming The Los Altos History Museum into a fairy tale. I loved photographing her Mitzvah and all her friends and family honoring this incredible time in her life. She is such a sweet girl celebrating her coming of age and it’s nice to see such happiness and love surrounding her!
Bela was so radiant in her sari as her mother is Indian and her father is Jewish. She was so humble and kind to all her guests as I would watch her go pull in a classmate to include them in the dancing festivities if they felt left out. She was always aware of everyone in her surroundings. Bela had her services at Beth Am Congregation in Los Altos, CA and her party was at The Stanford Faculty Club in Palo Alto.
Hannah was so lovely and her Bat Mitzvah service was filled with so much joy. It was a pleasure photographing her and her family and friends at Hacienda de las Flores in Moraga, California. Sheryl Denker of Sheryl Denker Events made the whole evening so colorful and vibrant with a balloon arch and props everywhere.
Elam waited patiently during the pandemic to have his Bar Mitzvah party and it was well worth the wait! He had so much fun with his friends and family at the Marin Country Club playing so many rounds of pinball and basketball as there were many arcade games rented for the occasion. There was also a lot of dancing and all the kids were just so happy to be together having a great time celebrating Elam! Congratulations and Mazel Tov!
Just look at the love between these two siblings in this Mitzvah Service photo. Lily had her Bat Mitzvah rehearsal at Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, CA and her big party is coming up soon! So I get another chance to be the best Mitzvah photographer in San Francisco. She’s such a sweet girl and I am so excited to watch her have the time of her life with her family and friends. Honestly, these kids inspire me to always try to see things as a photographer through their lens. They have such an open and optimistic vision of the future. I listen and then I did deep and try to capture the best and most honest moment all the while framing the photo with the use of available light, architecture and emotion so your bar or bat mitzvah photography will have a unique and personal point of view.
A stellar Bat Mitzvah at Rodef Sholom for Lauren! I love that one of the kids had a tattoo that said vote! As a Bar and Bat Mitzvah photographer I get to capture so many fun images of their day and there is always so much emotion. It’s such an honor to shoot these images and turn them into family heirlooms. I try to capture all the details and going ons in an artistic way but being a photojournalist type of photographer I prefer to shoot with a long lens not to disturb the conversation. These Bat Mitzvah images are memories to last many life times! Mazel Tov!
Wow! Having a Zoolander theme for your Bar Mitzvah is nothing short of genius. And to have your party at The Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley is off the charts! There were the best costumes and they even had a walk off where the kids acted out scenes from the movie and did their best catwalk shenanigans. To say this party was FUN would be the understatement of the century. Kolby was so wonderful at his services earlier in the day at his Grandmother’s home in Mill Valley but at the party he let loose! From gift card prizes for trivia games, to constant yummy appetizers going around the room, a photo booth, a basketball hoop game, and a DJ that was fantastic….this party didn’t stop! Loved every second of photographing this Bar Mitzvah party and hope Kolby and his family continue to have this much fun in years to come!