Bat Mitzvah at Los altos Historical Museum in Los Altos, CA – Iliana

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!

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Bat Mitzvah at Beth Am Congreation Los Altos, CA -Bela

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.

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Bat Mitzvah at Hacienda De Las Flores, Moraga, Ca – Hannah


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.

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Bar Mitzvah Photography at Marin Country Club -Elam

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!

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Bat Mitzvah at Unitarian Universalist Congregation Marin in San Rafael, CA

Paloma had to walk through a few disappointments as her Bat Mitzvah was rescheduled a few times due to Covid but she finally got to show everyone how hard she worked and all her family and friends came out to support her! It was a beautiful sunny day at Unitarian Universalist Congregation Marin in San Rafael and everyone was very happy as The CDC had just announced that people whom were vaccinated no longer needed to wear masks so everyone was mostly mask free and finally able to hug each other. I couldn’t be prouder of Paloma as she sailed through her Bat Mitzvah with ease and grace and the photographs show just that! Mazel Tov!

A portrait of the Bat Mitzah girl before the service
All of Paloma’s guests signed a heart and dropped it inside for her Bat Mitzvah sign in book which she can hang on her wall as a wonderful memory!
Paloma’s grandparents were present and read portions of The Torah during her Bat Mitzah Service
Paloma walks around everyone to let everyone pay respects to The Torah during her Bat Mitzvah Service
Paloma reads her intentions to make the world a better place during the mitzah

Domenique wipes away a tear during the Bat Mitzvah Service while listening to her daughter, Paloma

Dom reads a passage about how proud she is of her daughter

It’s Den’s turn to tell her daughter how incredibly proud she is of Paloma and she almost made it without shedding a tear. Almost!

Paloma listens intently and takes in what her parents share with her during the Bat Mitzvah Service
Happiness is about for Den and she couldn’t be more proud of her daughter at her Bat Mitzvah
The Rabbi congratulates Paloma on all her hard work and dedication in studying for her Bat Mitzvah and she is smiling from ear to ear!
The Torah is put away so everyone can now celebrate!
Delicious little petit four sandwiches and desserts were served after the Mitzvah service was over
And there was also an Ice Cream Taco Truck so the guests were very excited about customizing their own ice cream tacos

Some of Paloma’s friends enjoying ice cream tacos at the lunch reception

Congratulations Paloma! You did a great job at your Bat Mitzvah and everyone couldn’t be happier for you! Mazel tov!

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Bat Mitzvah at Congregation Kol Shofar Tiburon, CA. Kabat Family

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.

 

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Bat and Bar Mitzvah photographer at Rodef Sholom in San Rafael, Marin County. Lauren.

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!

 

 

 

Bat Mitzvah Photographer in Palo Alto -Shaya’s Bat Mitzvah at The Corinthian Ballroom in San Jose, CA

Shaya is an incredible girl and her discipline and talent paid off recently when she won the National Junior Dance Competition.  So I had her do a lot of spinning for me when I took her portraits as no-one spins better than Shaya.  She had a ballerina themed Bat Mitzvah in San Jose at the Corinthian Ballroom in San Jose, CA and it was so much fun and each centerpiece had a pair of ballet shoes hanging from it.  I really love this family and wish them many more successes and happiness.

Bat Mitzvah Photographer in Palo Alto, Bay Area, San Francisco – Ally in Wonderland.

This was the most amazing Bat Mitzvah ever — with an Alice in Wonderland theme, but of course they called it “Allie in Wonderland.”  Just look at these Bat Mitzvah photography!  These mitzvah images were bursting with fun and excitement.  I photographed this with mostly natural light and then used an on camera flash after it got dark. There was a Mad Hatter magician and circus games under red and white striped cabana tents, and a silent disco where everyone was given headphones to tune in and dance to the playlist of their choice. To top it off, the moms did a mob squad choreographed dance surprise for the kids with a hilarious confetti explosion at the end! Booking a fantastic Bar or Bat Mitzvah photographer is so important so you have all these beautiful images as memories or to showcase your images in an album which surely will become a family heirloom!

Bat Mitzvah Photographer at Stinson Beach, Marin County. Lily Stern.

Lily’s super fun bat mitzvah was at the Stinson Beach Community Center. Everything about it was awesome.  Look at eh super fun and colorful Bat Mtizvah photos (And let’s hear it for chocolate fountains!) There were so many activities to photograph at her bat mitzvah like the t shirt and hat designing to the rad photo booth.  Everyone had a blast and I had a blast being the bat mitzvah photographer!  I  mean look at those faces!