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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Lindsey’s bat mitzvah was so lovely at Rodef Sholom in San Rafael and look at the party at Peacock Gap She wanted a Survivor theme so there were many adventure games and the Bat Mitzvah party photos were so candid and fun! I love being a bar and bat mitzvah photographer as I find kids at this age so fascinating as they are starting to look outside their inner circle at the world and how they can make a difference. It’s a celebration of them becoming the adult they were meant to be. I mean that’s an honor to photograph these moments! Go Lindsey!