The guests that are having the most fun at a Bar Mitzvah are definitely the little kids. They get to eat cake and dance around, what could be bad about that!? They are so animated and gosh darn cute, and the best part is they love to get their photo taken. Sure, teens like to get their photos taken too. But then they start making crazy faces and do weird hand symbols, who knows what they’re implying. The adults will get their pictures taken too, but they are very happy when I leave (haha). Younger kids will show you their genuine emotions and how much fun they are having, and those tend to be the best photos.
The Bar and Bat Mitzvah is an unforgettable day in a child’s life. Once they have become a bar/bat mitzvah, they are officially an adult of the Jewish community. That can be a lot of stress for a 13 year old! Studying months in advance leading up to the big day, one couldn’t help to be nervous standing up in front of all those people.
One of my favorite parts of the ceremony to photograph is the Hakafah, when the child carries the Torah around the synagogue in procession. While the child is carrying the Torah, it becomes a break in the service for them to catch their breath and relax. The smiles and surroundings of their loved ones brings ease to them, leaving them recharged and less stressed for the latter half of the service.
As the photographer, the service can be challenging. I am usually not allowed to photograph inside the ceremony, and when I do it’s with available lighting, which most of the time is poor. When this moment of the service comes, I get three or four frames to catch it and then it’s gone forever. This is one of the more memorable pictures for the family that I love to capture.
While photographing Elena’s Bat Mitzvah, I noticed how beautiful the cake was. I then noticed the wonderful lighting behind it, but the front was no good. So I took my light, turned it way down and lit up the cake. … Continue reading
This was at Alanna’s Bat Mitzvah. It was a beautiful fall day. It was so cool to see her dad, Dave, so happy. I love this job.
I was at this awesome Bat Mitzvah last weekend and I saw these two little characters. They were super shy. So I hung out with the dad and they finally gave me this.
I had 5 minutes to shoot this with Rhyana since I wasn’t the official photographer. She was pretty calm.