I shot my first Bar Mitzvah before the ink on my college diploma had even dried. The event was black tie. I didn’t even know what that phrase meant until that day. It was an event I will never forget. I shot the event with my mentor at the very beginning of my photographic career.
I was completely in awe of the amount of time and preparation that such a young child puts into this special day. But what intrigued me more was how the whole family was involved in preparing this child for adulthood. And not just the siblings and parents… all of the aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents proudly joined in on the celebration.
I try and approach every Bar & Bat Mitzvah with the intent to capture the raw emotion and family pride that is so prevalent on that day. I love to be tucked in with the rest of the congregation on Saturday mornings listening closely to every word spoken. And yes… usually I cry just a bit.
Over the years I have seen the celebration that follows vary greatly from family to family. For some it’s a full day. The service, luncheon, and of course the evening party. While for others the service is followed by a quick portrait session and a family trip to Israel. I treat each Mitzvah as if I am a friend of the family just along to document the passage into adulthood. When it’s all said and done, the photos will tell the story of your family’s journey!