Bar and bat Mitzvah Photography- by Shani Barel – Serving the Great Los Angeles Area » modern photography with a twist of sarcasm

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Jordan’s Bat Mitzvah at the Warehouse


If you’re wondering – yes, that IS a wall of donuts in the back – and yes, the kids waited all night before they were eaten! And what a night it was! Since Jordan is a dancer – you know everyone was on the dance floor all night! Dj Andre of So Crazy Entertainment kept the party going at The Warehouse . My favorite part of the night was the Father – Daughter dance which started off as a LaLaLand choreography and turned into a cool hip-hop routine that wouldn’t shame a Dancing With  Star Audition… And even though we just do a “mock “mitzvah ” at the Adat Ariel Temple - I heard Jordan sing and she has a beautiful voice – so I am sure that everything her friends said in their speeches – from how great she did at temple to how great a friend she is – is all true!

American Girl

Many many years ago, when we moved into a house in Los Angeles, I received the previous dwellerss catalogs… one of them had toys, and miniature collections, and and doll, American Doll, that had outfits and girls to match in their own matching outfits – it was cute, and pretty, and if I had had a daughter back then, I probably would have paid more attentions… instead – I got a magnetic miniature 50′s diner cafe… which I mostly still have somewhere in a box…and now I have my own American Girl obsessed girl of my own.. not his one – this is a friend, but how awesome does she look, just like her own doll? I love that!




Blue Look Headshots

I told them to wear any color between Black and white, and that blue would work great – everyone wore blue – and looked fabulous! These were headshots taken at their offices with my studio lighting – for the about page.. If you have a website, and your photo on it was shot outside, in the sun, your eye squinting, and the background is the tree sticking out of your head – please, pleas get in touch, and I’d be happy to help you with your professional headshots!

Beth Hillel Bar Mitzvah

Just a few photos from Casey’s Bar Mitzvah at Temple Beth Hillel…I photographed his sister’s Bat Mitzvah a year ago and it was great to see familiar faces> A fun party following a beautiful service that included a heart wrenching speech by the Bar Mitzvah boy…I am sometimes in awe of what kids know, feel and express, and this was one of these days I got to see it – Casey is a lovely boy and he had a great time on his big night  - as you can probably tell from these….


So Valentine’s Day came and went, but it

s still the month of love, so this befits the occasion… it also is a good Monday post because getting out of bed is soooo hard – after getting two sleep -in mornings on the weekend, it seems extremely cruel to go back to the 6 am routine… but when I know I get to post these online I get up with no problems (that, and the fact that I want tog get the kids to school!!! ) so happy Monday! 02.22…cool date too!  Leegie was a pleasure to photograph, I visited her home to pick some favorite outfits and plan the shoot – we had her hair and make up done, it was all up and done, and we did some “fancy shoots” and then I asked her if she wanted to try one more thing – no clothes! Just a white sheet, her smile and her confidence… and of course, they ended up being her favorites!

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