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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Apropo Mother’s Day

I chose to blog this session because I am working on an album for them – we do an album every year – because you know – iphone photos are just not the same, and you can’t cry at pictures on a computer – it’s just not the same – anyways, that’s why I was editing these images again – and it’s such poignant timing as we approach mother’s day –  this mother daughter duo have been getting their portraits done for 7  years now, pretty much grew with my business – so if you were debating, hesitating, wondering – yes – you should hop into the camera’s frame with your kids!









My Heart

My second year of valentine Mini shoots was fast approaching and even though I was able to use some of the previous year’s images for marketing purposes, I wanted to get some new test shots with the pink backdrop and the multi color balloons I was planning on filling the studio with – so I asked ( begged, yelled threatened and bribed) Zoe to step in for a few minutes so I could try some ideas out – she has grown so much since last year   –  or maybe it’s just the look she gets when she’s in front of my camera – staring deep into my soul – but whatever it is – when I look at these images, and into her eyes (IRL) – she just melts my heart. She has my heart. She is my heart.

March 28, 2017 - 12:23 pm

Leonie Barel - Oh yes, in mine too!! Beautiful photos of a gorgeous girl.

Chocolate and Puppies- without chocolate


I wrote this post yesterday – not knowing that today IS (!!!)   National Puppy Day -  CRAZY!!!

This was my second year hosting a Valentine Day’s Mini Session in my studio – and since my friend had JUST gotten a new puppy – I had her bring her by for a mini mini session – you know what they say – Children and Puppies – hardest thing to photograph – NO KIDDING – or should I say no DOGGING! Oy!!! my humor ! Anyways – a much belated Happy Valentine’s Day  ( is there a special day dedicated to cute puppies?  I will have to check that out  - there may be a mini sessions for dog day on the horizon )


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!




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