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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True Love


This beautiful lady is on a journey to find true love – and where better to start than with a good hair color, a make up set and a mini session in my studio? True love starts at home, inside, by loving yourself – and letting that love shine to the world – law of attractions work its magic here – you will let others love you as much as you love yourself – and I am not saying looking fabulous is a must in loving thy self, but it definitely helps! 

Mother’s Day

SO yes, Mother’s Day is approaching, and I am all about that theme – even though my kids wont pose with me… I do get one image with my kids every year – an example can be seen here  but if your kids still allow hugs and kisses and poses – I am having some mini sessions at the studio on April 29th and 30th

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 )


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