It’s all fun and games until somebody cries…Some temples allow me to photograph on Shabbat (Saturday) when the Bar Mitzvah services take place – sometimes I have to be in the balcony, sometimes just in the back and sometimes, in the back, in a little tiny room I have to share with the videographer and shoot through the doorway… but at Adat Ariel I cannot shoot on Saturday so we schedule a Mock Mitzvah on a weekday of the event. Some families bring just the immediate family and some come fully loaded – either way, it’s a hectic couple of hours of rolling and praying and trying to keep up with the kids, the grandparents, the cousins, the rabbis and even the dad! I just wanted to showcase a few of the traditional quintessential BAr Mitzvahs photos next to what really happens when no one is looking. Or so they think…
It’s not always that I get to photograph a completely willing 13 year old boy – but a walk in the park a few swings of a bat, tossing of a ball and some time with the family on a beautiful Saturday morning – less than two weeks to go before the BAr Mitzvah it was great to meet and photograph A – who really brought his game on – and his charming smile – I know what you’re thinking – SMILE? where is it what can I do – I always pick the non smiling ones, ( hence the don’t smile now. com ) but I assure you – this boy is a happy young man who will party like crazy next week as will I – looking forward to the party at Braemar Country Club.
On the day of their 10 year anniversary of meeting and falling in love – Cynthia and Marlon finally got married in front of their family and friends. The ceremony was emotional, sweet, personal and touching. In the speeches i found out that they hadn’t really been apart for more than 18 hours, since the day they met. For some this might seem crazy – but if you know Cynthia and Marlon you can see how this is possible – they are both just so much fun to be with, and so caring for each other that with all this love – I understand that they cant stay apart for too long….
As soon Nicole, my second shooter I arrived at The Redbury Hotel, we met Paul and tyler, of Boffo Video carrying this dress form down the hallway – and was blown away to learn that they bring one to every shoot – here I was thinking I was a head of the gave since I carried a nice wooden hanger (because sometime sometimes there just isn’t a good hanger to use for the dress shot) and these guys just blew me away with this – and to top it off – the dress was just gorgeous… of course this was just one of THREE dresses Cynthia changed into throughout the night… !!! After the tear jerking first look – ( I love how nervous Marlon was even after ten years) we headied down the street to The Taglyan Complex where everything was put together beautifully by Sophie of Stylish Details….
The wedding was Friday night – so this is just a small, tiny , taste of what their day was like… and the party continued way beyond midnight, with a DJ after party…Until I edit all the rest of the photos – the bridesmaids, the dog Remy, all the details, the flowers, the guests, I mean, there was so many things going on and every given moment… Cynthia, Marlon - who would have thunk?!!?!? Thank you for letting me into your lives – it’s a blast!