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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Yuval

Yuval   (It means stream, brook, or tributary )
As you can see, has the most amazing eyes, I just couldn’t stop focusing on them, literally. After an hour of this she was done, and I mean DONE. I managed to convince her to play basketball which is just one of the sports she likes, so that was kind of easy after all.
She also ADORES her cat Louie (nicknamed Gingi which is REDHEAD is Hebrew) and he had to be an integral part of the shoot, and ended up being on the cover of her invite, which have been sent – so watch out for yours, for this fun summer party!
Yuval and CAT (will update when I find out... ;)

Yuval and CAT (will update when I find out...)

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I'm almost sure he's name is G'ing'i (red-head in Hebrew)

The eyes of Yuval

The eyes of Yuval

"Mona-Lisa"

"Mona-Lisa"

there

there's a Tiptych, but is there a Quadptych? if there were...

The real Yuval

The real Yuval

My job can be really dangerous at times

My job can be really dangerous at times

July 22, 2009 - 4:13 pm

amanda doublin - she is beautiful. great captures as always.

July 29, 2009 - 2:54 pm

shoshi - shani you are the best

September 8, 2009 - 1:42 am

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NEW NEW NEW, the 99cent store blog! or the dollar section!

If you see the category the “dollar section” you might htink it’s about pricing…but i’s not- it’s really about the state of global economy, the cost of living, the abundance of commodities, the value of things, the need for shopping, and oh, just the fact that for 1 dollar or less (or more when you add tax) you can get something either fun, cute, necessary or just plain bizarre. My goal in this section is to bring you, once a week a photo of what  I found for 1 dollar, and one dollar only.

here’s my first- an Andy Warhol original.

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Campbell's soup. 99 cent store

July 21, 2009 - 10:05 am

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July 21, 2009 - 10:38 am

amanda doublin - i just LOVE your ideas. you are a creative goddess!

How many ways can you spell my name?

apparently quite a few…I know my name is not the EASIEST, one either has no idea how to spell it or how to read it. I get different pronunciations, if it’s remembered at all- that’s partly why I named my business “dont smile now” it’s much easier to remember….but when I go to Starbucks who, in their mission statement say (and I hope it’s legal to quote it):

Our Customers
When we are fully engaged, we connect with, laugh with, and uplift the lives of our customers— even if just for a few moments. Sure, it starts with the promise of a perfectly made beverage, but our work goes far beyond that. It’s really about human connection.

My point- they’re super nice, and I must be evil, because I secretly enjoy thinking I might be tormenting the barista, who kindly asks my name, and I whisper “shani” and await the spelling results, which I then save, and now have photographed. I admit- I had more, and threw them out, WHY? I don’t know, one crazy spring cleaning I assume…and now I’m tormented to spend $4 on my Grande Decaf Latte please, with whole milk, thanks. Even for the sake of ART, and honestly- they don’t even ALWAYS ask my name, so…I’ll drip (no pun intended ) the ones I have and invest in some more in the future…here’s a few…

SHANEEN

SHANEEN

SHINNY

SHINNY

July 20, 2009 - 1:11 am

Jono - 10% post-consumer recycled? ONLY 10% That’s all? My a** is greener than that. I get 100% post-cons– we’ll just stop that right there.

February 11, 2010 - 6:10 pm

Shinny [F.ART] - dont smile now - Shani Barel - Tarzana Kids photography - [...] out and about. 2. I saw a beautiful street. 3. I got a coffee  at SB. 4. They misspelled my name, again. 5. I got something to blog [...]

February 17, 2010 - 9:23 am

Tzur - I always give them a fake name… its better than seeing them struggle with TZUR….

Think Pink

2 days we walk as ONE

for 2 days we walk as ONE

SO over the weekend of July 11-12 San Francisco got to experience the Avon walk and vice-versa- my job was actually to assist Michael Segal in shooting photos at the event, and it was a great experience – I couldn’t stop thinking of my mom who’s a breast cancer survivor, and of all the women who had not survived, and the lives that are forever changed because of this disease. The women (and men) who walked in San-Francisco had raised 6 million dollars, for this walk alone. 6 million dollars. Suze Ormond was a guest speaker, and I go to see places in SF that I hadn’t seen before. I wasn’t taking photos there, but I did get one on break, and I did get to wear a press badge. Yoo hoo.

My badge

My badge

Tanner’s Sign-in Book

I have edited and will print a sign-in book for Tanner’s Bar-Mitzvah- It’s fun for me to group the photos together and give them a different meaning when next to another photos, or just give it the respect it needs on ti’s own. I love how this book cam out, and am sure that friends and family will fill it with memories from the past and wishes for the future.

Tanner- 13

It’s Tanner’s Bday , and he’s 13 and in a few weeks he’ll be celebrating his Bar-Mitzva. Now I am old, (“29″ compared to 13 is old…) but if I were invited to his Bar-Mitzva I’D GO.  Oh, I am going, I’ll be taking pictures (!) as I did now, for his sign-in book and for eternity, and for his mother, who sees her baby growing up so fast…

Tanner is a beautiful boy and I wish him the best on his journey of becoming a great man.

This is Tanner

Meet Tanner

another side of Tanner

another side of Tanner

Untitled

Untitled

Tanner, Champ, Sophie and - I forgot - and will get back to you on that

Tanner, Champ, Sophia and Solly (short for Solomon, like the KING)

Sophia

Sophia's Choice

The CHAMP

The CHAMP

Suburbia

Suburbia

It

It's a Lacrosse stick. and ball.

The end of the shoot

The end of the shoot

For the love of MOM

For the love of MOM

February 13, 2010 - 6:37 pm

Puppy love [families] - dont smile now - Shani Barel - Tarzana Kids photography - [...] does everyone love a new puppy? of course!!! How can you not!!!! Harley is a new addition to Tanner’s family, and he’s as cute as a  button (seriously, have you ever seen a cute button…I [...]

Kyle, My Super Hero!

My mom was visiting here for a few weeks and did her magic – played with the kids, drew princesses, cars, read books and swam with Kyle and Zoe every day- and the best part, something I can’t cooked, babysat and Best of all, she sued the sewing machine that has been in my hallroom closet pretty much untouched since the days it was about three years ago and made dresses for Zoe, and then she made a cape for Kyle, and then she made dresses for Zoe’s Bunny (to be shown soon)and outfit for Teddy,  and jeans for me,  a dress for Emily she fixed the drapes  and then she left….we miss her!

What she didn’t make was  mask- so we had th idea of using the same fabric as the cape, then we had the brilliant idea of just cutting it to shape, with no need to sew…why sew? and THEN Kyle had the light bulb idea to just staple the elastic to the mask- yay! so the machine was not even used at all-  so, me, my scissors and my stapler are ready for Project Runway!  Kyle only agreed to be photographed so I could send a photo to Granny Leonie- So Granny- this one’s for you!

004 Kyle my super hero

The Kyle-man

I can FLYYYYYY

I can FLYYYYYY

The dissapearing act

The dissapearing act

The Gaze of Doom!

The Gaze of Doom!

July 7, 2009 - 4:08 am

Jono Barel - Loving it!

Fireworks, Stars and Stripes

and heat. Summer is officially here, been here for a couple of weeks already. We’re swimming, shvitzin‘, and keeping hydrated. Flip flops and bathing suits are our clothing of choice, and if I were even remotely brave enough ( or if I thought you could handle it…) I would have gotten a self portrait in my new tri-colored bikini, but we’re not.
Instead you get a mini-me, in my shoes.

and if you’re wondering where those flops are from…the dollar section at Target (the REAL happiest place on earth…)

Happy 4th 2009

Happy 4th 2009

Zoe turned 4 (play on words...)

Zoe turned 4 (play on words...)

Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes

refreshing

refreshing

July 5, 2009 - 12:38 am

Jono - Happy 4th of July!

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