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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I have 2 kids- and they each like different things. Not because they like different things, but because they have to like something different than the other- if one wants to go left, the other right, if one like apple juice, the other is orange; blueberry jam vs strawberry, Batman Vs Spiderman and on and on. One day I just had it! My nerves are shattered enough in the mornings as it is, and having to settle food (choice) fights before 8am ( I never even get to make coffee before 9:15) had become a dreaded chore in the morning- “you made Pancakes YESTERDAY ! “You love pancakes!” ” NO I don’t!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you made pancaked YESTERDAY!” (apparently just because they eat three pancakes and ask for more doesn’t mean they like it…!) so one day I finally made a chart- and what can I say???? mornings are so much easier, kids are happier, Mommy is happier- ALWAYS a good thing. Now if I could only apply it to dinners! Maybe that’s next…a girl’s gotta dream!

So Sunday- used to be French Toast,(no wirries, it’s still around)  but has now become “Croissant Day” it’s the Pillsbury kind, I confess, sometimes,  if I remember the night before I will take out the frozen ones from Trader Joe’s; but those are much harder for me to resist….I doubt I will EVER make them from scratch – a hundred layers of butter and all, but one day I will take these kids to France so they know the real real flavor of a melt in the mouth croissant. and I promise you- real croissant’s calories do not count!

too good to eat!

waiting for food

Sunday is my morning to get up with the kids


a good day

Every once in a while when we sit together as a family to eat, we ask the kids and ourselves; “what are 5 good things that happened to you today?” the kids’ answers are usually “I played with Ben at school” ” I had a lollipop” “Mommy picked me up from school”…we, the grown up sometimes have a harder time thinking of 5 good things… are mine;
1. I was 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 about.

All in all a GREAT DAY!

February 11, 2010 - 8:33 pm

Christa Meola - LOL!!! Henceforth, you are known as “Shinny Photography”

February 13, 2010 - 1:30 am

Leonie - thats the closest phonetically correct SB version yet!!

a song for shira


She’s my niece, or my niece a cousin once removed – if there ever was a definition for this relation- but more importantly she ‘s 10 days younger than my son, and her mom and I shared pregnancy stories half a world away over the phone; often I wonder what it would be like for my kids to grow up with my extended family,their extended like I did, with many cousins on both sides – cousins, that even though we all live far away from each other and only meet on rare occasions like grandmothers turning 90…we are still very much bonded and connected- we grew up together- and it’s what I miss most about home.


the balcony

her curls are amazing

i miss my hasselblad

she’s just pretending to be so serious, she’s really NOT.

this is the front door to the house I grew up in

February 10, 2010 - 10:51 pm

Leonie - great beautiful photos! wow !!! fashion plates. Jaffa and Shira and Shani do so well together !

February 11, 2010 - 8:32 pm

Christa Meola - Gorgeous! luscious shots Shani.

Z for Bar Mizzzzzvah!

Even Rabbis have a Sense of Humor

BarMitzvah can be so much fun- especially the P-A-R-T-Y!!! The fact that I am th eoldest person on the dance floor outweighs the fun of staying current with the music and the dance steps og generation 2010! OUCH!

What every Bar Mitzvah boy or girl have to go through on the Saturday morning to earn that big party is a whole other thing…besides learning for 6 months how to sing the beautiful nuances in the Hebrew Torah, they have to write and read a speech thanking their PARENTS for puttting them through this…and then, then they have me- I try to be as painless as possible,but the Torah is heavy, figuratively and Literally…so sometimes, it’s nice to find some nice Rabbis with a good sense of humor up for some fun..(Three rabbis walk into a bar MITZVAH……)

Happy Birthday Zeph, Congrats on becoming a mensch!



I met Zeph’s mom working with her on a school project, we spent hours staring at computer screens; I almost always only saw her from the side… :)

Chill room

cool mood room

Zeph makes a grand entrance


Boys’ Side

Girls’ Side

He’ll always be Daddy’s little boy…

The e Bar Mitzvah at the Toluca Lake Tennis Club, which was completely transfromed in the hands of Zeph’s mom and her designers, to be listed soon…If you’d like to see more photos, go here to view the sideshow click here

rain rain

Rain Rain, don’t go away!

our rain boots

Mommy, Zoe, Kyle

I love my boots so much! For years I had been eyeing plastic boots that I can slip on and skip in the rain or just comfortably walk without worrying about my feet and socks and bottom of my pants getting wet and finally this year I bought them, and one for Kyle and one for Zoe too…You’re probably wondering why it took me so long or what happened THIS year that I finally got them- so well- I am allergic to latex, and am afraid to get near to most plastics that “may contain unidentified ingredients that smell real weird, that might actually be latex…”

so now you’re wondering if I found special organic boots that won’t make my skin flair all up , and the answer is NO…only this year I was willing to risk it!  The good news is that my skin is fine; the bad news; my throat itches and I get headaches when I wear them… !

I don’t know if it’s the fear or reality, so maybe I should be glad that the rain is over and go back to my regular shoes and safe open toe sandals.
I hope this wasn’t TMI (too much information for those OLDER people who read my blog and by that I mean my dad… hey Dad!

Rain rain go away, come back when i have non latex boots!

January 27, 2010 - 1:43 pm

Leonie - wow -toe to top allergy- all way up to your head and throat … probably sunny LA is not the place to find specialty rain boots.

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