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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My heart goes out to….


I am very very lucky to get to photograph Mia- I photographed her for a holiday card that people are still talking about (so I’ve been told..) and then I got to celebrate at her Tea Party as she truned 4 years old…

This year’s cards have been sent out…wishing us Joy, Health, Peace and just plain ol’ Happiness.

It takes one to know one

every girl needs a pony

going places

Puppy New Year!

the photo on the left was The Card- I hope you got one!

Just one dog out of six

It's in the details

After a long day at work....

January 18, 2010 - 7:41 pm

amanda thiessen - these are really great. love the coloring!

thousands and thousands



My Granny Naomi has been making these biscuits for longer than I can remember and longer than I have lived. She must have made thousands and thousands of them, but that’s not where the name comes from. Though it should. Thousand and thousands are the little candies that go on my favorites biscuits in the world.

My Granny Naomi is over 90 years old and is still younger than most people I know. When I think of someone creative, I think of her- Back in the day , before FOREVER21, or Prada,  she used to make exquisite clothes for her daughters, – if I could put my hand on her designs I would wear them today, that’s how retro I’d like to be. As kids, when we would visit her, she was always busy making a new doll, or knitting a sweater, or solving the hardest cross-word puzzle  or making  chicken soup that made everything be alright, or just baking another batch of biscuits.

In her 80′s she went online, via email, and  even sent attachments of the photos she was taking with her new digital camera because she always had a camera around her neck….ATTACHMENTS! EMAIL! I mean the woman was 80!!!!

In recent years she has lost her hearing and most of her vision, and continues to learn Braille – I mean really? How many grandmas learn Braille?

My Granny Naomi is over 90 years old, she has 4 daughters, 12 grand-children,  14 great grand children, (correct me if I am wrong) and many many more friends and people who love her!

Granny Naomi! I love you.

Granny Naomi

The hand that make magic

Magic Hands

She still does her own hair

This is what she used to look like

The Younger Years

Grandpa Harry

My Grandpa Harry

Braille books

Braille Book. Reading dots.

she sculptors these with hardly seeing

Sculptoring without seeing.

some dolls she made some time ago

Companions. We all have some at home.

when Zoe was born

This doll is of Zoe, for Zoe

When my daughter Zoe turned one, she had bangs, (before we knew who Suri was)…Granny Naomi made a doll in her liking, based on a photo. When Zoe got the doll I snapped this picture, printed it on a card and sent the note. ” Dear Granny” I sent it to the home where she lives, forgetting to put her name or room number on it. They opened it, and saw “Dear Granny” They didn’t know Shani was naomi’s granddaughter from Ameirca, but they knew that only Naomi makes these dolls that look like her loved ones. They delivered it to her and she called to tell me that I forgot to write her name.
I didn’t, her name is Granny, and she’s only Granny Naomi becasue she’s not Granny Freda…my other 90 year old Granny.

the little old lady sewing

The Workroom

January 11, 2010 - 11:31 pm

Leonie - Shani this is wonderful. I know she would be delighted if she could see!!! And yes, she would be on facebook if she could. I wish I had kept the dresses she made you when you were a year old!!!
love you , and granny does too.

January 12, 2010 - 12:14 am

Jono Barel - Wow. What a tribute. Really touching, Shani. I think this is one of your best posts, ever.

January 12, 2010 - 12:18 am

Leonie - oh and its 15 great grandchildren :-)

January 12, 2010 - 7:32 am

Sandra - Best post ever, I agree with J, but did u forget she also had an adopted daughter…me, and that brings 4 more grandkids…lol, but since u put a shot of “the workroom” picture I got her in London sooooo many years ago I still feel a part of the family! amazing post! She is so much what u wrote and a lot more! xoxo

January 12, 2010 - 9:36 am

Emily Melzer - WOW!!! incredibly touching… definitely your best :) Too bad she cant see..

January 12, 2010 - 9:39 am

Emily Melzer - WOW!! Gorgeous!! love it! definitely your best :)
Too bad she cant see..

January 12, 2010 - 11:05 am

Lynn - Really a magnificent tribute and even if she can’t see it, everyone that loves her, can.

January 13, 2010 - 12:49 pm

Leonie - And she eventually got to see it thanks to Lynn!!!!

March 17, 2010 - 11:48 pm

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January 2, 2011 - 7:56 pm

Shay - This was really touching. Thank you Shani. Much love and thousands and thousands of xoxoxo’s….

February 10, 2011 - 1:55 pm

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Happy New Year!

my new year’s resolutions

1.  stretch my body every morning

2. watch one good movie a week

3. this one’s not for blogging

4. keep my desk in order

5. blog more than once a week

I’ll let you know in a few months how I’m doing…..   what’s yours?

and here’s are a few samples of Holiday Cards I worked n this Holiday Season….They have been converted for blogging purposes and I hope you got one in the mail so you can see the real thing!

the gift that keeps on giving!

Have I been good this year?

Run! Robin Hood!

A true family portrait

The moment after the "decisive moment..."

January 14, 2010 - 1:34 pm

Leonie - Great cards! hope the new year is like the Decisive Moment. And that we can deal with the real ones too. Tempting to make resolutions:
1. Don’t Panic. Believe in myself and feel like everything has already worked out well.
2. Meditate (and BREATHE) daily.
3. Market my work and classes with energy and regularly. Including have a sign made to hang on the building.
4. Write down creative Ideas when they pop into my head.
5. Eat healthy food, smoke less till I stop altogether,
6. Read the books I have already bought.
7. Schedule a social and see a movie a month
8. Laugh, love, give and accept

Happy birthday mom

60 reasons to flourish

60 reasons to flourish

I wish I could say I had brought the flowers, but all I did was show up with the kids to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday. It’s my wonderful sister in law who won’t go anywhere without a bunch of flowers, so thank you- happy birthday mom- I know you’re having a great one so far and wish you another wonderful lifetime filled with love, health, wealth, creativity and happiness.

January 30, 2010 - 9:18 am

Leonie - Just saw this now a month later!!! Thank you darling daughter. I have to tell you that showing up with the kids to celebrate was worth a couple of dozen flower bunches…. not to undervalue the lovely flowers from Ruth.

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