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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Candy land

Happy Birthday!

Some people think candy doesn’t affect kids..I’m here to tell you that it does! Big time…I’m also here to tell you that there’s nothing better than candy to get a kid out of a blue mood, to calm them on a plane, or make them clean up, and to support pediatric dentists around the world…but it sure makes for  a fun fun fun party- so sweet! so yummy, so delicious in my tummy. Mia’s mom really brought Halloween back for one more day in January, and she had the most amazing candy decorations, inspired by the classic game of candy land. Even I couldn’t resist- and if you come to my studio one day, you’ll see my very own candy land bucket filled with…healthy stuff?!?! P-L-E-A-S-E.

Candy Land

Cake Land

Run run as fast as you can, you can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man


Candy doesn't hurt

Birthday balloons

Cracking UP!

Wild About Balloons

Shellyann of made THE most amazing balloons I have EVER seen- and as allergic as I am to Latex, I really wanted one- they were just so fantastic!!!

Pink unicorn

Before.....and after

You can view more images from this sweet party by clicking on the slideshow

February 27, 2010 - 7:13 pm

Sharon - As always, beautiful, beautiful pictures!!! What a great party theme and super vibrant colors. Love it.

November 12, 2010 - 2:14 am

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Pink and green

Getting Ready

Getting ready for life that is….Turning thirteen can be a scary time for PARENTS, but K and M are just fabulous responsible, fun young ladies! I sound old to myself when I say that, but working with them on their book has been fun,  TWICE the fun….

And it’s easy to remember who is who, I came up with a system….since one likes pink…and the other green (I use Lime as a substitute..) I came up with pink-K, and Lime-M…from there it’s easy to remember….

Thank you girls for being so good, so cooperative, so original and creative! You made my “job” uber easy (do teens talk like this?)

I can’t wait to post the photos from your Bat Mitzvah that I I know is going to be rockin’!

"don't Smile Now"

Just Kidding



Mind the Gap

Feels like Fall

Maybe because it was

Project Runway

Sport Spice

4 little teenagers jumping on the bed....

Sibling Rivalry

February 20, 2010 - 6:45 am

Jono - What’s going on there? It’s mindblowing.

February 20, 2010 - 9:31 pm

Christa Meola - Great shots! Love the pillow fight, and the fun-house mirror – uber creative! (I’m down with the cool kids.)

February 21, 2010 - 4:26 pm

Sharon - Shani, unbelievable!!! The girls had so much fun that day. You are the best, and it shows in this clip. Thanks for everything.

February 22, 2010 - 3:05 am

Zami - The pictures look realy food. and the stopr motion movie is realy realy fun and funny and mindblowing. i want you to take pictures of my kids again when you are in the neighborhood

February 22, 2010 - 5:23 pm

Karenne Mashiach (pink) - Shani, thanks so much for this, i had such a great time. Im the pink and we love how creative you are.

February 28, 2010 - 1:05 am

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It used to be, that I got to sleep in on Saturdays, and my husband, on Sundays…once I gave up control and “allowed” them to spend the morning watching TV and just relaxing, I really enjoyed the whole sleeping in thing- so what if by the time I rolled out of bed my kids were square eyed and mind numbed, so what if once we switched the box off I was left with two screaming monsters, so what if the day was half over before we were able to leave the house…I GOT TO SLEEP IN!!!!!!

But lately, things have changed, during the week, my husband gets up so early in the morning, it is still the middle of the night for me, so come Saturday, I just want to let him sleep in….the guy is working really hard. Now, I just have to let go of my control, and let them watch TV so they can stay quiet and let their Dad actually get some sleep…I guess that is the secret to my sleeping in on Saturdays, peace and quiet, bought, paid in full, cash, by watching Saturday morning cartoons, an american tradition as old as thanksgiving dinner and 4th of july barbecues…

One thing  that hasn’t changed since forever, is Saturday Mornin’ biscuits; Biss-Bliss, with a POP that could wake up the dead (or those sleeping in the next room) I open a tight air industrial package and use the toaster oven, follow the instructions to lay them in the pan touching each other, and before I can finish making my coffee I have 10 little sweet rolls..

As I said, it’s not too often that I get to see this miracle, since I still like to sleep in on Saturdays, but TV or not, biscuits are served…


Lay them together, touching!

Bake in a toster oven. A wedding gift.

February 20, 2010 - 10:37 pm

Leonie - Starch. Yum. Cartoons with the kids YUM. I miss those both!!!

February 21, 2010 - 9:00 pm

Sharon - Next saturday I’m comin’ over…just kidding cuz i’ll be sleeping!

AAAaaaalvin!!!!!! food’s on the table!


I can still remember when I was a kid, very long ago, we had a record player; what is that you ask? it’s like a cd player, but bigger and doesn’t have flashy buttons, wait, some might not know what a cd player is, so, it’s a like an ipod, only a million times bigger, and you have to change a round vinyl flat thing, called a record…and we used to listen to it a lot…one of our favorite records was Alvin and the Chipmunks, and honestly, the only thing I really remember from it, (it was a looooong time ago), is a conversation Alvin had with David, that we, in our family quote till this day; and that had shaped me to be who I am today, and in an odd way sums up my philosophy of life, and how I view the world – and it goes like this:
Alvin: “I want to go to Spain and see the Colosseum!”
David: ” but the Colosseum is in Rome…”
Alvin: “Oh, REALLY? When did they move it?”

SO…watching Alvin and the Chipmunks, the movie (!!!) took me back to my old room, sitting in the corner , taking out the record from it’s cover, wiping it, putting it on the player and very carefully laying down the needle waiting for those magic sounds to come out of the speakers… I enjoyed the movie and laughed and cried in all the right places.
Back in the day, I truly received huge life lessons from those three little fellas -  and my kids, what did they take away from this movie?

Toaster Waffles! That’s what they learned. Toaster Waffles.

Kyle and Zoe: “We want you to buy Toaster Waffles”

Mommy: “But I make real Belgian Waffles every Thursday”

Kyle and Zoe: “We don’t like home made fresh, natural, whole wheat, healthy Waffles”

Mommy: “Oh really, When did they move it?”

In every square there's little circle waiting to appear

I confess- store bought Toaster waffles are just not that photogenic.

This is what I eat....

February 20, 2010 - 10:02 am

Leonie - is that coffee with granola on top or real porridge cooking?? what is it you eat?
I remember the old Alvin, have to see the new one to see what toaster waffles refer to. But wow I love the photos and the toaster

rise and shine for food


If you walk the streets of Paris, you can buy a baguette at the Boulangerie, cakes at the Patisserie, and  crepe at the Creperie, but the isn’t a Wafflerie….in France, the best Belgian Waffles were to be had at the flea market, fresh off the griddle, topped with Creme Fraiche that melts into the waffle before you actually get to it, and ends up on your hands and makes everything stick to you for the rest of the day… Today I changed the recipe a little, and reduced the amount of besquick…yes, I use besquick (I’ve tried it from scratch- too much hassle and not enough benefits)  they turned out much softer and yummier, but it still doesn’t taste like Paris; so if anyone has the BELGIAN WAFFLE that you eat in FRANCE recipe- comment! or email me directly..

one egg

2 cups of besquick



Have a great day!!!

February 19, 2010 - 2:03 am

Leonie - Yum! Cant wait for Friday !!

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