I’ve known Lisa since my early days in LA, I think we got along from the first day we met – and once we realized we shared the same birthday, we also knew why -we share the same humor sensibilities, living on the edge of cynicism…and recently, a love for bowling…Lisa embraced me into her circle of wisdom and optimism and it was no surprise that when Dan met her – (online. people – ONLINE!) there was no way he was letting go…the ceremony was beautiful heartfelt and the party full of friends (that I actually knew) it was fun, funny and fantastic. Lisa and Dan – congratulations on this new chapter in your life!
I have been photographing this mom and daughter since 2009… and instead of meeting at her beautiful home in Orange County ( these links are TWO examples of previous shoots) … we decided to meet ( between rain and traffic) in Downtown LA.. well – less driving and more excitement? I’m in.! I didn’t know downtown La could be so peaceful on a Sunday Afternoon ( just before Xmas) and I was utterly smitten by the Urban feel I so lack up here in the Valley… We were joined by sister and cousins for a grand family shot – not an easy task with a crawling baby on a wet dirty floor… and true to myself I skipped the smiling photos and stared deep into these kids’ eyes – and they stare just back!
and here’s an online blurb that used my image- yup – that’s my name down there on the bottom right.
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.