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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Emily and Nate – my little cousin gets married!!!!!

This is me and my cousin – at the airport photo-booth – 16 years ago, when she was 12, and was on her way to America for her Bat Mitzvah trip. I was studying in photography  in Jerusalem at the time, and I got up super early in the morning so I could go to her house and videotape her waking up and getting ready for the trip…..( and then eaten by my photo loving cat – and by that I mean he liked to lick the emulsion on the photo paper…) It was just one of the many school projects she participated in and one day I will find that VHS box and covert them to something that can be viewed on an iPhone.. ANYWAYS…fast forward 10 years and she called me from Israel asking if she could should would come to America… which of course- I told her yes… so to make a long story short – on Friday, she married her sweetheart, her love, her knuffle bunny, her  bio chemist – or whatever it is they do… and finally I got to photograph her in a project of her choice – Emily – you asked – and you have received! I love you!


June 22, 2014 - 7:27 pm

Leonie Barel - OMG these photos are beautiful, moving! Personal, involved and from the heart, wonderful!

June 23, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Sandra - I’m speechless Shani!!! You are so freaking talented it’s unreal… mix that
talent with the fact that you actually love Emily ( black heart or not haha)
The fact that Emily is so beautiful, and has the sweetest smile doesn’t hurt
of course…
Now Emily, that tongue??? Lol!


June 23, 2014 - 5:33 pm

Emily - WOW. JUST… WOW. I feel so incredibly lucky!!! I mean, Nate’s great and all, but the reason I feel lucky is because I happen to have this incredibly talented photographer as my cousin!!!!!!!! The pictures came out more amazing than I ever imagined, Shani was all about being creative with the shots and McGiver-ing using the… Challenging setting we had so that we would get the best shots possible! Shani is also one of my closest friends so obviously I had a blast shooting with her, but even Nate, who barely knew her and HATES taking pictures, enjoyed it!!!! Shani is just unbelievable.

June 24, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Courtney - Whoa! What a rad non-traditional way to declare love :) The dress, the getting space, everything was documented so well + that beginning photo was way too cute ;)

June 24, 2014 - 3:07 pm

sadi lane - These are gorgeous! What a fun offbeat bride and groom!

June 24, 2014 - 4:43 pm

Nathaniel - Beautiful!!!! When we come to LA we’ll have to do a photo shoot with you

June 25, 2014 - 12:15 am

Victoria Johansson - Such a personal story- I love this!!

June 26, 2014 - 5:11 pm

Kristine Maglunob - Shani, your cousin is adorable!! You captured their happy, unpretentious, carefree love so beautifully.

June 26, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Karen D - Such a sweet story! Definitely looks like you captured their personalities :)

June 27, 2014 - 2:26 pm

maria garcia - sweet, from start to finish! loved this!

June 27, 2014 - 2:54 pm

Joann Loo - It really looks like you captured their fun personalities!

June 28, 2014 - 5:55 am

Mark Martinez - Gorgeous couple and truly beautiful images. And that ring shot is just amazing :)

July 4, 2014 - 11:49 am

gloria gines - love the record album wall, the bright flowers and the ombré dress!

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