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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Viceroy Hotel Santa Monica Engagement

I have a special place in my heart for Cynthia and Marlon… it was just about 5 years ago, I photographed my first wedding on my own – it was a referral from a dad I knew and even though I had shot wedding before, in my film days, I was just getting back into it, after having kids and being out of the working game for a while… so here I was at Jackie and Ricardo’s wedding who were sweet enough to trust me with their day and since it was an intimate wedding – I actually got to sit at the table with the guests – and I sat next to .. you guessed it – Cynthia, and Marlon….and his brother Mark … Cynthia was the sweetest – funny, warm and just welcomed me to the table as if I had known them forever – she told me her sister was getting married and took my information – I am not even entirely sure I had business cards… low and behold, her sister did get on touch – and she was just as sweet and beautiful as Cynthia – and hence commenced my Wedding Photography career…so when she called to ask if I would shoot her wedding I was more than happy – I was honored… and as I prepare for her big day.. I just had to post some of their engagement shoot – and one day there might even be a part two… because I was wearing my pink converse and then there’s Nathan and Remy too!

September 12, 2014 - 11:36 pm

Sirinya - My congratulations to Cynthia and Marlon (I have known Cynthia since she was 5!) They are adorable. I love the pictures. My favorite that you shared is of the one of them in front of Santa Monica’s City Hall.

September 17, 2014 - 11:54 am

Corey Morgan - These are so fun!!! Great work!

September 18, 2014 - 10:05 am

Danielle Bacon - Love all the different moods in this session! Well done.

September 25, 2014 - 6:33 pm

Aleks - I always love looking at your photos Shani. What I love most about his session is that it looks like a stylish, modern fashion shoot – except that you also capture the love and personalities of the couple. Beautiful work!

September 25, 2014 - 6:35 pm

shani - Aleks- thank you so much for this beautiful thoughtful comment !

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