I love that I’ve gotten to see this family grow since they were just a family of 4! This family balances calm and playful, with a strong dose of love, and it shows in their images! And that is really the secret to being a lifestyle family photographer. Allow a family to feel comfortable to be themselves, and that is exactly who you will capture!
I know this boy very well. He is mine! I cannot believe that the next Bar Mitzvah I will be attending is that of my own son!
Ben has been into cars for as long as I can remember. When other kids were learning their ABCs and 123s, Ben was also learning his cars. From nearly the time he could recognize mama and dada, he could tell you that Grandma and Daddy drove a Nissan, Poppy drove a Lexus, and Mommy drove a Honda! He would look out the window and excitedly tell us whenever he saw a ‘Mommy’s car’. And then tell us the make and model.
His appreciation for Hot Wheels has grown from zooming them around our house to displaying some favorites from his collection in his room. And of course, he’s always enjoyed being around the full sized version of his model cars, where he was all smiles this evening.
This sweet girl became a Bat Mitzvah this past weekend. While I work on the images from her special day, I wanted to share this selection from her mitzvah pre-shoot. Her theme was candy, and what better place to take photos than at a candy and ice cream shop!? Mom did a great job on the decor for Courtney’s reception, and used these images in centerpieces and in a sign-in book. I really enjoyed getting to know this family, and can’t wait to share more of them!
This young man became a bar mitzvah reading the Torah during a Saturday evening service. This simcha was followed by partying with family and friends and framily, friends that are like family. It was neat to see the venue transform from seating the guests for services into a space to celebrate, and celebrate they did! There were glow sticks, shiny objects on longer sticks, and donuts, which hopefully didn’t stick to anyone’s fancy dress!
I know I say it all the time, but when you are yourselves, I will have many So You moments to capture. This family is so genuine, and there were so many moments captured from beginning to end of this joyous event.
The mitzvah boy, Ryan, smiles easily. And his smile is contagious. I know most kids have a lot of fun at their mitzvah, but Ryan’s smile in these images is just beaming, and I can’t look at them without smiling!
Their reception was tons of fun. They could have gone full UM, but instead went with a College Game Day theme, and seeing their guests dressed to cheer on their favorite teams added so much good energy to the celebration!