Cooper City Mitzvah Photographer | Jordan and Dylan's B'nai Mitzvah

These twins celebrated their mitzvah this weekend.  I heard they rocked their service, followed by a sporty celebration, complete with a photo booth, airbrushed personalized favors, a magician, a game show, and candy !  They were all smiles as they partied with family and friends, which gave me plenty of 'so you' moments to capture!

The all-star cast of vendors included:
DJ: Jason Bank from Jammin' Express
Caterer / Venue:  Renee from Bouer Catering Group at Beth Emet
Magician:  Larry Greenberg
Decor:  One of a Kind Party Design
Favors:  Matthew "Fester" and Tammi Lipp from Fester Custom Airbrushing

Dania Beach Maternity Photographer | And They are Almost 5!

This mama is the sister of one of my favorite families to photograph.  They were in town from New York this Spring, and reached out for a family and maternity session at the beach.  Because when it's still cold out where you live, who wouldn't want to be in shorts at the beach?!  Being familiar with my work, they were totally open to a mix of portraiture and play, and you all know, the 'so you' love and play shots are my fave!  It is my understanding that the baby boy in that belly has made his way into the world, and I hope to one day meet him and get him in front of my camera!  

Cooper City Mitzvah Photographer | Jordan's Top Golf Themed Bar Mitzvah

I loved everything about this mitzvah!  I love that families are celebrating mitzvahs in so many ways these days, and really customizing their celebrations to honor the mitzvah child.  Jordan's Bar Mitzvah was held on a Thursday morning, early, before work and school, hence some of the sleepy faces (me too, kid!).  The Torah is read on Monday, Thursday, and Shabbat mornings, among some other holidays, but a Bar Mitzvah can be conducted any time the Torah is read.  Since in our community, congregation attendance on Shabbat morning exceeds that of a weekday service, that means Jordan's service was not crowded, easy-going, and chill.  It also meant I could walk around and take great, intimate photos to capture the moments!

Jordan did not want the typical DJ Dance festivity, so this family partied Saturday evening at Top Golf in Miami Gardens.  They had access to several golf bays, and an indoor reception space, where they brought in some games, including a pop-a-shot basketball hoop, which was a hit for him and his sports-loving friends!  

Weston Mitzvah Photographer | Aaron's Miami Dolphin's Themed Bar Mitzvah

Bar Mitzvahs are such a right of passage.  And as it gets closer and closer to my own son's Bar Mitzvah this upcoming December, every mitzvah photo I work on and look at gives me all the feelings!  But that's kind of the point of photography, right?!  An image can take us back to a particular moment, and freezing 'so you' moments in time is my fave.  Aaron was such a good-spirited mitzvah boy, who you can tell enjoys close friendships.  It was a pleasure to capture this joyous occasion, and I can't wait to see what amazing things he does as he grows!

S Family Lifestyle Photography Session

The littlest boy in this family is almost 3 years old, and will be getting his first haircut soon.  So mom scheduled a family photo session to document her little boy with the long curly blonde hair.  I let him be the star of the show, and took his lead, something I often do with young children at a photo session.  I want them to feel comfortable playing, and I also want to capture their true personality.  And in this session, there was plenty of play and personality!