I have had the pleasure of photographing this family several times, and they fill me with joy every time I do. I was asked to photograph Shoshana's 5th birthday party, since it was the first birthday party she was having. During the party, I felt like I really got to enjoy the photography and get creative with my angles. I photograph a lot of bar and bat mitvzahs, and by 13, kids are aware of an adult with a camera, and sometimes when they become aware, it changes the moment a bit. But not with 5 year olds. Since they're used to having helpful adults around, and know me from our prior sessions together, I was able to blend in and get close to the moments. I even got to be a helpful adult too, with opening a water bottle or lollipop or providing a napkin when they didn't even know they needed one.
When I was looking through the images of this event, I realized I captured so much more than Shoshana's 5th birthday party. I captured parenthood, and love, and friendship, and trust. I captured moms and dads and grandparents and kids and friends. I also captured plenty of so you fun!