I love shooting bar and bat mitzvahs, and lucky for me that has become my photographic specialty. The feeling I get when I work at the synagogue I have belonged to for 20 years, Kehillat Israel in Pacific Palisades, CA, is like no other. The physical space of KI is unique and special. As a photographer, I love the welcoming circular sanctuary and beautiful photogenic courtyard. On a personal level, my children grew up there. They went to preschool, religious school and celebrated their bar and bat mitzvahs at KI. The KI community serves as a second family to my children, my husband, and me. I have been on the preschool and religious school parent boards, and more recently worked many hours on the synagogue’s 65thanniversary memory book.
I can’t even count how many events I have been to at KI over the years. I know the place inside and out. That knowledge gives me an extreme comfort level as a photographer. I know the service by heart… what happens when … when the tallit is presented … when the ark is opened … what songs are song when. I know the clergy, staff and maintenance crew. As a photographer, I know where to be and when. While I am able to always figure these things out anywhere I work, it is nice to have so much personal experience. I am able to totally focus on the bar/bat mitzvah family and make sure to get all those emotional beautiful shots that make the day so very special.
Living in Pacific Palisades, close to the locaI public schools and my synagogue has afforded me the opportunity to meet and get to know so many KI families. I have photographed bar and bat mitzvahs for many long time friends and acquaintances. I also photographed families that I have never met, and then have the pleasure of running into them at the grocery store or local coffee shops. It makes the Palisades and my synagogue family feel even more like a community. What a joy it is to see all the children grow up through the years. And it’s even better when I get to document this growth in my photographs.
Of course I shoot at other beautiful temples as well. So far,I have worked at Wilshire Blvd, Temple Sinai, Temple Beth Am, Malibu Jewish Center, Temple IKAR, Temple Judea, University Synagogue, Temple Akiba, Beth Shir Shalom, Temple Israel of Hollywood and Kehillat Ma’arv.
I would love to photograph your family too – please think of me for any family photography needs, including events, family shots, headshots.