Synagogue: Temple Emmanuel of South Hills
Second shooter: Dan Speicher
How do you do an bird’s view shot of a large crowd of kids during a balloon fight at a Bar Mitzvah party? You climb a 10-foot ladder. Don’t try this at home, kids…
Photo of me on the ladder was taken by Jenny Karlsson of Jenny Karlsson Photography.
For the past couple of years, I’ve been picking a completely candid shot that somehow appealed to me. Usually, it’s something like this photo from a Bat Mitzvah I photographed a year ago:
This year, my favorite action shot is a sequence. I’m especially proud of it since I had no idea that it was going to happen and still managed to capture it:)
I met Jillian and her family a little over a year ago when I photographed her brother’s Bar Mitzvah. It’s not often that I see siblings that get along as well as Jillian, Josh and Drew!
Jillian’s Bat Mizvah was one of the funnest events I’ve ever photographed. The party took place at the Heinz History Center; the theme was winter wonderland. Barbara Rosenberger (event planner) and Micki Cohen (designer) made the place look absolutely amazing! Kim Palmer photographed the party with me as a second shooter and she did an absolutely beautiful job – thank you so much for your help!
Rachel’s Bat Mitzvah was amazing – she is one of the most self-confident and poised girls I have ever met. A few weeks before her big event I met with Rachel to record a brief sound byte for her Bat Mitzvah video montage – she felt so at ease in front of the camera and spoke with such grace that it was easy to forget that I was talking to a 13-year-old. I was really honored to photograph Rachel and her family. Big thanks to Robin Kimberly for helping me capture the party.