In case you didn’t know, Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs are Jewish coming-of-age celebrations as children transition to adulthood. As a North Carolina B’nei Mitzvah photographer, my job is to artfully capture the joy and excitement of the day (or days), from portraits of the Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah child at the temple through the last of the dancing at the reception.
This is a big moment for your kid AND for you! The memories you’ll make deserve to be documented by a professional (who also knows how to have fun).
Portraits at the temple often happen during the rehearsal, because many temples don’t allow photography during the Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony itself. So, make sure to set aside some time before or after the rehearsal for your photographer. I often document the actual rehearsing for some in-the-moment candid photos, but before or after the rehearsal is the perfect time for portraits of your son or daughter with the Torah, as well as with your family, their tutor, the rabbi, and any other important figures. The rehearsal is also a great time to photograph any of the ceremony details special to your child or family, like a Kiddush cup, yad pointer, or custom tallit.
The other part of my job as a B’nei Mitzvah photographer is to photograph the reception, and that’s something I really love. It’s such a fun occasion and I love getting to see the kids’ personalities shine through as they let loose with their friends. It’s really fun to see the grown-ups enjoying themselves as well.
I’m the photographer who can go from photographing candle lightings to being right next to the limbo bar to get the overhead shot as those flexible tweens bend nearly flat. Those sort of moments are truly my favorite things. Keep scrolling through this post to see more fun photos from this Bat Mitzvah at Judea Reform in Durham with the reception at The Cotton Room.
Don’t hesitate to reach out now about booking me as your child’s Bat or Bar Mitzvah photographer! I photograph a lot of weddings, so my weekend dates get booked up 9-15 months in advance.