11.14.2018

Alex’s Bar Mitzvah – Beth El Congregation

Since 2010, I’ve been photographing Bar/Bat Mitzvahs all over the Pittsburgh area. Yet until last weekend, I had never been to Beth El Congregation in the South Hills. I was delighted to meet Alex and his family the Thursday before his Bar Mitzvah service for photos, and then to return Saturday evening as Alex celebrated with his family and friends. This was a great night for kids and adults alike, with a photo booth, caricature artist, and entertainment by the always energetic team from Soundtastic Enterprises.

Rabbi Alex was so warm and welcoming, making me feel like this was my 12th time at Beth El and not my first! I’m already looking forward to returning again next month.

Here are a few favorites from Alex’s photo session and party. Mazel tov!

 

Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography Stained Glass
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography Stained Glass
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Many of the people in the next couple photos came all the way from Chile to celebrate with Alex! Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography Stained Glass
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography

Mazel tov, Alex!

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08.29.2018

Ezra’s Bar Mitzvah – Congregation Beth Shalom / Pittsburgh Golf Club

Mazel tov to Ezra! This young man became a Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Beth Shalom this past weekend.  We met on Thursday for portraits with Ezra’s family: mom Tamara, dad Jay, and sisters Talia and Maayan. Saturday night, it was time to party with Ezra’s family and friends at the Pittsburgh Golf Club. And what a party it was! The fabulous Perfectly Planned by Shari had done a terrific job decorating the Golf Club with a soccer theme. DJ Jason and the crew of Soundtastic Entertainment kept adults and kids entertained, and Brad and Karen and the staff of the Pittsburgh Golf Club did a great job providing delicious food for all the guests.

Here are a few of my favorite photos. And, a special shout-out to the WOMEN who lifted Tamara’s chair during the hora. This was the first time I’ve seen women lifting the chair. Loved it!

Congregation Beth Shalom Bar Mitzvah Photography

Congregation Beth Shalom Bar Mitzvah Photography

Congregation Beth Shalom Bar Mitzvah Photography

Congregation Beth Shalom Bar Mitzvah Photography

 

Congregation Beth Shalom Bar Mitzvah Photography

Congregation Beth Shalom Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography Perfectly Planned by Shari

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography Perfectly Planned by Shari

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

This is Annabelle, who was Ezra’s family’s au pair, and traveled all way from Germany to celebrate!

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Planner: Perfectly Planned by Shari

DJ/Entertainment: Jason, Soundtastic Entertainment

Florist: May Chester

Venue: Pittsburgh Golf Club

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06.12.2018

Nate’s Bar Mitzvah – Temple Sinai

Say it ain’t so! After photographing Nate’s older brother Jonah’s bar mitzvah in 2014, and older sister Caroline’s bat mitzvah in 2016, now it was Nate’s turn. And sadly, that’s the end of the line for this family! What an extraordinary honor and privilege to have photographed all three siblings as they celebrated very special occasion. Thank you so much to parents Cindy and Todd for having me there! What a pleasure it was to be back at Temple Sinai for Nate’s service and to see so many now-familiar faces.

In the evening, Nate and his friends and family had a party at Dave and Buster’s.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from Nate’s bar mitzvah, which was also his birthday!

This was fun – lining up the sun in my viewfinder to shine through the iron gate outside Temple Sinai.

Temple Sinai Bar Mitzvah Pittsburgh
Temple Sinai Bar Mitzvah Pittsburgh
Temple Sinai Bar Mitzvah Pittsburgh
Temple Sinai Bar Mitzvah Pittsburgh
Temple Sinai Bar Mitzvah Pittsburgh
Temple Sinai Bar Mitzvah Pittsburgh
Temple Sinai Bar Mitzvah Pittsburgh
Temple Sinai Bar Mitzvah Pittsburgh
Temple Sinai Bar Mitzvah Pittsburgh
Temple Sinai Bar Mitzvah Pittsburgh Throwing candy at the bar mitzvah boy is always one of my favorite moments at Temple Sinai! Well, I don’t throw it, of course! Look at this candy storm!

Temple Sinai Bar Mitzvah Pittsburgh
Temple Sinai Bar Mitzvah Pittsburgh
Temple Sinai Bar Mitzvah Pittsburgh
Temple Sinai Bar Mitzvah Pittsburgh Fun with cousins.

Bar Mitzvah Party Pittsburgh
Bar Mitzvah Party Pittsburgh
Bar Mitzvah Party Pittsburgh
Bar Mitzvah Party Pittsburgh
Bar Mitzvah Party Pittsburgh
Bar Mitzvah Party Pittsburgh
Bar Mitzvah Party Pittsburgh


Nate: Mazel tov AND happy birthday!

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