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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06.06.2018

Liam’s Bar Mitzvah – Tree of Life/JCC

Two years ago, I photographed Hannah’s Bat Mitzvah at Tree of Life. And on June 2, it was Hannah’s brother Liam’s turn to celebrate becoming a Bar Mitzvah. What a popular date June 2 was this year! Every year there’s one date that’s the most popular, but I don’t know if I’ve ever received as many inquiries for a date as I did for June 2, 2018. So it was a good thing that Liam’s dad contacted me well in advance to reserve this in-demand date!

Tree of Life doesn’t permit photography at their Saturday services, so we met on Thursday afternoon for some photos of Liam and his immediate family on the bimah and in the sanctuary. Liam is one happy kid and was full of genuine smiles.

On Saturday evening, Liam celebrated with his family and friends at the JCC in Squirrel Hill. DJ Alex Foster provided some very upbeat and engaging entertainment that kept the kids and the adults on their feet all night. Guests were treated to some amazing dessert stations by Bella Christie – check out the liquid nitrogen station!

Here are some of my favorite photos.








 

On to the party at the JCC on Saturday evening!























Mazel tov, Liam!

 

Party Venue: JCC

Liquid Nitrogen Station, Milkshake Station, Desserts: Bella Christie

Entertainment: Alex Foster, Soundtastic
Catering: Dorian’s Catering
Photo booth/airbrush tattoos: Mike the Balloon Guy

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