New Jersey Mitzvah Photographer

My name is Ira Casel and I’m a New Jersey and mitzvah photographer (and New York mitzvah photographer, too). I create beautiful bar and bat mitzvah photographs with strong emotional content. My clients choose to work with me because of my beautiful lighting, my ability to see and capture genuine moments of interaction and for the wonderful client experience that I create for them.


Since launching my business in 2009, I have photographed more than 200 bar and mitzvahs (and bnai mitzvahs, too!) throughout New Jersey, New York City (Manhattan) and Westchester County. For each of my mitzvah families, I work hard to create dramatic synagogue portraits, elegant décor images and compelling photographs of the celebration that bring my clients right back to the emotions they felt that day.


Mitzvah Photographers in New Jersey and NYC

I work with mitzvah families all over the New York and New Jersey area. My mitzvah clients live in Millburn, Short Hills, South Orange, Maplewood, Livingston, Westfield, Scotch Plains, Summit, Randolph, Montville, Morristown, Tenafly, Woodcliff Lake, Rye Brook, Scarsdale, Larchmont and Manhattan. If you’re looking heartbreakingly beautiful images that bring tears to your eyes and a photographer who helps make the whole mitzvah process easy, stress-free and fun, then Ira Casel is the mitzvah photographer for you and your family. I’m often told by clients and guests that I’m the hardest working photographer that they’ve ever seen. I promise that on your family’s mitzvah day I will give my all to create gorgeous. authentic, emotional images that will become family heirlooms, just as I have done for other families throughout New Jersey and New York.


During the bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah party, my working style is to remain unobtrusive. During ceremonial parts of the party such as the candle lighting, motzi or speeches, I’ll be front and center photographing the proceedings. At most other times, dressed like a guest, I’ll blend into the crowd to create images that will make you wonder how I managed to see that moment.


I seek out the genuine moments in between the obvious shots. I strive to capture the emotions and personalities of my clients and their loved ones, so I can deliver authentic images that evoke gasps, grins, goosebumps and tears. Very often my clients will tell me that they didn’t really notice me at the mitzvah party, but when they needed me, I was right there.


I understand the needs and concerns of parents making a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah, and since I attend so many mitzvahs, I am always willing to offer advice and ideas about venues, entertainment and other elements of the celebration. I can help you with figuring out the timeline of the day as it relates to photography and make suggestions of groupings and ideas for your family formal portraits. I’ve made two mitzvahs as a parent, so I understand and appreciate how meaningful and emotional the event can be and how helpful it is to work with professionals who take pride in making their clients’ lives easy and their milestone days go smoothly.

Mitzvah Venues in New Jersey

Some of the popular venues for bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs in New Jersey are The Crystal Plaza, The Wilshire Grand, The Hilton at Short Hills, The Westminster Hotel, Maplewood Country Club, Cedar Hill Country Club, Crestmont Country Club, The Grand Summit Hotel, The Racquets Club at Short Hills, The Grove, Shackamaxmon Country Club, Stone House, Space in Englewood, The Manor, Powerhouse Studios, Vegas, The Westin Governor Morris, The Hyatt Morristown, Seasons, Galloping Hill Country Club, Mountain Ridge Country Club, Red Bull Arena, The Mansion at Mountain Lakes, Green Brook Country Club, Factory 220, Maritime Parc, Liberty House, Preakness Hills Country Club, Glen Ridge Country Club, Montclair Golf Club, Trump National Golf Club, Orange Lawn Tennis Club, Temple Emmanuel Closter, Temple Beth Ahm Yisroel, The Sports Academy, Club 466, Club Pure, Vibe, High Lawn Pavilion, Florentine Gardens, The Victory Lounge, The Richfield Regency.