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Ira Casel Photography

New Jersey Mitzvah Photographer

My name is Ira Casel and I am a New Jersey-based bar mitzvah photographer and bat mitzvah photographer. I also photograph bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs in New York (NYC) and the surrounding areas (aka NYC Mitzvah Photographer).

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 400+ bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, and bnai mitzvahs throughout New Jersey, New York City, and Westchester County.

For every mitzvah family, I create expressive pre-mitzvah portraits, 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.

I work with mitzvah families all over the New Jersey-New York area. My mitzvah clients live in Millburn, Short Hills, South Orange, Maplewood, Livingston, Westfield, Scotch Plains, Summit, Randolph, Montville, Morristown, Tenafly, Closter, Rye Brook, Scarsdale, Larchmont and Manhattan.

If you’re looking for 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 I'm the mitzvah photographer for you and your family.

Clients and guests often tell me that I am 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 captured the moment without being noticed.

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 and other elements of the celebration. I can help you figure out the timeline of the day as it relates to photography and will make suggestions of groupings and ideas for your family formal portraits.

I have made two mitzvahs as a father, 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 events go smoothly.

Find out if I'm available on your mitzvah date.

Mitzvah Venues in New Jersey

I've photographed bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs in many leading venues in New Jersey and New York. Examples include:

  • Alpine Country Club
  • Apella
  • Aquavit
  • The Art Factory
  • Ash Brook Golf Course
  • Basking Ridge Country Club
  • Brooklake Country Club
  • Cedar Hill Country Club
  • Club 466
  • Core Club
  • Crestmont Country Club
  • The Crystal Plaza
  • The Dumbo Loft
  • The Edison Ballroom
  • Embassy Suites Berkeley Heights
  • Factory 220
  • Fiddler's Elbow Country Club
  • Florentine Gardens
  • Fred's Madison
  • Glen Island Harbour Club
  • Glen Ridge Country Club
  • The Grand Summit Hotel
  • Green Brook Country Club
  • Grounds For Sculpture
  • The Grove
  • The Harvard Club
  • High Lawn Pavilion
  • The Hilton at Short Hills
  • The Hilton at Woodcliff Lake
  • Hyatt Regency Morristown
  • Kanopi
  • The Manor
  • Maplewood Country Club
  • Meadow Wood Manor
  • MetLife Stadium
  • Metropolitan Club
  • Montammy Golf Club
  • Montclair Golf Club
  • Mountain Ridge Country Club
  • Orange Lawn Tennis Club
  • The Pierre
  • Preakness Hills Country Club
  • The Racquets Club of Short Hills
  • Red Bull Arena
  • Rockaway River Country Club
  • Seasons
  • Shackamaxmon Country Club
  • Slate
  • Space
  • The Stone House at Stirling Ridge
  • Tamarack Country Club
  • Temple Beth Ahm Yisroel
  • Temple Emmanuel Closter
  • Trump National Golf Club
  • Vegas NJ
  • Vibe
  • The Westin Governor Morris
  • The Westminster Hotel
  • The Wilshire Grand

Pre-Mitzvah Portraits

Take a look at example photographs from my pre-bat mitzvah and pre-bar mitzvah portrait shoots (the "pre-shoot") here

Synagogue Portraits

Interested in seeing more of my bat mitzvah and bar mitzvah party photography? You can see more by clicking here

Mitzvah Party Photography

You can see more of my bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah party pictures right here


Headshot Photographer

As a New Jersey headshot photographer, This portfolio showcases a sampling of my recent work as a New Jersey head shot photographer. There are a variety of head shots and business portraits in different styles and with different backgrounds. Some are environmental portraits and some are shot on seamless backgrounds. It's important to have an experienced professional photographer create your head shot/business portrait. Whether you are a physician, attorney, architect, therapist or other professional, business owner or executive, your head shot will be the first impression that many people have of you. A high quality head shot conveys an image of professionalism, polish and attention to detail. Take a look at my headshot photography here Headshots

Corporate Photographer

As a corporate photographer working in New Jersey and New York, I️ specialize in capturing the emotion, human interactions and rich detail that bring dimension to the story of an organization. You can see some of my corporate photography including healthcare, industrial, education, retail and headshot work here Corporate Photography


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