Ira Casel Photography

About Me

I became serious about photography when I was awarded the lead sports photographer position for my middle school. I built a darkroom in my family's basement, and the rest is history.

Today, my life centers around photography and my wife Galit and our two kids, Jacob and Rebecca. We love the performing arts and traveling, both to new places and to midcoast Maine again and again.

We have fun exploring New York City, finding hidden rocky beaches, playing Scrabble, and cooking dinner together. The kids are particularly good at making homemade pasta.

I'd love to get to know your family too and document your most important moments.


My photographic specialties include bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, business portraits and headshots, corporate photography, family portraits and weddings.

Bar/Bat Mitzvahs

My wife and I have gone through the experience of making a bar mitzvah and then a bat mitzvah four years later. I’ve been in your shoes and I understand what you may be thinking and feeling. I️ get it.

I understand that you want everyone you work with on your child’s bat/bar mitzvah to be responsive, helpful, professional and dedicated to providing you and your family with spectacular client service that anticipates your needs and makes everything easy, fun and stress-free.

As your photographer I'll be completely dedicated to creating an incredible experience for your family - to adding to the enjoyment of your entire mitzvah weekend- and to creating heartbreakingly beautiful images of your family.

I hope to create photographs that bring tears to your eyes (if you’re the type). I'll go well beyond the expected and obvious photos to capture expressions, gestures and moments of interaction that you never noticed.

And of course I'll create beautifully lit, gorgeous posed family portraits worthy of your mantelpiece - and grandma’s coffee table.

I'll disappear into the crowd at the party - you may not even notice me very much - but I'll always seem to be there at just the right moment.

Business Portraits

Perceptions are reality. You need to take advantage of the opportunity to make a great impression and professional quality business portraits will help you do that.

Whether you're a business owner, attorney, physician or other professional, you can't let the world's first impression of you be an iPhone picture of your face cropped out of a photo booth picture from the last wedding you attended.

Our portrait session will be l relaxed and low-key and I'll create photographs that will make you look and feel great.

Family Portraits

I'm definitely not the photographer to call for a family portrait where everyone is wearing matching outfits and they're posed and retouched to within an inch of their lives.

During a children's or family portrait shoot, I aim to let my subjects have fun and interact with each other, while I capture their expressions, gestures and the sweet, funny and tender moments that unfold.

My photographs help you relive important moments in your family's life and remember what you felt when the image was created.

Selected Corporate Clients

Komansky Children's Hospital|New York Presbyterian

Schott - NYC

The Horizon School

Columbia Presbyterian Hospital

Golda Och Academy

The Able Baker

National Council of Jewish Women/Essex Section

Liepold Design Group

The Saritte Harel Team|Keller-Williams