This bat mitzvah portrait portrait of this lovely young lady was taken at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield, NJ on the morning of her bat mitzvah, before services began.
If you want bat mitzvah portraits (or bar mitzvah portraits) with a beautiful soft quality of light that wraps around the subject like a cozy blanket, you need to make sure your bar mitzvah photographer knows how to use off-camera lighting. Do you notice how there are no harsh shadows or bright areas on her face, no bright, almost white highlights in the background? That's what a photographer can do with off-camera lighting. If you are familiar with this synagogue, you know that there is a small part of one wall that has stained glass windows and almost no natural light at all, so there's no opportunity to untilize soft window light on the bima.
Lighting like this cannot be created with Photoshop or any other post-processing tools or techniques. It must be captured in the camera. If a photographer has not mastered off-camera lighting, they will not be able to make pictures likes this for you. Ask any bar mitzvah photographer you're thinking of hiring what kind of lighting they use at their temple portraits. If they use on-camera flash, then definitely continue your search.
If you belong to Temple Emanu-El in Westfield, I would love to speak with you about being your mitzvah photographer.
Location: 756 E Broad St, Westfield, NJ 07090.