Wilshire Grand Bar Mitzvahs
Photographing milestone events like bar and bat mitzvahs is a sacred honor and one that I take very seriously. It's a privilege to be invited into the middle of a family's life and relationships on a day that's significant to their personal and family history. I consider it a success when I blend into the event's of the and cease to be noticeable, so much so that my clients feel free to just be themselves, unaware of and unconcerned about the camera that is everywhere and nowhere.
Whenever I'm at a bar or bat mitzvah and the honor dance is ending, I always hope that the DJ will play another slow song or two so that the parents of the bar mitzvah boy or bat mitzvah girl might dance with each other. This is the sort of image that I make for myself. It captures a moment that could easily have been missed in the crush of the dance floor. To me, these two look as though they could be a bride and groom, the way they are looking at each other. This couple offered me an extra gift that day and I was paying close enough attention to register and capture the moment.
I'm happy to say that I'll be working with them again at their daughter's bat mitzvah next year. I'll be on lookout for more gifts from them.
Location: The Wilshire Grand Hotel 350 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052