Just being selected to photograph a family - whether a milestone event such as a bat or bar mitzvah or wedding, or something simpler like a family portrait session - is an honor and a responsibility that I take seriously. When the client takes the time to send me note saying how happy they are with the photographs, it really means a lot. Here is a sampling of those notes of appreciation.
Beth M., Larchmont, New York
OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!
Thank you!! Can’t wait to see all of them!
Michelle W., South Orange, New Jersey
I am so thrilled with the wonderful, vivid pictures Ira took of my son's Bar Mitzvah. My eyes welled with tears when I saw the final product. Ira managed to capture ephemeral, incredible moments - the joy, the love and the vibrancy of the evening radiated from all the pictures. Additionally, he is a pleasure and fun to work with. From the beginning we felt like we were in good hands. We are so happy we chose Ira as our photographer. Now those priceless moments will always be there for us to revisit, thanks to Ira.
Dianna S., Westfield, New Jersey
OMG the pictures are stunning!!!! Thank you for perfectly capturing our day Ira you are truly the BEST!
Allison & Mark Z., Short Hills, New Jersey
It was truly a pleasure to work with Ira Casel. From the time he arrived, he effortlessly integrated himself into the party with both family and guests. As a result, his photography captured the special moments between people and the joy of the celebration.
Joni & Brad T., Springfield, New Jersey
You captured the moments of the day in a unique, artsy and fun way, which was exactly what we wanted. You seamlessly blend into the party, but at the same time, whenever we needed you always seemed to be there! We also were so pleased with the results of the casual portrait session weeks before the actual event. Thanks again for making our occasion so special!
Lucila M., Maplewood, NJ
Ira, we love our new photographs. The pictures you took of our three girls are displayed in our living room. We have a lot of art but I have never received so many compliments! I smile every time I see your work.
Allyson, Short Hills, New Jersey
Once again, we were thrilled with our holiday shoot. It's always such a pleasure working with you and look forward to "photo-documenting" our kids every year! They enjoy it too.
Rachel & Curt F., Fair Lawn, NJ
We are blown away. I am really speechless. Your pictures of Zac are so beautiful! You completely captured his curiosity, joy and essence. And you captured our joy with him. You tell such a happy, beautiful story. Thanks. We feel like rock stars.
Colleen G., Millburn, New Jersey
I was really impressed that he took the time to meet with us before our photo shoot at our house and get to know us a bit first. While taking pictures he was spontaneous, accommodating, fun and really kept my girls engaged and smiling.
Johanna G., Maplewood, New Jersey
Ok, it’s official. We are completely awed at your eye, your skill, your time management, your flexibility, and of course, our photos!!! These photos are magnificent and beyond anything we could have expected. You’ve captured our daughter, and our family dynamics, in ways that defy the circumstances and pressures of the day for all of us. I have no idea how you did it but we are absolutely thrilled!!!! Thanks so much!!
Beth K., Millburn, New Jersey
We would like to thank you for the exquisite pictures you took at our daughter's bat mitzvah. It was wonderful having Ira photograph our daughter's bat mitzvah. He managed to take one wonderful picture after the next with none of us even knowing he was there. He captured the warmth of the event and somehow everyone looks good in nearly all of the pictures; best of all, he captured special moments without being intrusive! We will have great memories and now great photographs, a rare combination.
Laura L., Millburn, New Jersey
Ira's photos really captured the joy of my son's bar mitzvah. They are beautiful and iconic: each photo stands alone as a piece of art in itself, as well as being part of the story of the day.
Harriet & Michael H., South Orange, New Jersey
Ira photographed our son's bar mitzvah and we were thrilled with the pictures! It was one of the most joyous days of our life and his pictures captured all the happiness and love that we experienced! Fabulous!
Alan and Susan S., Millburn, New Jersey
Beautiful pictures Ira! You did a great job of capturing the feelings of the moment and the spirit of the day. Not only is each individual photo a piece of art, but the collection masterfully conveys the story of the day. Thank you also for providing us with black and white photos which help round out the photographic depiction of this special day. From beginning to end, you were a pleasure to work with. Thank you!
Miriam & Adam R., Livingston, New Jersey
We are so pleased with the work Ira Casel did for our daughter's bat mitzvah. He was incredibly pleasant and professional to work with. Ira made sure that he captured all the important family pictures, but also took many gorgeous artistic shots and fabulous candids. We are so thrilled with the results! As soon as we get a bat mitzvah date scheduled for our younger daughter, we will be calling Ira right away to make sure he is available.
Susan & Bill G., Short Hills, New Jersey
I can't tell you how pleased we are with Ty's Bar Mitzvah photos! They are beautiful! You captured every single special moment, as well as all of the candid shots that show just how much fun we all had. Your attention to detail and eye for creativity are amazing. I loved the photo of my Manolo Blahnik's...on and off my feet!
We are so happy that we had the chance to work with you! I am not sure that anyone else could have captured the bar mitzvah in the special way that you were able to. I will gladly refer you to all of my dearest friends and family!
I look forward to seeing you again...maybe for a family photo shoot! Definitely for the next big party/event!
Karen & Jerry W., Short Hills, New Jersey
Ira took photographs our daughter’s bat mitzvah that captured the essence of the experience. He has talent for capturing emotions and candid moments. When we look at the photos, we don’t just see images of what happened, we feel the experience again. He has a sense of people that is captured through his photos. Ira is also very easygoing and integrates well into the event itself – just becoming a part of it all. We are really glad to have worked with him.”
Tracy & Joe D., Livingston, New Jersey
Thank you so much for the amazing photos of the girls’ bnai mitzvah. It was a pleasure working with you every step of the way and we can't wait to use you again in five years for the next bar mitzvah!