Last week I had the honor of photographing the annual gala of an amazing charity. CASA-NYC (Court Appointed Special Advocates) provides volunteer attorneys who advocate on behalf of children in New York City's foster care system. They serve a vital role for a uniquely vulnerable group of youth, providing voices for children in courtrooms and helping them get the services they need.
It was a wonderful event, with inspiring speakers and a great silent auction. I heard later that they raised a huge amount of money for this worthy charity, and I'm proud to have been a part of it.
Earlier this summer, I had the amazing opportunity to photograph my friend Sharon's bridal shower and henna party. Sharon and her then-fiance, Ryan, are an incredibly sweet, accomplished couple. As of the henna party, they had recently returned from a year in Israel, where Ryan completed his M.D. and Sharon clerked for the Israeli Supreme Court.
Sharon comes from a big, loving Persian Jewish family, and her event was a mix of American and Persian traditions to celebrate brides-to-be. There was lots of food (of course) as well as a classic tea party theme and a henna artist. After a delicious dinner served on the beautiful patio of Sharon's parents' house, there was traditional Persian dancing and a henna ceremony.
It was a beautiful event, full of laughter and love and dancing and food. I wish Sharon and Ryan (who got married in the time it took me to post these photos) all the best in their life together.
This conversation was about high heels, I swear...
This August, my grandfather Abe Curzer turned 100. That's right, he was born in 1914. We threw him a party, where he had a wonderful time and gracefully entertained all his friends. What an amazing person!
He received a letter from the White House congratulating him on his birthday:
Last Saturday I had the privilege to photograph the bar mitzvah of an incredible young man. Oren is a member of the City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, where his dad is the rabbi. His bar mitzvah was held at the beautiful Columbia Faculty House, which has gorgeous views out over the Manhattan skyline.
Oren did an incredible job, and it was easy to see how very proud his friends and family are of him. Mazel Tov, Oren!
Noa is an incredible young woman, and her Bat Mitzvah was one of the most impressive I've ever seen. She did a beautiful job, reading Torah perfectly and delivering a thoughtful and beautiful sermon. Since Noa's mother is a rabbi, she got to hold her Bat Mitzvah service in the synagogue at the Hebrew Union College campus in Manhattan. It's a gorgeous venue that lends itself very well to no-flash photography. The lunch reception was held in the HUC atrium, where Noa's friends and family celebrated her accomplishment with – what else? – eating and dancing. Mazel Tov Noa!