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...
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!
This is long overdue, but here are a couple of pictures from Max's bar mitzvah in June. He did a wonderful job, and the warmth of his family's small congregation was truly beautiful.
Also, it was great to be there because Max is family! He and my husband, Josh, are second cousins (and Max's first cousin Hailey was actually my flower girl at our wedding!). Since Josh will be ordained as a rabbi in May, Max asked him to be his bar mitzvah tutor. (That's Josh on the left in the first photo.) They worked hard all year, as illustrated by Max's stellar performance in June.
Mazel Tov, Max!
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!
Last weekend I had the great privilege of photographing Viola and Fernando's wedding with Michael Chadwick of Chadwick Creative Arts. Working with Michael was an incredible experience, and I learned a huge amount about wedding photography. I hope we get to work together again soon!