It is fascinating, intimidating and interesting to be surrounded by these awardees, all who are dedicated public servants and experts in their individual fields. Some snapshots from an awards ceremony I did earlier this summer, with keynote speaker and award recipient Elizabeth Dole.
Carley and her husband wanted to celebrate many things: their son’s and daughter-in-law’s recent marriage, the New Year, and all the great things coming their way. So as a thank-you for all the times their friends invited them to parties and other life celebrations, they decided to throw a party in return. But really, why should there be a reason for a party other than just because it’s a fun way to see their favorite people? I think more people should have celebrations—just because—and hire a photographer to document the whole event! Here are a few shots from that great evening of cocktails, dancing, food, family and friends.
This girl is officially a bat mitzvah! And I’ve decided that bar/ bat mitzvahs are my new favorite event to photograph. First, it’s sweet and sentimental—I’ve seen this girl around since she was eight, and now she’s quite the young lady, and that growth is acknowledged nicely with a formal ceremony for which she prepared for months. She even wore her hair out of a ponytail—a rare sighting—and coupled with her mature conduct during the ceremony, she really shined. Since her ceremony wasn’t held in a synagogue, I was allowed to take a few shots, but out of respect for those who might be alarmed I didn’t shoot the entire ceremony. Second, bat/ bar mitzvah parties are SO MUCH FUN. I wish we had gotten one of these emcees and played games at our wedding. Plus, at this one, the grown-ups held their own on the dance floor, risking pulling muscles and backs trying to play Coke and Pepsi with the kids and more. Her party theme was Around the World, and I loved the mini-suitcases with the vintage postcards and symbolic items to represent each country. Here are some shots from that day!
Josh met the lovely, smart, down-to-earth Alex in New York and before you know it, they were galavanting the world together – something very important to them – traipsing through Myanmar and exotic locales. More recently, they experienced another exotic locale – Brooklyn – with me and my camera in hand. It required three of us to pull out Google Maps to figure out where we were going, being completely Manhattan-blooded, but it made for some fantastic vistas.
Josh and I have known each other for decades – literally, since we were in preschool, although I don’t really remember him from those days. We reconnected in junior high and became fast friends in high school. We both moved back to New York City after college, and then we both ended up in Los Angeles at the same time too, and spent many of our west coast days rollerblading on the beach and hiking. He officiated my wedding, and it only made sense that I shoot his engagement photos. Together, the three of us fought the onslaught of tourists on the Brooklyn bridge, explored Brooklyn Bridge Park, and ended up back in Manhattan at Central Park. Here are some of my favorites!
I met this girl when she was a year and a half, and now she’s 13! Yes, yikes! That went by fast. Through the years we lunched and played in the pool and now she is a well-spoken, intelligent, musically-inclined young lady embarking on her teen years and celebrating her bat mitzvah. Here she is during her rehearsal, and then at her party at Pinstripes in Rockville, where friends and family dined and bowled the night away.
Look at how fast they grow up. This girl, or “woman” in the Jewish tradition, carefully practices her bat mitzvah readings as proud parents look on. More to come…