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I love photographing mitzvahs. They have all the joy of a wedding, have the fun of a birthday party and just slightly less stressful than a wedding for a photographer. And since I’m generally not around during the service, I get to see families being real and a bit more relaxed during the run throughs. I like capturing the unguarded moments.

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And the unguarded moment applies to the party too. My goal is to be everywhere and not in the way. I don’t want to affect what happens in front of my lens during the parties. I want to capture your story, as it happens.

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Sweeeeet 16!

We should celebrate when children have one foot in each world, childhood and adulthood. There is no one brightline that actually demarks that moment. But there are a series of small and not so small moments. One is your birthday. It’s a moment. When you’re young, it’s a big deal. When you’re older, it’s mostly not. But in between, we shouldn’t be so eager to move children to adulthood. Personally, there are more than a few times I’d trade with a 5 year old, or even my 19 year old self, any day of the week.

Sweet 16 candle lighting

Sweet 16 candle lighting

So a party to acknowledge that moment - that fleeting moment - is a good thing. It’s to celebrate this very moment. A moment where your child is in both worlds and not fully in either.

The lady in red!

The lady in red!

Celebrate life. Enjoy it. Enjoy your children. They will be grown and flown soon enough.

Flowers by  Lotus Petals , Maplewood NJ

Flowers by Lotus Petals, Maplewood NJ

The cake by  The Able Baker  - and it’s gluten free!

The cake by The Able Baker - and it’s gluten free!