I’m a sucker for deeply saturated stained glass. It makes me happy in a way I can’t completely explain. I love to work them into portraits when I can. here I have a bat mitzvah during her temple run through. It’s an unguarded moment but I love it. The window takes up 2/3s of the image and her upper body takes up an overlapping 2/3s. It’s one of my favs from the session.
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.
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.
I love color! The teal of the tallis - reminds me of a summer night sky - well after sunset but before night falls - a planetarium blue!
Some are easy to find. The walls, the pews - all patterns. Others happen. Here the rabbi and the bar mitzvah are swinging their tallit the same way...a pattern!
Bad pun, sorry. But yes, he is in b&w and is reading. When I shoot in familiar spaces - it can be...a lot of the same. I always try to look for new angles, use of light, positions, anything. The family is unique, the photos should be as well.
I love lines. Leading lines especially - all these lines point to what's really important!
Our minds are comforted by patterns. While there are adrenaline junkies in our midst who constantly strive for excitement,, they too crave and are comforted by patterns. It's just that their patterns are thrills. The mind loves patterns, they are paths, maps of what happens next. It's comforting to know what happens next. Here is a image from last week. The repeating wood grain and lines of the benches - pull the eye thru the image - you know what happens next! I chose to make the image b&w to accentuate the patterns. The space was all wood and I had to either bounce the flash off the walls/ceiling and get an 'orange' glow or use direct flash that would have created a distracting shadow. I chose the bounce. While I could neutralize the orange tones, I felt the image was pretty strong in composition and I could strip out the color and have a strong image. And it is.
Sometimes it's the simple small things that make me smile. Here is a simple flower floating in a bowl. It's a Gerbera Daisy - one of my favorite flowers since they are, IMHO, one of the happiest flowers around! The decor for this bat mitzvah was simple and elegant in rose and gold tones. It was beautiful. Decor: Laura Himmelien from Party Cake, Party Cake.
Last week, I photographed a beautiful young lady in a local temple, Oheb Shalom in South Orange. The main sanctuary has the most amazing stained glass windows. I arrived early, before my clients and took a few close ups.