The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Day

This is your special day and I will be there to capture the spirit of the event and all the great family emotions. For years now I have specialized in photographing Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. I love capturing these events because I enjoy the innocence of the kids and the pride of the parents.

I always use the latest in digital photography equipment and take great pride in getting not just the standard pictures that you would expect, but also the truly unique and exciting photos that represent your family and the day.

Mitzvah Photos

My style of photography is very relaxed with a good balance of formal and candid shots. As a good friend of mine (and accomplished photographer) likes to say, “The camera looks both ways”. In other words, the mood, the attitude and the emotion that I feel is reflected in my pictures. It is important for the photographer to understand and interact with the people they are photographing, putting everyone at ease so that the pictures capture their true selves.

Read on to see how things work...


 

Pre-Event Portraits

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Before the big day, many families want to have a nice photo of their child. This way, we can create a sign-in board for the party and also have some nice photos for the beginning of the finished album or book. Typically we will shoot these a month before the service.

I like to take these photos in an outdoor setting. This can be at a local park or a location of your choice. If your child is into horseback riding, we can photograph them at your stable. If they are a swimmer, we can photograph them at a pool. It is important that these photos reflect who they are, not who I am. 

 


 

Timing

On the big day, not all events start or end at the same time, but here's an example of a fairly typical day of shooting. This gives you an idea of how I work and what I'll be caprturing.

  • 9am - Family photos at the Temple
  • 10:30am - Photography of the service (if permitted by Temple)
  • 12:30pm - Photos of the kiddush lunch at Temple and mingling
  • 6:30-10:30pm - Photos of party (may also be a lunch party)
  • 11pm - Wrap up and backup all of the day's photos to remote location

As you can see, I'm with you every step of the way. And when I capture your day - you “own me” for the day, so you can determine what images you want, and when and how you want them.


 

Family Photos

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Since everyone is dressed up and looking great, this is an ideal time to capture pictures of your immediate family, your extended family, and your close friends. Typically I will first capture photos of everyone outside the Temple and then move back indoors to get images of the family at the bimah. This is also a good time to get photos of the child and family reading from the Torah.

 


 

The Service

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I love photographing the service (with the permission of the Temple) because I love capturing all the emotions that surface during this time - the relief, the love, and the accomplishment.

Most of the time, I will stay in one spot in the back of the Temple and avoid any distractions or interruptions. I absolutely NEVER shoot with a flash in the Temple, as this is disruptive and usually against Temple rules.

And I own the best cameras and lenses which allow me to get the best high-quality images, even in tricky settings or low light situations.

 


 

The Party

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The service is over and now everybody is ready to have a good time celebrating! I go to work capturing all the greatest and most important moments - the smiles, the laughter, the friends, the dancing, and maybe even a candle lighting ceremony.

From morning until night, I'm always looking for great pictures to capture, and can even project the images from earlier that day at your party following the service.

 


 

The Details

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Sure...you are expecting the pictures of the service and the party. You know that you are going to get great photos of your child at the bihma and up on the chair during the hora. But, there is so much more happening throughout the day and I pride myself on catching the smallest of details. The young child who can't sit still during the service, the macro shot of the Yad on the Torah, and the proud dad in the Temple. I am always looking for the “other shots” to bring out the details of your day.

 


 

After the Mitzvah

The day may be over, but my work continues, because now I need to get all the images back to my studio to be downloaded, graded and backed-up. 

In the days that follow, I will publish a web site with all the best images from your day. You, your friends and your family can then view all these images and select the photos you want. I will then edit the images that you have selected, have them printed and deliver them to you. Many of my clients have a hard time narrowing down their choices from the hundreds that are posted. But don't worry! The gallery remains posted for at least 6 months, so you have plenty of time to browse through your virtual lookbook. Most other photographers limit the gallery time in order to force their clients to move quickly. I would rather that you take your time and not feel pressured.

You have a choice of getting those photos in an album (which is the most popular choice these days), coffee table book, single prints, enlargements, or digital images. You can choose one or all of these options.

All of my images are securely archived in multiple locations and maintained for the long term.


 

The End...But Not the End

By the end of this process, we have probably spent a great deal of time together. Talking on the phone, trading email messages, spending many hours together on the “big day”, and discussing the final images.

I feel that it is an honor to be a part of so many family gatherings, and even when your final images have been delivered,  I hope that we can stay in touch. 

 


 

To contact Jeff Cable Photography about an upcoming mitzvah, please click here.

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