The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Day

This is your special day and I will be there to capture the spirit of the day and 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.

Not all events start or end at the same time, but I thought that it would be beneficial to take you through a typical day of shooting so that you have a better idea of how I work and how we might be able to work together.

  • 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 photos to remote location

When I capture your day - you “own me” for the day, so you can determine what you want, when you want it and how you want it.

You will notice that 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 self. 

 


 

Portraits

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. 

 


 

Family Photos

Everyone is dressed up and looking great. This is an ideal time to capture pictures of your direct 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 a good time to get photos of the child and family reading from the Torah.

 


 

The Service

I love photographing the service (with the permission of the Temple) because I love capturing all the emotions that show during this time. The stress, the hard work, the relief, the love, the accomplishment.

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

I own the best cameras and lenses which allow me to photograph in low light situations and get the high-quality images.

 


 

The Party

The service is over and the stress level is down. Now everybody is ready to have a good time celebrating! Now it is time for me to capture the smiles, the laughter, the friends, the dancing, and maybe even a candle lighting ceremony.

Nobody works harder than I do to make sure that all of your important moments are photographed during the party. You won’t see me sitting down much. I am always looking for great pictures.   I can even project the images from earlier that day at your party following the service.

 


 

The Details

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 details. The young child who can not sit still during the service, the macro shot of the Yad on the Torah, 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

Now the day is over and everyone is going home to rest. But my work continues, because now I need to get all the images back to my studio to be downloaded, graded and backed-up. 

Then in the days that follow, I will publish a web site with all the best images from your day. You, your friends and 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 will stay up on the Internet for at least 6 months, so you have plenty of time to look them over. 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 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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