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Justin's Bar Mitzvah

I've started and restarted this post several times because there are so many things I want to say about the Lomax family and I don't have enough space to post it all.

I've known and worked with Carin for the past 5 or 6 years. We met at a bat mitzvah where the client had hired her as the event planner and me as the photographer. I was impressed with the attention to detail at the party and apparently Carin liked working with me; she has been referring me to her clients ever since (and, fyi, there's no secret quid-pro-quo arrangement between us). I used her for my daughter's bat mitzvah and was even more impressed with her as her client.

Justin's bar mitzvah was something of a special occasion - his dad, Jason, spoke about it in his speech (which, by the way, is the one and only parent speech in almost 10 years that has made me cry). Justin is alternatively abled and had to work harder than other kids to achieve this milestone. Carin asked me to photograph their meeting in the rabbi's office the morning of his bar mitzvah and it was obvious that many people who love Justin had a hand in helping him reach the day. There was a palpable joy in the room and a few times I sat back just to watch the proud grins and hugs.

That joy continued at the reception. Have you ever been to an event planner's own event? Dude. It was amazing - a photographer's dream come true. The theme was 'cars' and everything reflected it: the centerpieces, the personalized license plates for guests to make, the racetrack table card display...just all of it. There was also a dessert conveyor belt, a surprise appearance by the Amazing Bottle Dancers and a jigsaw puzzle guest book. Electric Entertainment (another of my very favorites) worked their magic and the kids and adults danced and played all afternoon.

Thank you, Jason, Carin, Justin and Bennett - I am honored to have been a part of this most special day for your family. Enjoy the sneak peek!

 

Kristin Goldscher