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ALLIE'S BAT MITZVAH

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I shot my first bat mitzvah in two months on Saturday.  I'm usually booked a year or two out but for some reason this past January and February I had none booked.  It ended up being a really good thing as we had a lot of family stuff going on. But Allie's was my first one since my much needed and appreciated vacation.  It was a great way to get back into the groove ~ she had her reception at the BWI Hilton which I haven't shot at before.  The party planner (Heidi Hiller of Innovative Party Planners) did an amazing job; the theme was Awesome Allie and incorporated Allie's favorite things in a really cool way.  I loved that Allie's colors were blue and she didn't have a girly-girly theme; if I had been Jewish when I turned 13 and had a bat mitzvah, Allie's theme is exactly the kind I would have wanted.

The DJ was amazing - MC Carlos from Electric Entertainment - and had people dancing until the very last minute of the party.  I've worked with Carlos and his crew before and I can't recommend them enough.  I also worked with a great videographer - Jim Skipper of Black Tie Video Productions.  I actually heard one of the guests, at the end of the party, say they didn't even know there was a videographer there.  If you know anything about videographers, you know that is no small feat.  I loved working with Jim and wish all my clients would hire him (hint, hint).

But far and away the best thing about the day?  The family.  I knew Laurie and Scott were fun but now I want their parents (either set - I don't care) to adopt me.  They were fun and laughed at my stupid jokes and allowed me to do my thing and had a great attitude about it (even during the synagogue photos which usually make everyone cranky).

A few photos from the big day:

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