ALLIE'S BAT MITZVAH
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: