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GREENBERG BAT MITZVAH :: B'NAI SHALOM OF OLNEY

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I think I'm a pretty good judge of character and personalities; I've heard it said the being a photographer means you also have to be a bit of a psychologist ~ knowing how to handle people, reading relationships and moods and managing tension and stress.  But Faye surprised me.  When I met her to take synagogue portraits a few days before her bat mitzvah, she seemed quiet and a shy and maybe a bit of an old soul. Her maturity was refreshing but I thought it might be hard to photograph her at the reception because my experience with kids who are on the quiet side is that they aren't in the middle of things even at their own reception. Faye blew that theory out of the water.  She danced the entire night, sang into the microphone, hula hooped with her friends and was as loud and lovely as any other 13-year-old having the time of their life at their reception.  It wasn't hard to see where she gets it from, either ~ almost all of the adults danced until the very end.  And I mean The.Very.End. Usually even the most die hard dancers are beat by the time the reception ends but people kept requesting songs and the (awesome) DJ kept spinning.  The windows were fogged and dripping with condensation from the heat and the energy in the room.

It was awesome.

Major props to the DJ - Cliff Masina with Everything Entertainment ~ for keeping the party going.  This was my first time working with the company and with Cliff and I'm looking forward to doing it again.  Heidi Hiller of Innovative Party Planning was in charge of the decorations; I didn't know my client, Leslie, was using Heidi and when I walked into the room and saw the decor I thought, 'This looks like something Heidi would have done.'  Her work is unique and distinct and all hand crafted ~ Leslie said she has a huge, dream craft room where she puts it all together.

Thanks, Michael, Leslie, Faye and Aaron ~ I loved working with you and can't wait to show you the rest of the images!