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JESSIE'S BAT MITZVAH temple rodef shalom + washington golf and country club

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I found myself back at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, VA this past weekend ~ it is one of my very favorite synagogues to photograph; there is an abundance of natural light, the sanctuary is beautiful and there is a gorgeous meditation garden at one end of the property. Add to it an extremely photogenic bat mitzvah girl and I had the recipe for great portraits. This sounds weird, but the first thing I noticed about Jessie was her coloring ~ her fair skin and dark hair immediately brought to mind comparisons to Snow White.  Cheesy, yes,  but very true.  One of these days I'm going to have to find my middle school yearbook and post my 7th grade photo; I wasn't just awkward, I was downright unattractive.  I marvel at the girls I photograph these days who are so mature and polished and *pretty* at age 13.  I have nothing but cringe-inducing memories of myself at that age.

We shot temple photos a few days before Jessie's bat mitzvah but the real fun was Saturday night at the reception.  It was a new venue for me and one I hope to shoot at again ~ Washington Golf and Country Club.  They had cocktails on the veranda overlooking the golf course and an amazing party inside the Presidents Room.  Once again, Carin Lomax of Events Extraordinaire, pulled off a flawless event.  I had a second shooter with me who, at one point, looked at her watch and marveled that the party was running on time.  I laughed because *of course* it was running on time ~ Carin was in charge.

One of my favorite things about this family was the clear connection between Jessie and her dad; his speech to her/about her was both poignant and funny at the same time.  I loved seeing them laugh and hug; it gives me hope that my daughter and husband can have that relationship when she is that age.

Thank you, Susan, Andy, Jessie and Emily ~ I loved being a part of your simcha and can't wait to show you the rest of the photos.  Until then, here's a small preview: