RECHT BAR MITZVAH / temple isaiah, fulton, md
Jacob's bar mitzvah officially kicked off my bar/bat mitzvah season; I have a busy few months coming up and this was a great way to start. First of all it was at my temple which I always love shooting at because it's familiar and comfortable and I know the routine. I know where the good stained glass windows are, where to take family photos if it's sunny out and I need open shade and even where to shoot if it's cloudy and I want some good filtered window light. Plus it's only 3 miles from my house so I can shoot the synagogue photos in the morning, head home for a cup of coffee and downloading images and then go back out for the reception. First cool thing about this bar mitzvah: I've known Monica for several years through our temple's preschool. Only I don't know that we ever said more than an occasional 'morning' as we passed each other in the halls. So when she called me a few months back to talk about photography, it was funny seeing her answer the door ('Oh right! I know you!').
Second cool thing: they had guests from 5 different countries. I wish I could remember all of them; the only one I remember is Israel. I don't think I've ever shot a bar or bat mitzvah with so many countries represented.
Third cool thing: the family themselves. We have a small Jewish community in Howard County and every Jew knows every other Jew (or at least knows the name). I can't tell you how many people, when I mentioned I was shooting or had just shot the Recht bar mitzvah said to me, 'Oh, Monica and Joel are such nice people!'. And it's totally true. I loved working with them and hope I get to shoot their younger son's bar mitzvah in a couple of years.
Thanks, guys ~ enjoy the preview of images to come: