ryan {fort lauderdale teen photographer}

Talk about cool and easygoing.  Ryan was awesome during his photo shoot – not only because he was fun to hang out with as we roamed around downtown Fort Lauderdale, but also because he had some great ideas of his own that we used during the shoot.  I loved spending time with him and his mom, and definitely am looking forward to his bar mitzvah next month.  Enjoy your Sneak Peek!  xoxo

abigail’s bat mitzvah {fort lauderdale bat mitzvah photographer}

It meant a lot to me to be the photographer at Abigail’s bat mitzvah, documenting this meaningful and joyful day for her and her family.  And while I do not belong to a synagogue, Ramat Shalom feels like home.  My youngest daughter loved going to preschool there, my nephew and niece were bar and bat mtizvah’d there, and I have always felt welcome.  I have known Rabbi Andrew for many years, and he probably doesn’t realize that sometimes the small things that he does in his day to day life as a rabbi make a big impact on those with whom he interacts.  This month, it will be 9 years since my father passed away.  My parents did not belong to a temple either at the time that my dad was sick, but my sister has belonged to Ramat Shalom for many years, and so they knew Rabbi Andrew.  While my dad was very sick, Rabbi Andrew was kind enough to meet with my mom to offer some guidance through the difficult times.  I don’t even know if Rabbi Andrew remembers this, but he visited my parent’s home on the day that my dad died.  My sister, Gena, and I were there, spending time with my mom and dad.  Rabbi Andrew must have sensed that my dad was going to pass soon, so he told us something that has stayed with me ever since that day.  My dad was laying in my old childhood room, and Rabbi Andrew told us that when he passes, to open the window, and let his spirit out.  And later that same day, my dad passed away while my mom, my sister and I were with him in the room.  And one of the first things we did was to open the window.  To this day, I can almost envision his spirit leaving through that window, and as sad I get, it gives me a sense of comfort.   Even though he might not even realize it, Rabbi Andrew was there for my family on one of the most important days of my life.  And, I was so happy that I could be there on one of the important days in his life.  It was a beautiful bat mitzvah, one that his whole congregation could share.  Abigail was amazing and brave to do her service in front of such a huge crowd!  The party at Ramat was wonderful, from the beautiful tables that looked like gardens, the pink lighting, the dancing, and mostly the love from family and friends.  Thank you for having us there to capture this day for Abigail and your family, and thank you for all those little things you do for everyone else.  Enjoy your Sneak Peek! xoxo

Venue – Ramat Shalom

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jenna {weston bat mitzvah photographer}

Wandering around Viscaya for Jenna’s bat mitzvah preshoot with Jenna and her family was an adventure.  We explored the grounds, finding beautiful places for photos, looking for shade, avoiding raccoons, and enduring the heat.  And boy was it HOT!!  At the very end of the shoot, it poured, and instead of being bummed that we were getting wet, it was actually a welcome reprieve.  Everyone was a trooper, and Jenna was so wonderful, beautiful and sweet.  Enjoy your Sneak Peek!  xoxo

Alison Friedman - We absolutely love the sneak peek pictures! We can’t wait to see the rest. You made our entire family feel so comfortable and we loved working with you!

carly {fort lauderdale bat mitzvah photographer}

Carly’s bat mitzvah was such a special, fun day with so many individual touches that went with her Under the C theme.  The room at the Venue was made to feel like we were in the ocean, and the kids each left with their own beta fish in a bowl!  Carly and her mom really thought of it all. Carly looked beautiful, and it was easy to see that she was so happy to be with her family and friends celebrating this big day.   We truly loved being a part of Carly’s day and capturing these memories for this family that I adore.  Enjoy your Sneak Peek!  xoxoSynagogue – Ramat Shalom

The Party – The Venue

trinity {south florida teen photographer}

Walking into this photo shoot, I was already excited.  I was excited because I would was about to photograph the daughter of a boy I had known since I was about 16, the brother of one of my best friends ever.  I had met her before, when she was younger, but had never spent any time with her.  I even had Reese along as a sidekick (I mean assistant).  So, this was really my first time getting to know Trinity, and I just fell in love with her.  And so did Reese.  We walked around the park, sweating our butts off, and she was beautiful and fun and sweet and playful and a great sport (about the sweating and the bugs).  We only wished that she lived in Florida so that Reese could have her as  a babysitter and that we could spend more time with her.  Thank you Brian, for letting me get to know Trinity, even a little, and it was wonderful to spend time with both of you.  Enjoy the Sneak Peek!  xoxo

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