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Tamara’s Bat Mitzvah

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to shoot my first Bat Mitzvah. I’ve only seen one on television so I was pumped to attend my first! My good friend Sara is Jewish and was nice enough to recommend me to a wonderful family. They were so warm and welcoming, which made my first experience even better.

The religious ceremony was quite strict. I was restricted to a very small area were I was unable to move around freely or use flash during the event. I understood the reasoning and instead of pouting like a young child (because I wanted to so badly!) I had to quickly figure ways to make this work. I was trusted to photograph an extremely important event so I had to make sure I captured every moment. Although the conditions weren’t perfect, I was happy with the results given the situation. Because the nature of this event, I will respect the family and not post photographs of this private and sacred moment.

I can however show you photographs from the after party! I’ve only heard Bat Mitzvah were fun and sometimes very lavish, but I had to see it for myself. These young teenagers really knew how to party! The event was hosted at a club in downtown Boston (I wish I could host a party in Boston period!) and was complete with a DJ, Emcee, Air Brush t-shirt artist, and Air Brush tattoo artist! Here’s a snapshot of their night.


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Jamie & Shane : Married

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Finally putting up photos from Jamie & Shane’s wedding back in September. I’ve been away, so sorry for the delay.

The wedding itself was beautiful, it was a perfect blue sky type of day. I couldn’t have planned for better weather, that’s something all photographers wished they could control. It was a pleasure to photograph the beautiful couple, and I’m grateful for the experience. Here are a few photos from their lovely day. Enjoy!

More photos available on my Facebook Page and Flickr.


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Amelia Island, Here I Come!

So my best friend’s getting married in less than three weeks and I can hardly contain myself. Although I work as a photographer and have seen many weddings, something about this wedding feels so brand new to me. I haven’t been in a wedding since I was a child, and my first real experience is as a maid of honor. I’m so grateful, but I’m also freaking out at the same time. I love my dear friend very much, but I don’t know what it takes to be a maid of honor. Luckily the 17 month engagement gave me plenty of time to prepare… to bad I didn’t take advantage of it and now it’s crunch time! I can’t get myself to start writing my speech so instead I’m writing about how excited/nervous I am. Attending and shooting weddings did not prepare me for the real thing. I can only imagine when it’s my turn!

Planning a wedding and documenting a wedding is completely different (at least in my opinion). I’m a visual person (duh, I’m a photographer), so I plan my shoots in a different way than I would if I were to plan for any event. All I know is, I have great visions for my best friend’s wedding… now I just need to execute it.

At least I know how to capture every step of this journey. Here’s my dress and shoes for the day!

I’ll gladly take any advice on being maid of honor!