After over 30 years in the field of photography, I keep telling myself that each mitzvah I shoot is the last one. By the end of the day or night, my feet ache, my joints suffer and I’m ready for a massage. Yet it is hard to turn down the requests of families I have grown to know over the years, and who insist I photograph their second or third child.
It is also hard to turn away from the wonderful moments I capture: proud parents at the bema, tears in a grandparents eye and the wonderful coming together of family and friends. I get to see how confident the first child has become, and see the emergence of a young girl into adulthood.
Melanie’s bat mitzvah was a special blend of two cultures, embracing their special girl.
In addition, I’ve found great photographers to help me out as I age gracefully, so kudos to Terri Olson and Krit Upra for making my job that much easier!