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“Your yad began its life as a branch on the sycamore tree outside my bedroom window…” Gideon’s grandmother hand made a beautiful yad for her grandson to use as he read torah for the first time at his Bar Mitzvah. Gideon has grown into an incredible young man in the four years since I last […]

Gideon’s Bar Mitzvah Portraits – Temple Shalom, Chevy Chase, Md.

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With a storm in the forecast Jared and Ethan found plenty of time on the zip lines before the rain at their Smokey Glen B’nai Mitzvah. After a game of Coke & Pepsi during the storm guests ventured back out for a round of golf and game of basketball. It was a blast to shoot […]

Jared & Ethan’s B’nai Mitzvah – Smokey Glen Farm, Gaithersburg, Md.

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It’s been three years since older sister Maggie’s Bat Mitzvah, and I was thrilled to catch up with Jared and Ethan as they celebrated their B’nai Mitzvah at B’nai Israel Congregation. A B’nai Mitzvah is a celebration of both boys together as well as two individual Bar Mitzvahs. When photographing twins we make sure each […]

Jared & Ethan’s B’nai Mitzvah Portraits – B’nai Israel, Rockville, Md.

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Wilson and Hardware Kitchen and Bar was the perfect setting for Sloane’s graffiti themed Bat Mitzvah celebration. From the logo down to the custom spray paint cupcakes with rock candy the scene was set for an incredible evening. While the adults enjoyed cocktails on the terrace the kids played minute to win it on the […]

Sloane’s Bat Mitzvah – Wilson and Hardware Kitchen and Bar, Arlington, Va.

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Sloane shone during her Temple Rodef Shalom portrait session days before her Bat Mitzvah. Mazel tov Jennifer, Paul, Reese, Sloane, and Vaughn!

Sloane’s Bat Mitzvah Portraits – Temple Rodef Shalom, Falls Church, Va.

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With tables full of lanterns, drift wood, and candles the scene was set for Hannah’s beach theme celebration. Guests tried to keep their balance on the mechanical surf board before enjoying the most creative and delicious vegetarian menu I have seen. Mazel tov Julia, Matt, and Hannah! Venue: Temple Sinai Caterer: Occasions Caterers/Nicole Lubel Event […]

Hannah’s Bat Mitzvah – Temple Sinai, Washington, D.C.

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After a pretty rough cold and flu season, I was thrilled when the stars aligned for Hannah’s Bat Mitzvah portrait session.  I don’t often get to shoot portraits after the party, so seeing Hannah in action with her friends at her beach themed celebration made me even more excited to capture portraits of Hannah with […]

Hannah’s Bat Mitzvah Portraits – Temple Sinai, Washington, D.C.

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There was so much love for Sari at her Clarendon Ballroom Bat Mitzvah. From a custom scrapbook made by her sister to a shower of confetti during the hora, the entire night was a celebration of this sweet effervescent girl. Mazel tov to Laurie, Jordan, Alexa, and Sari! Venue & Catering: Clarendon Ballroom Lighting and […]

Sari’s Bat Mitzvah – Clarendon Ballroom, Arlington, Va.

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Sari was such a joy to photograph as she prepared to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah at B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville, Md. Mazel tov to Laurie, Jordan, Alexa and Sari!

Sari’s Bat Mitzvah Portraits – B’nai Israel Congregation, Rockville, Md.

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Dylan’s guests took turns appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated at his basketball themed Bar Mitzvah at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center. Mazel tov to Allison, David, Zachary, and Dylan! Venue: Socttish Rite Masonic CenterLighting and Decor: Digital Events AssociatesDJ: PurnellPhotography: Rachael Spiegel Photography/Rachael Spiegel

Dylan’s Bar Mitzvah – Scottish Rite Masonic Center, Baltimore, Md.

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Dylan was joined by his family and grandparents for his Oheb Shalom Bar Mitzvah portraits. Mazel tov Dylan! 

Dylan’s Bar Mitzvah Portraits – Oheb Shalom, Baltimore, Md.

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Davis celebrated his Bar Mitzvah with a blowout celebration at Camden Yards. After a sunset portrait session around the stadium, guests arrived and were treated to a tour of the dugout and field. The Oriole Bird even made an appearance and lit up the dance floor. Before boarding the buses home, guests were sent on […]

Davis’ Bar Mitzvah – Camden Yards, Baltimore, Md.

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