GARRETT’S REALLY ROCKIN’ SOUTH FLORIDA BAR MITZVAH
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As far South Florida Mitzvahs go, this was one of the grandest affairs I have ever had the pleasure of photographing! It all began with Garrett’s pre-shoot at his family’s home, where we captured some great shots of him playing soccer, basketball as well as some nice portraits. The theme of his Bar Mitzvah was “blue”, so everything was adjusted to have a blue cast or some sort of blue in each photo. Check out the first 3 photos below to see the “blue.”
The Bar Mitzvah Photography start at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton. The temple has a lovely courtyard with very nice landscaping which is perfect for family portraits. These formal pictures included Garret with his parents, grandparents and siblings. During family portraits I always take a combination of formal posed photos and casually posed pictures.
Garrett’s ceremony was at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, but the main event was later that day at the site of the Old School Square in Delray Beach where an enormous 8,000 square foot tent was erected to house the party for the several hundred lucky guests invited to attend. All the guests wore white, except Garrett’s mom, who shimmered in a glamorous off the shoulder gown.
Before photographing a Bar Mitzvah, It’s always a good idea to review the family and guest photo list. I’ve been doing this of a ling time so I’m familiar with what pictures need to be taken. However, almost every family has requests for additional posed combinations. I always ask for a photo shot list as a way of making sure no one is forgotten.
This amazing South Florida Bar Mitzvah took place in a huge five thousand square foot tent. The tent was custom made with elaborate lighting fixtures, high tech electronics, huge video displays, and very creative lighting. It took days to construct the tent for this Bar Mitzvah party.
The décor was ultra-modern, all white with cool blue lighting that gave everything inside the tent a blue glow. A sumptuous buffet with several different stations, an ice-cream cart, and a delectable candy table kept the guests satiated all evening long. Linzi Etzion, mitzvah planner extraordinaire, masterfully coordinated all aspects of the event. As always, Linzi was a delight to work with and did an incredible job pulling everything together for this ultra-elaborate party.
The flowers and decor for this Rocken South Florida Bar Mitzvah were created by Xquisite Events. If you have not heard of them and you are planning a Mitzvah in South Florida you should at least check out their website. The are most creative event design company in the entire area.
During the cocktail hour of this very creative South Florida Bar Mitzvah the family hired mimes to entertain the guests. Photographing to guests having a great time and interacting with the mimes made for some really fun photo opportunities. For this blog post I just has to include the mimes in the pictures.
A highlight of the evening was when the popular dance troop “Live in Color” took center stage and performed a number featuring Garrett! All the kids, as well as the adults, were thrilled with this performance!
Once the party started it was nonstop action! Between the hora, Live in color, the amazing music and all the wild dancing I had a blast taking picture after picture. As a South Florida event photographer I love shooting people having a wild time, the count for this event was well over two thousand photos. I never had so much fun photographing a Bar Mitzvah!
Time really flies when there is so much to shoot at a raging and rocking party like this. As a photographer who covers parties every weekend I know a great party when I get to shoot one. Every second of the night I as taking another great image.
All in all, this was an amazingly artsy and creative and totally fun South Florida Bar Mitzvah that I was privileged to have the opportunity to photograph along with my second photographer on the job, Albert. We both had a great time and thank Linzi Etzion and the Schwartz’s for the opportunity to be a part of such a terrific event.
Anyone who had a sweet tooth had no problem finding satisfaction from this huge dessert table. Whatever sweet anyone could possibly desire was on this table. Candy apples, lot’s of unique cupcakes, gummy bears, they had it all!
This post was moved from a previous website. Since this South Florida Bar Mitzvah I had shot many other events. Below are some links to others.