Here I sit, one month after Sophie’s Bat Mitzvah, trying to find the words to describe the feelings of that day and the week that followed when Kevin and I were still “aglow” from what was undoubtedly the best day of our lives. There was nothing in the world like the feeling of sitting behind our daughter as she lead the service with incredible poise and self confidence, chanting Hebrew with the voice of an angel, surrounded by our dearest loved ones who came from far and near to fill the sanctuary. My friend Liz told me that she felt like she would burst with pride at her daughter’s Bat Mitzvah. That’s it. That was me. ABOUT. TO. BURST.
When I fear that the memories of the day are beginning to fade, I just look at these incredibly beautiful images by Jenna Walcott, Arianne Teeple and Alison Harbaugh. With the portraits and moments they captured, these photographers and dear friends have created memories that will be etched in our minds forever. My parents wrapping Sophie in her talis, a gift from Israel. My 98 year old grandmother dancing with Ben, her first great grandchild. Me about to burst on the bima, after I made it though my speech without getting faklempt! Editing through these images was such a joyful discovery of one gem after another. That’s when I remembered why we all became photographers. What we do is A GIFT. We give hundreds and sometimes thousands of gifts to every client. But why do we have to beat ourselves up over everything ~ the composition, the focus, the lighting, the exposure, the moments we missed? They don’t care. We captured their love and joy hundreds of times over. We were the ones they chose, and we showed up ~ our cameras, minds and hearts at the ready, and we created these portraits and moments which will be cherished for generations to come.
And of course, the details are important, too…. the product of a creative process that I enjoyed every second of, and can’t wait to do again for Eliza when her time comes. Fortunately, Sophie is very decisive and has great taste. She wanted a preppy Bat Mitzvah after seeing Kelly and Ryan’s Annapolis wedding on my blog. The fun began with our first visit to Paper in the Park for the invites, and continued with daily discoveries of cute preppy stuff online over the following six months, culminating with the incredible creations of Cynthia of Flower Follies and Ken Upton of Ken’s Creative Kitchen. Finally getting to work on an event of my own with these vendors after so many years was such a treat!
Here are the other vendors who brought so much beauty and joy to Sophie’s big day. We can’t thank you all enough, and are already looking forward to working with you again in 2018!
NYX Entertainment (MC TK & Jay) The Prop Stop Photo Booth Spoonflower (preppy paper and fabric) Mystic Knotworks (rope bracelets for boys) The Flag Chick (Sophie/Shalom banner) Star Monograms (hankies) Gracious Bridal (monogrammed cups)