Batsheva Rubenstien's Bat Mitzvah at Factory 220, Passaic NJ

When you drive up to the location of Factory 220, you might wonder what to expect. Outside you may see abandoned buildings, but inside is the most incredibly versatile and convertible space. This was where Batsheva’s Bat Mitzvah was hosted, and boy was the space transformed.  Without any changes at all, the beautiful and rustic space at Factory 220 is warm and inviting, begging you to make it your own. With the lighting by Yitzy Wadiche and the decor and flowers by Papaya Events, the space was completely altered into the perfect setting for this epic Bat Mitzvah

Batsheva was so eager to have her portraits taken outdoors, using the unconventional surrounding areas as backgrounds. She was adventurous and excited to see what we could come up with, utilizing the abandoned school building and some huge puddles on the ground.  If there was any way to lighten up the groggy weather, Batsheva found it! She was such a joy to photograph, a real bundle of sunshine!

Taking photos of the Rubenstien family was an absolute pleasure. Their love for each other is so clear, and I could not help but notice how close Batsheva is with her parents. It was so special to witness that, and to listen to how they all spoke about each other in the speeches with such admiration. Going from that moment, to watching them dance together- different family members from different generations- was a sight to behold! I couldn't have been more honored to be there, capturing those moments for them.

Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Mitzva Bat Mitzva Event Upscale
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Mitzva Bat Mitzva Event Upscale
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Mitzva Bat Mitzva Event Upscale
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Mitzva Bat Mitzva Event Upscale
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Mitzva upscale event
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
Batsheva Rubinstien Bat MItzvah at Factory 220 New Jersey photos by Chaim Schvarcz upscale event mitzva
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The Bat Mitzvah Team:

Venue and Food: Factory 220
DJ and Lighting: Yitzy Wadiche
Flowers: Papaya Events

Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY

Family is everything.  That is something that I feel constantly; no matter what happens, where you go, how you change, family is the one constant in your life.  Joseph had his loving family around him all day celebrating his Bar Mitzvah, and I could tell that he appreciated each and every one of them.

Joseph’s Bar Mitzvah was packed with endless entertainment for everyone, from video game consoles to basketball hoops, a dry ice bar, breakdancers, arcade games, races run by motivators, and artists ‘tattooing’ with UV reactive paint that glowed when the lights went out! Everywhere you turned, there was something else to do and see, and another group of people laughing and having an amazing time.  The production and entertainment was, as the kids say, on fleek! The DJ and motivators had everyone on their feet the entire night, and got everyone involved. I loved it when the lights went off and the glow sticks (and glowing ‘tattoos’!) lit up! I always enjoy the challenge of working with the neon and glowing light, and coming up with creative ways to capture it all.

Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits, family
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits, family

Joseph’s sister, Alexandra, flew home from her gap year in Israel to be a part of Joseph’s special day.  With a broken foot, Alexandra was very limited for portraits, even though she really wanted to be a part of them.  Benjy, also known here as Super Dad, carried Alexandra wherever we were taking photos so she wouldn’t feel left out. How amazing is that?

Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits, couple, family
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits, couple, family
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits, couple, family
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits, family

Joseph’s grandparents had passed away and were not able to physically be a part of this momentous day.  There is no doubt, though, that they were there in spirit. Joseph and the family wanted them to be a part of this big part of his life, and I am certain they were.

Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends

The Team

Event Planner: Piece of Cake NYC
Venue: Young Israel of New Rochelle
Catering: Carlos and Gabbys
Production and Entertainment: ESP Productions

Chabad Lubavitch Orthodox Jewish Wedding on Mother's Day in Times Square, Manhattan, New York

If you have ever been to the center of Manhattan in the late evening, you may have seen a Bride and Groom taking portraits together with the spectacular background of Times Square, in all of its lit up glory.  I love taking couples to many of the wonderful and photogenic places of Manhattan for portraits, including Central Park, The High-line, Riverside Park and of course, Times Square.  

Until Mother’s Day this year, though, I had never had the incredible experience of photographing an actual wedding ceremony in the very center of Times Square.  As a matter of fact, this was one of the only times in history, if not the only time, where a wedding ceremony has taken place at the iconic Red Stairs of Times Square.  It was truly something to behold.  Over 200 guests, in addition to the countless tourists present, watched the emotional and stirring Chuppah Ceremony take place, followed by the exuberant dancing that led the newly married couple towards the rest of the wedding festivities at The Edison Ballroom.

I absolutely love going along with some of the adventurous and original wedding venue ideas that my clients come up with.  It came as a bit of a surprise when I learned that it was the father of the groom who had always wanted to make a wedding in Times Square, not the groom himself, as was written up in an article about the wedding by The New York Post.  But regardless of who came up with the idea, I am certain it will be spoken about amongst their prominent Rabbinical families, and the families of all of those present (guests and tourists alike!) for many years to come.

As always, it was an honor photographing with the amazingly talented and original Levik Hertzel Photography.

Historic Chabad Orthodox Jewish Wedding in Times Square Manhattan New York NYC Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, chuppah, tourists
Historic Chabad Orthodox Jewish Wedding in Times Square Manhattan New York NYC Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, groom, father of the groom, father of the bride, walking down the isle
Historic Chabad Orthodox Jewish Wedding in Times Square Manhattan New York NYC Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, chuppah, father of the groom, groom, father of the bride
Historic Chabad Orthodox Jewish Wedding in Times Square Manhattan New York NYC Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, bride, walking down the isle, mother of the bride, mother of the groom
Historic Chabad Orthodox Jewish Wedding in Times Square Manhattan New York NYC Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, chuppah, bride, groom, tourists
Historic Chabad Orthodox Jewish Wedding in Times Square Manhattan New York NYC Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, bride, groom, chuppah, under the chuppah
Historic Chabad Orthodox Jewish Wedding in Times Square Manhattan New York NYC Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, groom, groomsmen
Historic Chabad Orthodox Jewish Wedding in Times Square Manhattan New York NYC Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, bride, groom
Historic Chabad Orthodox Jewish Wedding in Times Square Manhattan New York NYC Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, bride, groom
Historic Chabad Orthodox Jewish Wedding in Times Square Manhattan New York NYC Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, bride, groom
Historic Chabad Orthodox Jewish Wedding in Times Square Manhattan New York NYC Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, bride, groom

Yehuda and Timema's Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn New York

I can talk about photography, cameras, composition, ISO, aperture and all other technical and exciting parts of being a photographer, for hours.  At only age 15, it seemed Yehuda’s interest had been piqued.  So we chatted, and I ended up teaching him bits here and there.  It quickly became clear that he had an innate talent, and I was not so much teaching, as guiding what came naturally. We talked and went on photo walks, he assisted me and then started shooting for me.  Now he has his own photography business, and I can't help but feel proud and lucky to have been able to watch him grow into himself in the world of Jewish photography.

It came as an honor, 9 years later, when he asked me to photograph his wedding to Timema.  It is definitely a different experience to capture the wedding day of someone who has become a professional in his own right, but honestly, they made it easy. The looks they shared, the way they danced to ‘From the Ground Up’ by Dan and Shay, all of the family and friends gathered together in joy for them; these are all of the moments that I look for, thrive on, and absolutely love capturing.

Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Bride Prep, Makeup, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride and Groom hangers, Details, Rings, Gown, Suit
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride portrait, Veil, Makeup
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Groom portrait
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Groom Portraits, Nephews, Family
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Groom Portraits, Family, Groomsmen
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride and Groom Portraits, Golf Club
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride and Groom Portraits, Newlyweds
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride and Groom Portraits
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Mother of the Groom
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Badeken, Bdeken, Bride, Groom
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Details, Sign
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Baby, Chuppah
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Walking down the isle, nephews, neices, family
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Chuppah, Huppah
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Chuppah
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Newlyweds
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Evening Lights, Venue
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Dancing, Bride, Groom
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Dancing
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Dancing, Groom
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Dancing, Bride
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride and Groom, Dancing
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Family, Bride and Groom
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride and Groom, Dancing, Fire
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Neice
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Dancing, Manchester United
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Dancing, On chairs, Groom
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride and Groom, First Dance, Dancing
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride and Groom, Dancing, First dance
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, First Dance, Bride and Groom

The Wedding Team:

Venue: Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course
Photography: Chaim Schvarcz, David Zimand
Makeup: Yocheved Goldstein
Hair: Beebs Goldberg
Gown: Mario Gown Designs
Videography: Shulim Goldring
Music: Shmuli Modes