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’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’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.