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Ben’s Bar Mitzvah

In late April I received a phone call from a very friendly mom that spoke with a charming Southern twist. From just a few moments into our conversation I could tell that I really liked Lainnie and was looking forward to meeting with her regarding her son Ben’s Bar Mitzvah. One of the things that drew me towards Lainnie’s personality was her relaxed, casual and endearing character. One of the things she mentioned initially, was that her decision for choosing a photographer hinged on a “connection” just as much as the images themselves. Hearing this excited me, as this “connection” she mentioned is an essential ingredient in my creative process. After a pleasant conversation, we ended up setting an appointment to get together the next day at my studio… and the rest is history!

Photographing this Bar Mitzvah was a lot of fun. I started shooting at The Wilshire Boulevard Temple in the heart of Los Angeles, CA. This temple is awe-inspiring to say the least. The ornate features, details and history are a feast for the eyes. I’ve always really loved the Jewish culture. For me to have a front row seat and witness thousands of years of tradition is truly an honor. When I met the entire family on this cool Saturday morning in May, my first thoughts were, “Wow, this is a good-looking family!” From there it only got easier. Everybody was a pleasure to work with, from the family to the guests. After the Temple service and some family portraits, we regrouped at The Athenaeum, in Pasadena, CA for the party. I LOVE shooting at this venue for a host of reasons: Classic Pasadena flair, bold architecture and regal appointments to name a few.

From here it was all about having fun. The kids had an absolute blast! Of course the freedom to dance wildly, consume sugary drinks and full-access to their very own chocolate fountain helps quite a bit! The parents weren’t lacking any “grown-up” trappings either. All-in-all it was a wonderful day, and I’m happy to share a few images that I decided to display in B&W.

Danny Baker

 

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