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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Mazel Tov J.!

As a professional photographer, I work in very different environments and very different industries. Sometimes I have an idea about the place I would be shooting, sometimes I have none. Most of the time I have some time to assess the location and plan accordingly, sometimes it's all improvised.

I don't particularly dislike any of them, but some of them can be more challenging than others.

I find most of the events challenging... They are challenging, not because they are difficult, but because you have to get really creative to use your creativity!

I would like to share a few pictures from a Bar Mitzvah I shot a couple of weeks ago. I was happy to be among a very happy and a very energetic and obviously incredibly young crowd. The organizers of the party were also entertainers, DJs, dancers, MCs etc. and it turned out to be a fun night.

I took tons of photos of this little guy...

One thing I learned the hard way about the private parties is the fact that most of the time, the client doesn't really care about your art or your creativity. They want the entire event to be documented professionally. This create a dilemma within me as I am a professional photographer with an artist side. In certain situations, I have to turn down the artist side (it is impossible to turn it off) and bump up the professional, resulting in quality pictures as far as light and composition is concerned, but not particularly creative.

Despite all that I said above, I sometimes turn the flash off and start playing with the settings and try to capture the very essence of the evening. After all, I am there to document the event as it is happening by accentuating the positivity in the air!

Towards the end of the night a little, light rain started. It wasn't heavy, but it was consistent. I had to document that as well!

Mazel Tov J! And congratulations Levin family!


  1. I have to say you documented this event very well.... beautiful work as always.