“I love photographing bar and batmitzvahs and feel honoured that families choose me to capture their simcha. But I love the onlookers’ expressions too, catching the atmosphere of the simcha.
As a function photographer, I aim to catch all those special moments and love taking quirky shots like this one, left.
A young girl giggling expresses what a fun time she’s having, being the centre of her family’s attention and feeling special. And the shot of Max, above, with his name lit up – I love this one because he is looking thoughtful before the party begins. It’s a special moment to cherish this time forever.”
“I am a photographer who has shot hundreds of weddings all over the world. Many have been Jewish weddings.
“I love shooting Jewish weddings… from the pace of the Israeli dancing to the emotional intimacy of the chuppah.
“Whether you are having an Orthodox, Reform ceremony or ‘Jew-ish’ wedding, I have experiences of all Jewish wedding traditions and am skilled at getting the pictures that count.”
“I love my job!” After all, what could be better than being invited to your simcha and being part of your special day, capturing such wonderful memories that will last forever? Every function I attend is different and it is that variety, even after nine years, that motivates and inspires me to produce stunning images that will live on, long after the food is eaten, the flowers wilted and the balloons deflated! My clients’ feedback is often along the lines of, ‘Wow, you recorded moments that I didn’t see’ and also ‘You were so unobtrusive, we forgot you were there!’”
“I love simcha photography because photographing people at the most important and happiest times in their lives is simply the best job in the world. I love to bring out people’s personalities in my photography and with my creativity deliver them an album that they and their family will cherish.”
“To be a successful function photographer, you need to get to know your clients so you can produce your best work for them. I spend quite some time chatting with them to find out their preferences, and include
a pre-wedding shoot for all weddings. I will always visit a venue beforehand if I have not been there before. I can then plan for shots in fine and inclement weather.
“On the day, you need to be skilled at taking photographs under time pressure. You also need to be able to anticipate what is going to happen next and liaise with other suppliers such as the band, toastmaster and caterer so you work as a team for your clients.
A day or two after the function, I post a selection of my photographs on Facebook for my clients and their guests to see while they are still in the party mood. When I deliver the finished pictures to my clients, it gives me immense pride and job satisfaction to see the happiness in their faces from the images I have produced for them.”
Come along to Jewish News presents Simchas Live on Sunday 22 October at the Village Hotel, Elstree, 11am to 4pm.
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