There was a time, just a few weeks ago, when people could gather in groups of however many they wanted, and celebrate family milestones together. They could hug, shake hands and laugh together, closer than six feet, with not a care in the world. A person could cough and no one would think twice about it. It’s funny to think that for this moment in time, all of that has been taken away from us in this strange new reality we find ourselves in. But just just a few weeks ago, reality was very different. And during that time, I was very lucky to witness, and photograph, a beautiful family gathering in celebration of William and his Bar Mitzvah at the Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, PA.
This was the first time I had ever photographed a Bar Mitzvah and wasn’t sure what to expect. I hadn’t even been to one since the late 80’s. After William’s parents assured me that even though I didn’t have prior experience with Bar Mitzvah photography, they trusted me and my work and would be happy to have me do it, I was all in.
And I have to tell you, I loved it! It was so much fun, William is so easy-going and he did great. And I adore his family, who also happen to be neighbors of mine. I was honored they asked me, and also happy to be there to witness the event with them. I was so proud of him!
Since William and his family took a trip to Israel earlier in the year, they had a small luncheon immediately afterwards and then later, he celebrated at an indoor raceway with his friends. It was a beautiful late February day, perfect for spending time with family and friends. And while I look at these photos, it brings so much joy and hope for the days when we will all able to be with one another again. Until then, there is Zoom, and FaceTime, and all the other ways we can stay connected to the people we love through a screen, while keeping each other safe.
Stay healthy, friends.