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Jaden’s Bat Mitzvah

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Jaden‘s Bat Mitzvah was last month and it was a beautiful celebration of faith and family.
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The service was held at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, where Jaden‘s friends and family members gathered to hear her chant from the Torah.
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The day was years in the making, including class after class in religious and Hebrew study.
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It truly was a family MITZVAH!
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The celebration continued later that evening with a party at The Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center
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Shannon Bushey and the folks at DIGITAL DJ rocked the house- complete with their super fun photo booth and DJ KermiTT spinning awesome tunes.
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Jaden had a ball and everyone followed her lead:
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Including Dad…
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And, of course, all of Jaden‘s friends!
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Heres a fun slideshow recapping Jaden‘s Big Day, with some great musical accompaniment! (in FLASH, so not available to view on an iPhone!)


If you’d like to see all of Jaden‘s Bat Mitzvah pictures, CLICK HERE (but first you’ll need to get the password from the family). MAZEL TOV, Jaden!!!
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PS: Kudos to the great vendors:
DJ Josh Kerman KermiTT, MC Shannon Bushey, Videographer Bill Kett and Photo Booth operator Michelle Teston Bushey
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Finally, a big shout out to the folks at POCKETWIZARD! When I need to light up a dance floor and have multiple studio lights working, POCKETWIZARD is the radio remote I completely trust to do the job! The new plus IV lets me go back and forth seamlessly between my on-camera flash and my larger White Lightening and Alien Bees studio lights, turning on and off each light independently so that I always have the look that I need. It makes for a NO STRESS night-allowing me to make beautifully lit pictures throughout the celebration. POCKETWIZARD,I am your Number One FAN!
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Emma L’s Bat Mitzvah

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Emma is the third Lieberman B’nai Mitzvah I have photographed over the past decade and I cannot get over how beautiful and bright and talented she has become. I was practically in tears as she chanted her Torah portion on the day of her portrait session. I mean, Emma was just a peanut when I first met her at her brother Andrew’s Bar Mitzvah and now, before me, stood this lovely 13-year-old girl who appeared ready to take on the world!

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Of course, she is still the “baby sister” to her big brothers and I loved watching the three kids–and her parents– all goof around and laugh together. Mitch and Bethany definitely both know how to play and have fun, and the “apples”, as they say, don’t fall far from the tree!

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Check out the socks on the guys…

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The evening reception was held at the Barn at Lang Farm in Essex and catered by the A-MA-ZING Cloud 9 Caterers. The decor was gorgeous, the food was mouth watering.

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I loved all of the little details, and especially the desert table, which included cake pops and mini cupcakes, cotton candy, single serving bottles of milk (with straws!) and a never-ending supply of color coordinated and specially monogrammed m&m’s. YUM!

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And what’s a party without a photo booth? So, Green Mountain PhotoBooth was set up to capture the fun! The props, I should add, were supplied by Bethany and it was the best variety of novelty props I’ve ever seen!

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There were many special moments throughout the night, but certainly one of the highlights was the dancing of the HORA and lifting the Bat Mitzvah up in a chair while family and friends cheered her on.

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DJ Mike from Supersounds kept the party fun and festive all night with great music, limbo and favorite games like “Coke-Pepsi” and Musical Chairs…

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GANGNAM STYLE

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GO, EMMA!

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Below is a slideshow of 100 images that recaps Emma’s Bat Mitzvah day, with a fun musical mashup of Cat Stevens and Avril Lavigne to accompany the pictures. The show is in FLASH, so if you’re reading this blog post on an iPad or iPhone, you’ll need to switch over to a laptop to view the slideshow (sorry, but blame Steve Jobs and APPLE!)

If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Emma’s awesome celebration, just follow this LINK (and get the password from the family).

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Iris’ Bat Mitzvah

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Iris celebrated her Bat Mitzvah two weeks ago at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, helping to lead the morning Shabbat service and beautifully chanting her haftarah. Her family and friends supported her on this day, by first attending the service and then, later, celebrating with her at a dinner reception held at the Sheraton in South Burlington.

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Bat Mitzvah photography, Burlington, VTIris looked poised and beautiful, regardless of the purple cast that accessorized her outfit because of a broken leg. At least the color went nicely with Iris’ Tallit (prayer shawl), which belonged to her late mother, Laura Mann. Laura was warm and generous and loving and also the first nurse midwife in Vermont to assist in home birth deliveries. She was an extraordinary woman who’s life was cut way too short, in 2009, from Breast cancer. And as I photographed Iris on this day celebrating her glorious right of passage into Jewish adulthood, I smiled at the thought of how proud Laura would be of her lovely daughter.

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The Saturday night party was a time for love and laughter, music and dancing. And while Iris had some difficulty maneuvering on the dance floor, she had no trouble being raised in a chair during the traditional Hora!

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Whats a party without a cake! After the candle lighting ceremony, Iris’ friends (above) helped her blow out the candles.

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I hope you enjoy this slideshow recapping Iris‘ celebration, to the song “DREAMS” by the Cranberries. (note: the slideshow is made in FLASH, so you cant see it on your IPHONE or IPAD. Please send all complaints to APPLE CUSTOMER SERVICE.)


If you’d like to see all of the pictures in Iris’ photo gallery, please click HERE (You’ll need to get the password from Iris or her family to enter).

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Mazel Tov, Iris. I hope you always look back at this day with pride and joy. Your family and friends surely will.

Zaq’s Bar Mitzvah

Zaq became a Bar Mitzvah on the morning of December 8th and then, later that evening, he celebrated both his coming of age in the Jewish Religion AND the first night of Hanukkah with a party at The Round Barn at Sleepy Hollow.

Zaq’s Hanukkah-themed party commemorated both joyous occasions with music, laughter and fun. From Latkes, dreidel and lighting the Menorah to dancing, sparklers and roasting marshmallows over a fire pit, there was something for everyone.

It was an amazing day for Zaq and his family and there are so many fun pictures that I’ll just let the images tell the story… Enjoy the slideshow-with some rockin’ music from Journey and Red Hot Chili Peppers (NOTE: THIS SLIDESHOW IS CREATED IN FLASH so it cannot be viewed on an iPad or iPhone. RUN as quick as you can and find a computer or laptop!!):


If you want to see all of the picture from Zaq’s celebratory day, please click HERE (but make sure you get the secret password from the family!)

David and Maddie’s B’nai Mitzvah

So, what’s double the fun of shooting a Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Naturally, it is photographing both a brother and sister becoming B’nai Mitzvah together!

David and Maddie, both hovering around their 13th birthdays, chose to celebrate together their coming into Jewish adulthood. The family did so on a recent Saturday evening at The Essex Resort and Spa, holding a joint B’nai Mitzvah service followed by a fun-filled reception. It was a heart-felt service, relaxed and unorthodox. Both David and Maddie recited their Torah and half Torah portions, along with additional prayers and song.

Afterwards, it was time to party and all the guests- kids and adults- enjoyed cocktails and dinner in the atrium, and one of the most enthusiastic Horas I’ve seen to date!

The kids ate quickly and then left the adults for their own DJ and disco lit dance party in the Ballroom. The grownups, meanwhile, stayed in the Atrium for some contra dancing along with caller Lausanne Allen and a great country band, including banjo player Rick Ceballos, and guitarist Matthew Witten.

Everyone had a ball and it was a festive night for all the guests. Here’s a fun recap of the day’s events, shot with the help of my mega talented 2nd photographer Jennifer Kiewit:

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If you’d like to see all the photos from David and Maddie’s celebration, click HERE (but you’ll need to ask the family for the password).

Rachel’s Bat Mitzvah

Rachel celebrated becoming a Bat Mitzvah on March 17 at Temple Sinai in South Burlington. It was a beautiful service, after which her family hosted a delicious luncheon catered by Susanna Keefer. Later that evening, a dinner and dancing reception was held at the Burlington Hilton , with Top Hat Entertainment helping to make the party memorable.

All eyes were on Rachel when she showed off her amazing talent as a dancer during the evening.

The Bat Mitzvah girl got a little help from her family at the end of the candle lighting ceremony.

There was so much love and emotion flowing throughout the day’s celebration. If you’d like to see a recap of Rachel’s extraordinary day, watch this slide show!


If you’d like to see all the photos from Rachel’s celebration, please follow this link (but you’ll need to get the password from the family!) RACHEL’S PHOTO GALLERY

Mira’s Bat Mitzvah

Mira celebrated becoming a Bat Mitzvah on March 10 at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington. Family and friends gathered at the Saturday morning service and Mira read the Torah portion she has studied most of the year. Since photography is not allowed at the Temple on Shabbat, I met the family on Friday to photograph Mira looking proud and lovely up on Bema, followed by family portraits.

This was actually a tag team approach to documenting this celebration. Since I was already booked to shoot another event Saturday night. my uber talented second shooter, Jennifer Kiewit, took over to photograph the Saturday evening party at the Burlington Hilton. Mira’s friends and family gathered for a beautiful Havdallah service and then the dancing and merriment which followed.

I hope you enjoy this slideshow, recapping Mira’s glorious celebration with her family (to the GLEE cast rendition of “Time of My Life”)

If you’d like to see all of the photo from Mira’s Celebration, you’ll need to get the password from the family, and then follow this link: MIRA’S PHOTO GALLERY

Liz’s Bat Mitzvah

Traditionally, in the Jewish religion, A 13-yr-old child becomes a Bar/bat Mitzvah with a service and celebration in Temple. It is a right of passage which brings joy to countless families around the world. For my (unrelated) cousin Elizabeth, she chose to embark on this spiritual journey as a 22-yr-old college senior. She began studying for her Bat Mitzvah after taking a 10-day trip to Israel last summer to explore her roots with a program called “Birthright“. She began to learn Hebrew and study the cultural and religious ins and out of her Jewish heritage. Saturday’s celebration was the culmination of a big year for Liz, but also the start of her new life as a Jewish woman.

I have to back up just a bit. I grew up with Elizabeth’s dad Rick as my “fake” cousin–our mothers were best friends and our families lived very close to each other. Rick’s mother, Dinny, was like my second mom and I loved her dearly. She died of cancer when Rick was in his early 20’s, newly married and Elizabeth was just a baby. I can’t imagine that Liz remembers much of Dinny, but she looks just like her and we have always felt Dinny’s spirit in Liz.

Well, Dinny’s spirit was definitely present Saturday in that little chapel at the Northeastern University Hillel, along with the spirit of Rick’s father Walter, who died not long after his mom. Liz was surrounded by friends and family, including her three siblings, parents, step-mother, aunts, cousins, and loving “fake” cousins (me and my sister). It was a joyous day, and though tears were shed for those who were not still of this world, their presence and their love was most certainly felt by all.

Please watch this slideshow to the beautiful Hebrew song, Od Yavo Shalom Aleneinu (Peace Will Come To Us), which Liz chose to include in her service.

Liz and her siblings:

Sabrina’s Bat Mitzvah

I love photographing Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations! It just makes me feel happy to see a 13-year-old kid work so hard to achieve something so important and then celebrate that achievement with family and friends. So, two weeks ago I had the priviledge of photographing Sabrina’s Bat Mitzvah celebration at Temple Sinai in South Burlington and then the party later that night at Main Street Landing.

Sabrina, who I first met when she was a baby, was poised and beautiful and confident. She thoroughly enjoyed reaching this milestone and sharing it with her friends and famly. The luncheon after the service and the party that night were both catered by Lauren, The Nomadic Chef and Supersounds supplied the music and games. And, as a special bonus for Sabrina, her dad’s band, Lokum, entertained as well, with some great Near East music.

I hope it’s a night Sabrina remembers all her life.


If you’d like to see all of the photos from Sabrina’s big day, click here (but you’ll need the secret password from the family to view the full photo gallery)