This was the first Bar Mitzvah shoot in 2009 and it was for good friends of mine. I really do enjoy photographing these special times for families, and it is even more fun when you know the family members so well. This shoot was bittersweet because it was the last Mitzvah in this close group of friends. All the kids are growing up too fast! This also gave me a chance to try out the new Canon 5D Mark II. The camera takes an amazing picture (21 Megapixels - wow!) and handles low light very well. I doubt that they want to enlarge these photos to the size of their house, but hey, they could if they wanted! :)
After the service, all the kids went to City Beach which is an indoor sports complex where they shot pool, played ping pong, shot hoops and played on the inflatable slide. I enjoyed photographing the kids in a different environment. Usually after a Bar Mitzvah, the families have a party with dinner and dancing, but this was a unique chance to catch the kids going wild. I'll bet they slept well that night!
I am so glad that I brought my 50mm 1.4 lens because it let me be more creative in my shots. I had a great time getting down low on the games and using the depth of field to my advantage.