So what made this day so different from many of the others? I had never photographed at this particular Temple, which I really like. I love shooting at new places, since it is more interesting for me and provides different looking images for my portfolio. It makes me think more and find good angles, lighting and backgrounds to create the best images.
The second thing that made this Mitzvah so different...well...I am getting ahead of myself here. Lets stick with the service first.
And below is another image, this one being a more poignant moment during the service, where Hallie rested her head on mom's shoulder. I was standing in the back of the synagogue and spotted this and quickly grabbed a couple of images which helps tell the story of the day. (Photographer's note: If you want to be a successful event photographer, it is really important that you are aware of everything that is going on around you. You can't just look straight ahead at your main subject and assume that nothing else matters. You need to be looking all around for images that help tell the story of the day. This is what separates amateur photographers from the pros!)
The other big difference in this Mitzvah was that the party was held at Sharks Ice at San Jose, which is the ice rink where I have spent a lot of time over the last 11 years, but never for work.
Stanley's, the rink bar and restaurant, and the real party began. :)
It was another really long day of shooting, but a great day to capture images for my friends. Oh, and in case you are wondering, Hallie was as cool and calm doing her Bat Mitzvah as she is on the ice.