Monday, June 1, 2009

Three more Bar/Bat Mitzvahs

I just finished shooting my third Mitzvah in the last two weekends. The last one, like the others, makes for a really long day of photography. I think I shot close to 2000 images throughout the 10 hour day. Even though it is a really long and exhausting day, I feel lucky to capture these important family moments. Not only am I there as the recorder of the day, but I feel as if I am included in the celebration. Numerous people commented that I am not like other photographers, since I immerse myself in the event. But, after thinking about this for a while, I think that this is what separates me from so many other photographers. I don't look at these events as another day of work, I see the day as critical moment in these people's lives, which I get to experience with them. Am I happy to get paid for this? Sure, but it is so much more than that.

I love photographing the kids, especially when they see their pictures and understand what we can do together. This is my chance to show off my art.

Talia and I went over to these mirrors, at the Cypress Hotel in Cupertino, and had some fun capturing some pictures. Showing her the LCD on the back of the camera and seeing the giant smile on her face, that is what I love! There is no way to express the feeling of that moment. I guess the job of a photographer is to make people look their best, and I look forward to that challenge every time I am photographing them.

I usually do not have time to sit back and think about my photography, but sitting on this long flight (to the East Coast once again) gives me a chance to do so. People always talk about my passion for hockey, for work, for my family, for my photography... I think that passion is what drives me in everything I do!

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