I was recently hired to shoot a bar mitzvah. At first I was terrified… endless hours of photography where I’m forced to use my worst nightmare: on camera flash. All creative elements are going to be stripped from me… I’m going to be stuck taking mediocre photographs with bad lighting of lots of kids doing the cha-cha-slide.
But then I realized that this wasn’t going to be all bad. It took me a moment to get over my initial fears, but then I was able to embrace the challenge and opportunity to capture a once in a lifetime event. Yesterday, I met the 13 year old water polo enthusiast and his parents at the beach to do his portraits for the temple newsletter and signboard. I was put back in my element: portraiture. After patiently posing on his own, his parents jumped in for a little last minute embarrassment.
As comfortable as I am and as much as I love doing portraiture, I now can’t wait to shoot his bar mitzvah ceremony and party.