Ritual. Heart. Coming of age.
A year of preparation and there s/he is, standing on the bimah, reading Torah and Haftorah. Candy is thrown, tears are shed, special words between parents and children are spoken. There's pride and kvelling, limbo and sushi (well, a photographer can dream) and then family and friends dance the night away in celebration. With a photojournalist's eye, I'll capture the candid moments, emotions and priceless portraits of your family, generations joined together in love to witness your child coming of age within the Jewish community. I'll capture the unique spirit of your child and your family's story. And then I'll bring the best of all the images together in a custom designed book to be enjoyed for generations to come.
"A joy to work with".
As a photographer, Shana has the rare and magical ability to make everyone at a B'nai Miitzvah feel worthy of leaning in toward their own delicious moment in the light of celebration. With laser sharp attention and precision, Shana's camera is both omnipresent and invisible. She captures everything--the sweetness, the poignance, and the raucousness of a simcha--without leaving a finger print behind. She is a joy to work with, able to literally bring out the best in each of her shining subjects who will be forever preserved by her artful eye.
- Chaia, mother of a bat mitzvah.
"The perfect blend of heart and hustle"
“Shana brings the perfect blend of heart and hustle to everything she does. Her ideas are brilliant and she is a joy to work with. Her understanding of - and respect for - the rituals of Judaism is certainly a plus, as are the technical skills she honed through many years as a photojournalist. But above all, she connects with the kids, capturing their spirit and the true essence of their big day. And that's what it's all about.”
— Daniela, mother of a bat mitzvah.
"She reveals the most amazing spontaneous moments"
“Shana is knowledgeable, experienced, creative, and empathetic. She worked with us before our two children's Bnai Mitzvot to understand who we were and what we wanted to express and remember, and worked tirelessly at the events themselves. She not only composes incredibly beautiful family portraits but reveals the most amazing spontaneous moments. A Bar or Bat Mitzvah goes by so fast and it can sometimes feel like a blur when it's happening. Every time we look through her photographs though, we can re-live and savor the whole day. Shana captured perfectly the love and pride, joy and silliness of our celebrations!”
— Rachel, mother of a bar mitzvah