About a month ago I had the pleasure of photographing this wonderful family at their oldest daughter’s bat mitzvah celebration at Temple Micah and the Soiled Dove Underground in the Lowry Neighborhood of Denver. At Temple Micah, I was able to get some formal portraits for them with the torah as well as all of their extended family who came out to Denver to help Maya celebrate her bat mitzvah. We formed a literal line of family and managed to get a bunch of different groupings for them in the pretty garden courtyard in the center of the synagogue. We even got an impromptu photo of the entire family with a whopping 38 people in it which I have to say I’m quite proud of being able to get for them! The party portion of the bat mitzvah was held later that evening at the Soiled Dove Underground which is a cool music venue on the east side of Denver in Lowry. It has a really cool dark interior with 3 different floor levels making it easy to see the stage from anywhere in the room. We timed it so that I arrived as dinner was finishing up so that I could catch the birthday candle ceremony where Maya invited various special family and friends to come up on stage to help her light all 13 of her birthday candles. And of course I stayed to catch the mitzvah games organized by their DJ and the dance floor shenanigans afterward. My favorite part of a Jewish celebration is when we get to do the horah chair dance and we got lots of fun photos of that at Maya’s bat mitzvah for sure. But I also have to say I love a good singalong too and enjoyed the photos I was able to get when the entire party stood in one huge circle on the dance floor and belted out Don’t Stop Believin’ As you’ll be able to tell from the photos, it was an excellent party!
Mazel tov, Maya!