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Summer Bar Mitzvah in Lakewood at BNai Chaim Synagogue

July 7, 2022

Summer Bar Mitzvah in Lakewood Colorado

I love photographing bar mitzvahs and this year I get to photograph a handful of them which I’m really excited about. The first one of the summer season was for this nice young man named Levi. We got lucky that morning with some nice cloud coverage making their outdoor portraits look so much nicer than they normally would at that time of day.  After getting some pictures with their family outside, we moved indoors to get some photos with the Torah before the service began. It was a really great service. Levi had some of the longest passages to read in Hebrew that I’ve personally seen and he did an outstanding job. Everyone there was so proud of him. I really love to see young people work so hard on something and enjoy their accomplishment. I picked out some of my personal favorites from his day to share below.
Enjoy!

Bar mitzvah boy poses in front of some greenery in his gray suit wearing a bright pink tie at B'Nai Chaim in Lakewood
A good looking family of four with two teenage sons on a bar mitzvah day in Lakewood CO
Parents of a bar mitzvah boy pose for their own portrait in front of the greenery at B'Nai Chaim in Lakewood CO
Brothers side hug at a bar mitzvah in Lakewood CO
Bar Mitzvah Boy wearing bright pink tie laughs with his parents on the day of his bar mitzvah
Photos collage of a young man on the day of his bar mitzvah in Lakewood CO
Family of four with two teenage sons poses with the torah at their son's bar mitzvah
Bar mitzvah boy reading from the Torah on the day of his bar mitzvah in Colorado
Family of 4 pose together while holding the Torah at B'nai Chaim in Lakewood CO
Bar Mitzvah boy holds torah for a posed photo prior to his service
Bar Mitzvah Boy with his rabbi at Temple B'Nai Chaim in Lakewood CO
Cantor sings at a Bar mitzvah in Lakewood Colorado
Bar Mitzvah boy carries the torah through the congregation on the day of his bar mitzvah in Lakewood CO
Parents speak to this son on the day of his bar mitzvah at the Temple
Parents of a bar mitzvah boy with their son as he leads his bar mitzvah service in Colorado
A son hugs his mom on the day of his bar mitzvah in Colorado
Bar mitzvah boy with his grandparents and brother reading from the Torah in Lakewood CO
Family stands with bar mitzvah boy as he reads from the Torah at his Synagogue in Lakewood Colorado
Parents stand with this son as he reads from the Torah on the day of his bar mitzvah in Colorado
Bar mitzvah service at B'Nai Chaim in Lakewood CO
Outdoor portrait of a bar mitzvah boy at Temple B'Nai Chaim in Lakewood Colorado

Are you looking for a photographer for your child’s bar mitzvah? Feel free to take a look at some of my other photos I’ve done for Mitzvah celebrations HERE and then get in touch to tell me more. I’d love to talk!  

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