Zachary’s Bar Mitzvah was on May 2. The Ceremony was at The Temple in Beachwood. The party was at Jillian’s.
Before I get into the Bar Mitzvah, I must say a few words about Jillian’s. This was the first time I shot an event there, and I have to say that it is an awesome spot for a party. There’s tons of room and you simply can’t run out of things to do. The kids played pool, pingpong, Rock Band and danced. Some were even riding small bikes around. Towards the end of the evening, most kids were just chilling out on the big leather couches. The staff was great and very professional. I highly recommend Jillian’s for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and other events.
Now, about the party –
Zachary is a lot of fun. He was zipping around on a little bicycle most of the night, but found time to participate in pretty much everything and visit with everyone. He did some funny poses too, which I really appreciated. I had a lot of fun working with him and his family.
His theme was cars. There were Hummer balloons hanging from the ceiling and models of all the toughest muscle cars and modern speed machines. He even had a huge glowing custome licence plate with his initials hanging above a main doorway.
The Beach Boyz provided the music and entertainment. This was my first time working with them, but I’m sure it won’t be my last. They did an awesome job. They had a great balance of music and games. They also helped me coordinate the group shots, which was nice. The microphone was very useful.
This was my last Bar/Bat Mitzvah before wedding season. I’ve met a lot of very nice families and I was always impressed with how well-behaved and polite the kids were. Zachary is a perfect example of this. At one point, I informed Zachary that I wanted to set up a shot of him on the bike below his custom licence plate. I told him after that shot I would leave him alone for the rest of the night. He replied that if any time throughout the night I want to take a photo of him, to let him know, and he would do it. That is very polite and impressive.
Here is the photo we set up.
Here’s some more.
3, 2, 1, TEXT!
3, 2, 1, POP!