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26 Jul 2013

Guest blog: Capturing your Bar Mitzvah on film 0  

Posted in Guest blog, Parties and Events

Your child’s Bar Mitzvah is a very special occasion, one that your whole family will have been looking forward to and planning since their birth. You will want to enjoy and capture every moment, so choosing the right photographer is essential to ensuring that you are rewarded with beautiful photographs of this most important celebration in the Jewish cycle of life which you can cherish forever.

– Choosing your photographer

Good research and early planning are the key ingredients to making sure you’ve found the right person for the job. Ideally, you’ll choose a Bar Mitzvah photographer with specialist knowledge and experience in this area. You may be lucky enough to get some recommendations from friends and family, or else you can do some online research. Once you’ve narrowed down your options to a shortlist, look at their websites to see samples from their portfolio and check out testimonials from previous customers to give you a good idea of the standard of their work. Once you’ve found someone whose style and reputation matches your requirements, it’s best to confirm your booking as early as possible to avoid disappointment as the best photographers are in demand and may be booked up for many months ahead.

– Getting top quality shots on the day

A good Bar Mitzvah photographer can give you invaluable advice on the key moments you should be looking to capture throughout the ceremony and afterwards, so make the most of their experience to agree a list of essential shots. This will help to ensure that everything goes smoothly on the day and that the photography will not intrude on the solemn proceedings.

If you’re planning a gathering at another location after the ceremony, be sure to arrange for your photographer have prior access to the venue. This will give them the opportunity to identify the best architectural or decorative features which they can incorporate in the photographs to capture the splendour of the surroundings, as well as enabling them to plan any lighting they may need to set up in order to minimise disruption on the day.

Check out The May Fair’s Crystal Room on video – a popular party venue choice for Bar Mitzvahs

– Beware the potential pitfalls

If you’ve done your research well and got to know your photographer, then hopefully there’s no reason why you should be disappointed in the quality of their shots. However, nasty surprises can sometimes be hidden in the final bill if you don’t check exactly what you’ll be getting in return for the photographer’s fee. Make sure you fully understand how many photographs or how much of the photographer’s time you’re going to get, and iron out details such as the size of your prints, how they will be presented to you and how much any reprints you need are going to cost. Finally, it is wise to ensure that your photographer is covered by professional indemnity insurance so that you are protected in the unlikely event of loss or damage to photographic equipment or film.

– Mazel tov!

Following all your meticulous planning you should be able to relax and simply enjoy this most important rite of passage in your child’s life in the knowledge that you’ll have a beautiful collection of photographs to document this momentous and proud day.

This post was bought to you by Yakir Zur Photography


Organising your child’s bar or bat mitzvah? Check out our special bar and bat mitzvah packages and the Kosher specialist caterers we work with.


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