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Pictures from a South Florida Bat Mitzvah

South Florida Bat Mitzvah :: Erica’s Ski Trip.

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Break out your snow skis!  It’s time for fun on the slopes at Erica’s South Florida Bat Mitzvah!

As a photographer from Connecticut, New Jersey and California I have to admit, I love being on the ski slopes.  I also love photographing South Florida Bat Mitzvahs.  What could be better than shooting a Ski theme Bat Mitzvah?  This lovely event took place at Temple Kol Tikvah in Parkland Florida.  

This South Florida Bat Mitzvah started off with Erica striking a pose at Temple Kol Tikvah in Parkland FL
The lovely Erica kicked off her South Florida Bat Mitzvah at Temple Kol Tikvah in Parkland, Florida.

Congregation Kol Tikvah is a beautiful temple located at 6750 N University Dr, Parkland, FL 33067 .  The front entrance of the temple sits on a beautiful large pond what is a great place for taking posed pictures.  The stonework in front of the building is also a great place for family photos.  In addition to the picturesque landscape outside the temple is also beautiful inside.  The temple sanctuary is also pretty.  Click this link to see another portrait taken inside the temple.  Bat Mitzvah Portrait taken at Temple Kol Tikvah   

More about Temple Kol Tikvah,  This is a reform congregation in Parkland Florida, which is in Broward County.   The temple and the temple’s ballroom is perfect for a wide range of events ranging from from mitzvahs, weddings and other special affairs.  The building has a high end luxury feel with a modern feel.  The large ballroom is not only elegant but is also large enough to accommodate over 400 guests.

Erica's Bat Mitzvah decor included this very creative ski lodge.
Guests who attended Erika’s snow ski party were invited to relax and cozy up next to the fire. (Well the fire was fake, but it sure looked good.

Erica’s Bat Mitzvah party took place at Parkland Country which is right down the road from the temple.  It’s the perfect choice of locations. Guests can leave the Bat Mitzvah service and drive down the road to the country club.  The country club is also a beautiful location that features some beautiful fountains with water flowing from one part to the next.   You can visit Parkland Country Club’s website here:  Check out the beautiful Parkland Country Club

Parkland Country Club Bat Mitzvah Photography
Check out this lovely ski lodge sitting area. The event planner and decor company did a great job of transforming Parkland Country Club’s ballroom into a ski resort lounge.

BELOW: These pictures of Erica were taken at the front entrance of the Parkland Country Club’s main lobby.  Check out the fountain in the background.  This venue is filled with gorgeous places that are perfect for taking pictures.   As a Mitzvah photographer in South Florida I’m skilled at making people feel comfortable posing for the camera.  I’m also skilled at finding great flattering light and posing people in a way that looks good and keeps my subjects feeling confident and looking good.

Posing for Bat Mitzvah Pictures becomes easy if you are given the right direction.
With a little posing instruction our Mitzvah girl looked like a fashion model in her pictures from her South Florida Bat Mitzvah

If you are planning a Bat or Bar Mitzvah in South Florida here are a few tips to consider when hiring a photographer.  Today with digital photography it’s very easy for anyone with a camera to make a great portfolio of nice pictures.  As someone who is hiring a photographer your job is to make sure that the photographer you hire has the skills to take great pictures on command.   Even if you’re mostly interested non – posed photo-journalistic style photos your photographer needs to have the skills to pose and create good pretty lighting.   One of the best ways to make sure you are hiring the right photographer is to do a test shoot.  Often clients will ask me to do a Mitzvah pre shoot of the Bat or Bar mitzvah child.  These shoots consist of some nice casual photos and some photos that are based on the parties theme.  By doing a pre Mitzvah day shoot you will get pictures that can be used for party decor.   

Decor pictures from a South Florida Bat Mitzvah
These decor pictures from a South Florida Bat Mitzvah were taken at Parkland Country Club.

Working as a South Florida Bat Mitzvah photographer I’m required to shoot a wide range of photography types.  Before the service I’m shooting nice posed family portraits and of course posed pictures of the Bat Mitzvah girl.  Depending on the temple I may or may not be allowed to photograph the service (or Ceremony). If I am allowed to cover the service I’m expected to photograph with no flash and from the back of the synagogue.  This means no flash and with a very long telephoto lens.  The lens needed is required to be fast. A fast lens is a lens that has a wide F-Stop which lets in the most light.  Once the service is over I will take lots of pictures during the cocktail hour.  This is when the adults get to mingle and the kids get to play games and enjoy the cocktail food.   During the party I cover everything including the decor, the candle lighting, the HaMotzi and speeches, the horah and the entire party.  

Pictures from a South Florida Bat Mitzvah

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