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Beth Baynum

10 Tips for Hiring the Perfect Mitzvah Photographer

April 17th, 2014 by | Share Blog

009-mitzvah portraitsHiring a Bar/Bat Mitzvah photographer is different from hiring a wedding photographer. These images aren’t just a portrayal of something that you have dreamed about your whole life, but more so a representation of your family as it is today.   Still, you want that representation to bring out the personality of each family member, to preserve this special moment in your family’s life.  You want to feel proud when you look at these images in 30 years! Here are 10 tips to help you focus your thoughts and create your game plan when you’re ready to hire a Mitzvah shooter.

 

1)  Be sure the photographer loves children!  This is one of the most important distinctions for your Mitzvah photographer. Don’t hire a wedding photographer who is available for your date, because there are many unique elements to shooting a Mitzvah that a wedding photographer may not be aware of.  There are a lot of kids at these events and you don’t want someone who captures the happenings from afar, but rather embraces the whole tradition.  We have specific photographers that specialize in Mitzvahs because they do amazing family pictures and amazing candid photos — that’s what you want.

2)  Know what factors affect a photographers rate.  There are a lot of options out there and lots of different price points: what’s the difference?  It’s about supply and demand. If a photographer is very popular and gets booked a 0038lot on social events, they probably are at a higher price point because there are only 52 Saturdays a year.  Only you can decide how important the photographer’s popularity is to you, but remember:  The more experience a photographer has, the higher the rate is likely to be.    (more…)

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Elizabeth Beskin

5th Avenue Digital Welcomes Photographer David Ducane

May 1st, 2013 by | Share Blog

5th Avenue DigitalDavid Ducane smiles when he thinks about how his passion for people and adventure turned into a career in photography.  Growing up in southern California, his many family camping trips spawned his initial love for adventure.  At 14 his family relocated to New Jersey where he met his great friend Jon who introduced him to photography.  From the moment he picked up the camera he knew he loved taking pictures.  “I love light, and locations with minimal settings or many lines and shapes” David reflects.  “Every event, every session is a new opportunity for me to push myself, to create images that impact the viewer but are still classic and timeless.”  David is equally fabulous as a wedding photographer as he is shooting bar mitzvahs. David shares more of his thougths with us.

What was the first event you photographed when you knew for sure: ‘This is what I want to do’?

The “This is what I want to do” moment for me was when I was traveling in Nepal 5 years ago. I got to meet many amazing people and take tons of photos while hiking in the mountains. One day it just hit me that I didn’t ever want to stop taking photos.

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What job or person gave you your first “big break”?

My big break moment came when the salon where my sister works – Arrojo in Soho – asked me to photograph 25 fashion bloggers who came to get makeovers.   After that job I was asked by a big fashion designer to do her e-commerce and the ball has continued to roll.

How would you describe your signature style in five words?

The five words to describe my style are:  quite, moments, fun, classic, dynamic.

Who or what inspires you the most?

The person I work with, the location and the type of lighting I have to use inspire me in a new way at every shoot I’m part of. (more…)

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Elizabeth Beskin

Best of 2012: Bar Mitzvah Portraits

April 3rd, 2013 by | Share Blog

Here are some of our favorite shots from the Bar Mitzvah portraits of 2012. We look forward to sharing other categories over the next few weeks.

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Elizabeth Beskin

A Hard Rock Bat Mitzvah

October 11th, 2011 by | Share Blog

5th avenue digital bar mitzvah photographyThe Hard Rock Café is slowly becoming my favorite Bar Mitzvah venue.  It reminds me of the Dezerland venue of years ago.  It’s all about pure rock and roll – and what 13 year-old doesn’t want to party among rock stars?  It even provides a shot of nostalgia for the adults.

We’ve photographed Bar Mitzvahs at The Hard Rock Café a number of times, and at every occasion the venue offers a completely new experience for both the kids and parents alike.  This time, the venue was decorated by the talented folks at Shine Events.  Matt and his team not only planned the entertainment, they put their special flavor on the entire party.

One of the best things about hosting a Bar Mitzvah at The Hard Rock is the fabulous photo opportunities available in Times Square.   Check out Chloe and friends (below), at a Bat Mitzvah we photographed last weekend, with the Times Square backdrop.  The location, the décor and the entertainment all came together to create a cohesive whole, and a Bat Mitzvah Chloe will always remember.

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What I love about photographing families during their children’s Bat Mitzvahs is the look of pure joy on everyone’s faces as the party kicks into gear.  It’s priceless – and great material for the photographer.  Capturing these heightened moments is what great Bar Mitzvah photography is all about!

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