It was September when I got the phone call from a mom deep in the thick of bar mitzvah prep. Her photographer had just cancelled on her, and her son’s bar mitzvah was coming up in just a few weeks. She’d gotten my name from a local facebook group in Lexington, and was there any chance I could squeeze them in. The date of their event was October 6th, a prime photography weekend here in foliage-ful New England. I already had two other clients on the calendar for that day — a session with a local non-profit that works with bereaved children, and a family session which was going to be at the other end of the metropolitan area. I so very, very much wanted to help this mom out, though. I know how much work it is to plan a bar or bat mitzvah, and I wanted to ease her burden if I could.
As luck would have it, the timing worked out perfectly. I was able to head over to the synagogue (Temple Isaiah in Lexington) in the morning, go to the non-profit in the afternoon, and then head out to South Boston for the family session before heading back to Burlington for the party at Tuscan Kitchen. And I am SO glad it did — Neo and his whole family were a total delight to work with, as were the clergy at Temple Isaiah. It was so much fun to get to capture the joy as they celebrated this major milestone for Neo, and to see his own sense of accomplishment.