Her bat mitzvah is one of the most auspicious events of a young Jewish girl's life. It is always an honor to photograph this very special coming-of-age ceremony, and none more so than our dear friend Lurae's. Lurae came into our lives when she was just two. As the years passed, watching her lead the charge around the cul-de-sac, bouncing blonde curls flying, was always a joy to watch.
Lurae's mom (Randi) was a single mother who had fostered ten other children. When Lurae came into her life, it was love at first sight, and she formally adopted the child. What a wonderful life changing occurrence for both of them! In fact, Randi's experiences as a foster mom inspired her to found a nonprofit organization, Education for Successful Parenting (www.eduparents.org<http://www.eduparents.org/> ).
Look at Lurae now! A young woman, surrounded by love, dancing with joy!
Lurae's bat mitzvah ceremony took place at the Temple Shir Ha-Ma’alot in Irvine where she read the Torah and led part of the prayer service. Her grandparents came all the way from the east coast to witness the event, and many friends and family members attended - including Lurae's foster brothers and sisters - most of whom are grown now! How wonderful to see everyone together, celebrating this wonderful occasion.
After completion of the ceremony, it was time to hoist Lurae into a chair and take her into the reception room which was decorated as a jungle, wild animals and all (well, stuffed ones anyway)!
The food and decorating was provided by Solomon’s Bakery who kept that jungle theme going, including making a wild jungle cake!
The festivities were emceed by Chris Ledezma, a fantastic DJ from CD Players Entertainment. He came up with so many crazy and fun games, we secretly think he must be a kid himself! He even got the adults into the mood, playing games, joining the conga lines, and dancing along with the kids. Super entertainment by an amazing pro!
After the bat mitzvah, we invited mother and daughter to come to our studio to view a slideshow of their event set to music. They were both brought to tears and told us we had “...given [her] a gift [she] could never repay." In truth, it is our clients who give us the gift - the opportunity of being a part of their lives and sharing their special moments. That is exactly why we do what we do. And we love every minute of it.