max’s bar mitzvah

Every Bar Mitzvah I photograph is special, but this one was especially special! Max has autism and I think a lot of people thought this day would never come. His parents, family, friends and teachers were absolutely BEAMING with pride the whole day. I wasn’t allowed to take pictures during the service, but I heard that Max did a wonderful job and busted out that Sh’ma like no one’s business. He was able to stay on the bimah (like the altar) the whole time -which I’ve learned is a big success in itself, answered the rabbi’s questions and participated in the service. The service was made specifically for Max (which I thought was so amazing of the temple & rabbi to do for him and his family!). So get a big cup of coffee, cause there are a ton of photos below of Max’s extra special day.

Happy and decompressing after the service. Max is constantly moving and really didn’t particularly want his picture taken so I was “ninja photographer” most of the day. One proud mama and rabbi.He’s a pretty funny kid!The reception was held at Carltun on the Park. Buckets by Jeannine’s Boutique. Everything looked fantastic!Super duper proud mom & dad!!!Max’s teachers. Super toast by dad! And I found out from his speech that if you ask Max what religion he is, his answer is “a Jewish Jew”. According to dad, that’s the best kind there is!His cousins and wing-men for the day. They were never really apart. So sweet!Never thought the day would come!So emotional!Mom put together a video montage that was shown at the reception. Not a dry eye in the house. Max’s babysitter/second mom.Hope your day was wonderful for you Max! You worked so hard and did so well the whole day. 

FEUZA - June 20, 2013 - 10:27 am

beautifully captured and I now I need a tissue

TRICIA - June 20, 2013 - 10:39 am

What an amazing day! Mazel Tov to them!

KRISTEN - June 20, 2013 - 10:41 am

What a beautiful bar mitzvah! Congratulations to Max and his family. An amazing accomplishment by an obviously special and very loved young man. P.S. Loved Mom’s outfit! Gorgeous.

ALAN - June 20, 2013 - 11:10 am

Beautiful images, Beth! It looks like it was a fun day and everyone had a ball.

JENN - June 20, 2013 - 11:17 am

What a beautiful family and such a wonderful celebration! Great images Beth.

SHIRA - June 20, 2013 - 11:21 am

Looks like a beautiful party filled with tons of love!! Gorgeous as always Beth!!

MELISSA - June 20, 2013 - 12:02 pm

Absolutely amazing! Great photos! You really captured the emotion of the day. Congrats Max!

CATHI DUNNE - June 20, 2013 - 9:42 pm

beautiful!!! i wish i could hear the speech you made. i was teary and didn’t hear anything. every detail was perfect. stunning! god bless! these kids tap into every emotion – good and bad. how we survive-i don’t know. you all look so proud!

MAGGIE PINQUE - June 21, 2013 - 7:54 am

I may not have physically been there, but boy I was there in spirit. The pictures capture the moments so gorgeously. They are eloquent without words. Congratulations to all and most especially to Max for rocking it. xo

MARY JO ORR - July 3, 2013 - 7:38 am

OMG…absolutely amazing! These photos capture all of the emotions that were, obviously, rampant that very special day…. love, joy, pride, awe… Felt like I was there! And I, too, was there in spirit! Mazel tov to you all! The venue was absolutely beautiful, as was the mother of Max! Rock on, Randi!! xo

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