Mazel Tov to Sofia and her family! I've been holding pretty tightly to these images since her big day in late March for sort of a big reason:
Something that has never ever in over 8 years of business happened while I took these images. As I looked through my viewfinder, it was almost as if I was looking into the future. I saw Sofia standing there with her kippah and tallis before me and suddenly, she was 16, 18, 20 years old. The same closed-mouth smile that just is so charming, but an older version of herself. I saw her sister Juliana grow up, have her own bat mitvah, high school portraits... and yet, Marissa and Jeff didn't age ;)
Because of this moment, I've been reflecting back on past client experiences, looking ahead to future ones and really soaking up the present. These moments are so fleeting and it is truly such an honor to be chosen to capture them for my clients-turned-friends. To be asked back to photograph younger siblings' big days, to be called up when the time comes for senior portraits -- these are the moments I live for with this business. With every job "booked" and event photographed, I feel more and more grateful for all of you and the trust you have in me.
But back to Sofia - this lady is mature, classic, poised and has that sense of humor that feels so effortless. Plus the sweet factor is through the roof :) It was an honor to work with the Seewald/ Onheiber clans - especially meeting Sofia's grandpa who almost didn't make it to the special celebration. Wait until the party photos - this guy can cut a rug! (ps. Do people still say that?!)
I hope you've enjoyed your post-bat mitzvah bliss, lovely Sofia! I can't wait to share her party photos later this week... and did you know? This one will be making her stage debut as Tinkerbell later this month! I am counting down the days, S! HUGS!