It’s been a rough year for Tampa Bar Mitzvahs. In 2020 I had an entire year cancel. Just like that I was out of the Bar Mitzvah Photography business. Oh sure, I did a few small events and a couple at homes but it was nothing compared to what I usually do every year.
Thankfully, things are returning to normal. The phone started ringing early in 2021 and now I’m photographing Bar Mitzvahs and weddings every weekend again. It’s so nice to be back! If it hadn’t been for my corporate clients doing headshots I don’t know what I would have done!
Recently I was contacted by a photographer friend who told me that she was doing school portraits and had a boy who was posing like a star. She asked him where he learned to pose like that and he said, “My Bar Mitzvah photographer taught me!” She laughed because she knew what the next answer would be. “Who was that?” she asked, “Booray Perry!” he replied.
That really made me smile. I also knew without asking who that kid had to be. It had to be Jacob.
Jacob is at Congregation Kol Ami and from the minute he walked in for his temple portraits I knew that he was going to be a lot of fun. Some kids can be shy and you really have to coax them out but not Jacob. He was “ready for his close-up” and we had a ball. But the best was yet to come!
The theme for the party was “MCU.” For those of you not versed in the comic book world, that stands for “Marvel Cinematic Universe.” In other words, the super-heroes that you see in all the Marvel movies. In case you are wondering why it is called “MCU” it’s because the movie universe is a little different than the actual comic book universe. For example, the “Star-Lord” character in the comic books is not quite as clownish as the movies. Thor in the comic books is more mature as well. That’s right, I was a comic book kid. Still am, really.
The family did not disappoint. They showed up in full costume for the party at Carrollwood Country Club. Tony Stark, The Scarlet Witch, Loki and “little Loki” were ready to party! I love it when a Bar Mitzvah party does costumes, even if it’s just baseball shirts for a baseball theme or the like. It’s a nice break from the usual.
The food was great, the party was a blast. That’s the thing about traditions: You don[‘t realize how much you miss them until they’re gone.
These are just a few images from the event of course. There are over 300 total. :)