A Bar Mitzvah in Mekor Chaim
This is the reason – in my humble opinion – the Mekor Chaim synagogue is one of the best choices for a Bar Mitzvah in Jerusalem (aside from the Kotel!). This synagogue situated in the Mekor Chaim street (number 12) is built on the model of Tunisian synagogues from the past. And it is really a jewel! The Mekor Chaim neighborhood is very close to Talpiot. The brightness is exceptional, the blue atmosphere is stunning, the decor is luxurious: this is really striking for anyone visiting the place. And yet… I do not daven there, I am not from Tunisian origin, I am not from the neighborhood and I don’t know many people out there… (and needless to say, no interest other than sharing my experience) but what I do know is that when I shoot there, I have fun with the wonderful light! This is a French-speaking community but the place is open to all. If you want to organize a bar mitzvah in Jerusalem, whether you are Ashkenazic or Sephardic or of whatever tradition, this synagogue with magical colors is really a great place. I forgot something important: a big Mazal Tov for Eyal, a super nice hatan bar mitzvah whose simcha blends wonderfully in the bluish atmosphere of the place! And reader, what do you think?
A wedding at the King David Hotel
It is always a pleasure to photograph at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. What a beautiful environment for a wedding day! The hotel gardens are magnificent, the view on the walls is absolutely unique and I enjoy working in a place steeped in history 🙂 Here are some photos that I took a few weeks ago, with Dina and Daniel, the newlyweds. For this big day in Jerusalem, all those who were present could only feel a lot of emotion!
A bar mitzvah during Hannukah
I had the privilege to have my first Barmitzvah from Los Angeles 😄 I had already some from New York, but no farther! Despite the rainy weather in Jerusalem, JB (that’s his name) had the chance to celebrate his bar mitzvah at the Kotel… and during Hannukah! And JB loves doughnuts as well! Mazal Tov to JB and his wonderful family! May we all meet in “semachos” in Israel 😀 More pictures at the Kotel? Scroll down until the end!
The starry night
We had the chance with two friends of mine to photograph the starry night! Where? This will be kept secret 🙂 Here is a clue: somewhere in the Negev between Yeruham and Dimona. And not so far from Beer Sheva. These pictures were pretty hard to get because of the strong wind and – of course – the long time of exposure. The result is here!
The decisive moment
One of the photographer’s challenge is to be at the right place at the right moment. Whether for a bar mitzvah or for a wedding, whether in the street or during a party, there are always moments that shouldn’t be lost, let’s call them “decisive moments”. The “decisive moment” has become the trademark of some famous photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson. In recent years, I can feel this touch in the wonderful work of my friend Marc-Israel Sellem (in the field of press photography).
These shots (the term seems really accurate) are like big fishes I managed to catch! It’s always a great pleasure to feel we have captured a key moment, the surprise of the bride, the spontaneous smile of the bar mitzvah, the mother’s relief after the bris or any situation that one can freeze and that would disappear a second later! To stand at the right place at the right time… here is a selection of some “decisive moments” throughout my work. Enjoy!
The Kotel in Black and White
If pictures at the Kotel remain a must for a bar mitzvah, I admit I particularly enjoy seeing those in Black and White! Why? Perhaps because photos in Black and White always have something intemporal in it. Something very special and hard to define… And you? Could you define it? If you want to see pictures of the Kotel with colors you’ll find those in the Bar Mitzvah Photography section 🙂
The magic of a wedding in Israel
What are the ingredients of the magic of a wedding? Let’s begin with something specific to Israel: this is THE place to meet people with different cultures. Gaby is from Rio de Janeiro and Adam from New York – and I’m French 🙂 To meet each other could only take place in Jerusalem! But, more basically, the ingredients of a Jewish wedding – I have tried to express this through these pictures – is the mix of Kedusha and Simcha, sanctity and happiness, that everyone can feel. When friends come – whatever their origin and whatever their age – to rejoice the hatan and the kallah, the atmosphere becomes fantastic! That is the magic of an orthodox Jewish wedding… and I hope my pictures achieve to transcribe some magic in the air!
Yemin Moshe: a must for weddings
Yemin Moshe is a gem! It is not by chance that this Jerusalem neighborhood remains one of the favorite spots for wedding photographers… and that so many brides decide to spend some pre-wedding hours here. Yemin Moshe was the first neighborhood built outside the Old City – it was in 1892 – a place in which the stone of Jerusalem now mingles with the shimmering color of the flowers. The view overlooking the Old City is one of the most classic views of the capital, while the Montefiore Windmill has become one of the symbols of Jerusalem’s reconstruction. No wonder this place remains one of the most romantic spots in Israel, or maybe simply THE most! It is always a pleasure for me to photograph a bride in the small streets of this incredible neighborhood, so unique for that special memory.