Los Angeles Bar/Bat Mitzvah Photography & Video | 310-594-8074
Sam Graham has photographed over 200 Los Angeles and Orange County Bar and Bat Mitzvahs since 2003, at the biggest Los Angeles synagouges--like Valley Beth Shalom, Sinai Temple, Temple Israel of Hollywood, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and L.A.'s Temple Beth Am & Temple Isaiah, to smaller congregations like Congregation Ner Tamid of Palos Verdes, Temple Israel of Long Beach and Santa Ana's Temple Beth Shalom.
In the coming months, we look forward to return engagements to Congregation Tikvat Jacob in Manhattan Beach, Temple Isaiah of Los Angeles, the Redondo Beach Jewish Community Center, Kehilliat Israel of Pacific Palisades, Temple Beth El of San Pedro, Culver City's Temple Akiba, Temple Israel of Long Beach, Sinai Temple, Orange County's Temple Beth Shalom, Beth Shir Sholom of Santa Monica, Knesset Israel of Los Angeles, Temple Beth David of Westminster, and Wilshire Boulevard Temple of Los Angeles.
Generally, we like to meet with the family 90 minutes before the service begins on Saturday morning, for Bar/Bat Mitzvah and family portraits. That is--if the temple allows photography on Saturday. Temple Isaiah, Temple Israel and Temple Emanuel do--Valley Beth Shalom, Congregation Tikvat Jacob and Ner Tamid do not.
So in that case, we meet on another day for the photography, usually about a week before the event. Or the day before, in the case of Ner Tamid.
At our shoots, lighting is very important to us, and we bring along a full collection of gear (to think it used to be just a camera and flash!) to make the room come alive. After the portrait session, it's to the back (if we can shoot) where we put our big 70-200mm 2.8 L Canon lens on our Canon 5D Mark III for close-ups, with a 24mm-70mm 2.8 L or 16-35mm 2.8 L Canon lens on our second camera. This is usually followed by pictures of the kiddish lunch, and then the Big Party!
"Graham & Graham were fantastic at my daughters bat mitzvah. They got all the right shots, knew where to be and had just the right oomph to get the people together for the shots. Then you get to see how good they really are, because the shots are beautiful."--Lance and Jennifer, Manhattan Beach bat mitzvah.
"The best thing we did was to hire Graham and Graham for photography and video of our Bat Mitzvah. Working with them was a pleasure throughout the entire process. They are professional, creative, supportive and, most of all, very caring about what they do. We were thrilled and could not have asked for more. Great service, caring professionals, spectacular results! I would highly recommend them."--Randi and Ted, Los Angeles Bat Mitzvah
"Did a wonderful and comprehensive job on our son's bar mitzvah. The portraits are exactly what we hoped for...beautifully composed and lit with appropriate respect to tradition and the idea that we wanted images that would be part of our family for years to come. At the same time, they also captured our son/our event's personality and creative sensibility."--Melanie and Peter, Santa Monica bar mitzvah
"Thank you so much! You guys were great! I love how amazing our pictures came out! I must say you were very dependable always on time, I really felt like we could count on you! We definitely want you for Jennifer's big day too!! Save the date."--Pam, Los Angeles bar mitzvah
"The Grahams photographed my daughter’s bat mitzvah and also created her montage. Every step of the process was highly professional and creative. There were so many extra touches and so much personal attention to our family and the final result was a breathtaking montage and a beautiful album of photos we will treasure for a lifetime. Under the stress of such a huge event, the Grahams were always calm, on time and proactive. They went the extra mile to assure all went well. I cannot speak highly enough of the quality of their work."--Jennifer, Manhattan Beach Bat Mitzvah
"Great work.. stumbled across Graham and Graham long distance from Mexico City to do our sons' Bar Mitzvah in Beverly Hills and could not be happier... great work ! fun ! wonderful memories to keep thank you !"--Trisha, Beverly Hills Bar Mitzvah
"We're thrilled with everything you've done to make Jacob's bar mitzvah memorable. You put in more time and creative effort than we could have imagined, or could possibly be profitable for you on the montage. The pictures you took are amazing and captured each of the different facets of a very long day. From the family portraits taken prior to the service, to the synagogue pictures themselves, all the way through to the end of a very fun party, we are now able to relive every moment. You are totally awesome and I will say so to anyone who asks (and even to some who don't!)"--Elaine and Mike, Culver City bar mitzvah
"We were so lucky to have had the 'best' photographer at our son’s Bar Mitzvah. As this momentous occasion only comes around once in a boy’s lifetime, capturing him at the synagogue and then at our party having the time of his life was most important to him and to us. You did a fantastic job. The montage you created was beyond our expectations and there wasn’t a dry eye in the place when it was played. You were everywhere at our party snapping pictures at every turn. I absolutely will be telling everyone about you!"--Gayle, Woodland Hills Bar Mitzvah
"We just wanted to thank you for everything. My family can't believe the colors that you have captured, at the temple, party, etc. You are quite the photographer, Rest assured I will be recommending you to my friends. Once again, thanks a million and I hope that you are available when our son has his bar mitzvah in a couple of years."--Deannie and Craig, Los Angeles Bat Mitzvah
"Fantastic pictures! We will recommend you to our friends and family." Janice, Redondo Beach Bar Mitzvah
"You're so easy to work with...I especially like the editing on the video, which captured all the most important elements of our Bar Mitzvah event."--Amy C., Palos Verdes Bar Mitzvah
"Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! We love the photo of Rachel reading from the Torah; it's a keeper. We really appreciate how easy you have made it for us to select pictures and to compose an album. It's been a pleasure working with you." John and Michelle W., Manhattan Beach Bat Mitzvah
"You're a star! Great job. Thank you so much for all your hard work. You and your team were amazing."--Nicole S., Beverly Hills bat mitzvah
"You've done another outstanding job. Once again, we had 100s of photos to choose from. You captured the significance of the ceremony in the sanctuary & the party pictures were fun and festive. We're thrilled to have you again in '09 for our third simcha." --Debbie G., Manhattan Beach bat mitzvah
"Jeff and his wonderful assistants went above and beyond our expectations for our son's Bar Mitzvah. He was available for all of our needs ( rehearsals, special photos for printed material, photo selection for the album, etc.) and all of his photos were beautiful.Do not hesitate to have Graham & Graham Photography capture your special day moments!"--Cheryl, Manhattan Beach Bar Mitzvah
"Graham and Graham did an outstanding job photographing our son's bar mitzvah. Their photos were beautiful and they were wonderful with our family and guests - professional as well as terrific at setting people at ease. And their arrangement for providing the photos for viewing on the website and on DVD is fantastic and economical. We always enthusiastically recommend Graham and Graham and can't wait to use them again for our younger son's bar mitzvah in 2009."--Rachel, Culver City Bar Mitzvah
"We would highly recommend Graham and Graham. They were so professional. I didn't have to worry about anything and the pictures turned out great. Not only that, but Jeff brought them all over to our house in a timely manner and we were able to get excited about the Bat Mitzvah all over again. If you are unsure of who to go with for your son or daughters Bar/Bat Mitzvah, you won't be sorry if you use them."--Jennifer, Manhattan Beach Bat Mitzvah
"Did a fantastic job at Alexandra's Bat Mitzvah! We got both photo and video and we could not be happier! Very professional, on time, definitley knows the art of photography!! Will reccomend highly!!"--Jennifer V., Torrance Bat Mitzvah
"Graham & Graham photographed my son, Tyler's, Bar Mitzvah a couple of weeks ago and I am so thrilled with the pictures. They were easy to work with and extremely flexible. My son has special needs and I was concerned that it would be difficult to get pictures if Tyler did not want to pose. Gaham & Graham were wonderful and was able to get amazing photos. Our unique situation never seemed to be a problem.
I was amazed how quickly we received all the pictures back! They were all organized in books and everything that we expected to be included was there. I would not hesitate to recommend Graham & Graham and I plan to use them again when it is our daughters turn."--Ronda, Manhattan Beach Bar Mitzvah
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