Pleasantville Bat Mitzvah | Katya

A few weeks before Katya’s Pleasantville Bat Mitzvah, she & her Mom met up with me for a “pre-mitzvah” portrait session. Katya wanted some fun photos in her purple tulle party dress. We started outdoors in a local park and then went into the studio for some “high-fashion” shots. One of these was blown-up for friends to sign at her party. I always enjoy shooting these portrait sessions, and they are super-fun for my Bat Mitzvah girls. My clients love getting so many more fantastic portraits of their gorgeous kids without having to plan for extra portrait time on the actual event day.


Old brick walls always make for a great backdrop.


A smooch from Mom.

Katya looking glamorous on the waterfront.

Katya looking glamorous on the waterfront.


Some “high-fashion” shots in the studio. Fun!

Katya’s Havdalah Bat Mitzvah ceremony took place at Congregation Sons of Israel in Briarcliff Manor. Before the ceremony, we met up in a local park for some portraits featuring the beautiful Fall foliage.

Bat Mitzvah family portraits

The family poses together with the Fall foliage

Bat Mitzvah photographer


Bat mitzvah girl and her brothers



The guys ham it up for the camera.

Havdalah ceremony

The candle-lit Havdalah ceremony. So amazing to be able to photograph this special moment.

Havdalah ceremony

Her party was held at Jean Jacques patisserie in Pleasantville. The room was decorated with flowers & pink balloons, and the “candy land” themed cake from The Cake Boss looked incredible.

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Party Venue: Jean-Jacques

Flowers: Petals By Alice

Cake: Carlo’s Bakery (Cake Boss)