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Saturday, February 26, 2011

University Synagogue Irvine Bar Mitzvah Photographer

It was our first visit to University Synagogue of Irvine for Orange County Bar Mitzvah photography, and we loved it. The large, auditorium seating of the reconstructionist temple provides a homey feel, and the rabbi and cantor offer a really musical service for the Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Here are some of our favorite images of Jared, during his University Synagogue Irvine Bar Mitzvah.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Los Angeles Bat Mitzvah Party Video | Fantasea Yacht Club

Ali had the time of her life at that amazing Fantasea Yacht Club Bat Mitzvah party in Marina del Rey a few weeks ago. Here's a two-minute highlight, produced by David Medill for Graham & Graham 
Featuring the amazing DJ services of Dan and the gang from the Party Zone

Friday, February 18, 2011

Graham and Graham Photography and the Jewish Journal !

We're in the Jewish Journal this week, in the annual spring Los Angeles Bar/Bat Mitzvah issue, with a new ad designed around recent Bar Mitzvah subject Dorian, and that most iconic of shots from Leo Baeck Temple a few weeks back.

This is the first of four ads that will be running in the print edition of the Jewish Journal, the number one source of Jewish news, information and arts coverage in the Los Angeles area. Look for Ally from Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and her big party from the Mark for Events next week.
Meanwhile, we're also seen in the online edition of the Jewish Journal, at, with ads featuring Dorian and Ali (not to be confused with Ally!) from our recent shoot at Culver City's Temple Akiba.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Manhattan Beach Beach Portraits | Manhattan Beach Photographer

It was cool to meet Katie on Sunday, for a weekend portrait session at that most iconic of settings, the Manhattan Beach Pier. Sam Graham and Katie did a variety of poses at "magic hour," until sunset, as Katie sought new headshots for blogs and newsletters.

Fantasea Yacht Club Bat Mitzvah \ Marina del Rey Bat Mitzvah Party

Two weeks later, we returned to the Fantasea Yacht Club for another big Bat Mitzvah party, this time for Ali, following her morning Culver City Bat Mitzvah at Temple Akiba.

DJ services by the great Dan Teplinksy and the Party Zone gang.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Culver City Bat Mitzvah | Temple Akiba | Bat Mitzvah Photographer

Ali's mom hired us for the Temple Akiba Bat Mitzvah back in...ahem, 2007, after Jacob's Culver City Bar Mitzvah--so we had lots of time to plan for this event.
We brought our reds and blues to have Akiba shine for us, and had a superstar in future supermodel Ali as our Bat Mitzvah. And as always, the amazing Rabbincal and Cantorial talents of Temple Akiba's Rabbi Zachary Shapiro and Cantor Lonee Frailich.

Bar Mitzvah Photographer | Leo Baeck Temple | Los Angeles

Here's more from Dorian's Los Angeles Bar Mitzvah at Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles.

Leo Baeck is a wonderful oasis nestled against greenery, off Sepluveda, directly across the street from the Getty Center.

Kehillat Israel Bar Mitzvah | Pacific Palisades Bar Mitzvah Photographer

For week 3 of our 6-week winter stint at Pacific Palisades' Kehillat Israel, we were on hand to photograph Caleb's Bar Mitzvah at the synagogue in the round.

These shots are all by Sam Graham of Graham and Graham Photography.
The first image is of Caleb at the moment in the reconstructionist service when all the kids throw candy at him--their way of celebrating that he has gotten all the way through his torah reading.
Below, Caleb goes over his material with Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben.

Afterwards, all the guests stepped into the social hall next to the sanctuary for a rock and roll themed Bar Mitzvah bash, MC'd by the great Bino of

Finally, here's Caleb with one of his special Blue concoctions made up for the big day.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Los Angeles Bar Mitzvah Photographer | Leo Baeck Temple

Three years ago, Sam Graham got a wonderful, dark, moody shot of Dimitry at Leo Baeck Temple on the day of his Bar Mitzvah. Cut to 2011, and now it was brother Dorian's turn for his Los Angeles Bar Mitzvah. So naturally, Sam had to try for something equally dramatic.
We love this shot, and the spotlight on Dorian!

We're also partial to two Bar Mitzvah boys together.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Culver City Bat Mitzvah | Temple Akiba

It's always fun to watch one of our Bar/Bat Mitzvah videos, and pull out some of the great Jewish music. Here's the singing and strumming Rabbi Zachary Shapiro dueting with cantor Lonee Frailich on "Oseh Shalom," from Alison's Bat Mitzvah last weekend at Temple Akiba in Culver City.