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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Pacific Palisades Bar/Bat Mitzvah Photographer | Kehillat Israel

We first met Brooke in Pacific Palisades at Temescal Canyon Gateway Park, one of our favorite hiking spots, to photograph her for the Bat Mitzvah reception sign-in board. It was a magical spot with perfect lighting, and we couldn’t have been happier with the results. We then met up again a few weeks later for her Pacific Palisades Bat Mitzvah at Kehillat Israel, our home away from home in 2011, our 6th visit of the year–with two more on the books in the coming months.
As always, lighting was amazing in the KI sanctuary and everything went perfectly–well, almost perfectly. There was a power outage moments before the service was to begin, but luckily KI had a generator they were able to drag into the sanctuary for amplification, and everyone got to hear Brooke and family without a hitch. And by the time the reception began in the social hall hours later, power was back to normal.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Redondo Beach Crowne Plaza Bar Mitzvah Party | Max

Hours after Max's Temple Menorah Redondo Beach Bar Mitzvah, Sam Graham met up with Max for his black tie and tails party at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Redondo Beach.
Max is one classy dude. It's very rare that we see a young Bar Mitzvah boy dressed to the nines like Max.

Redondo Beach Bar Mitzvah | Temple Menorah | Bar Mitzvah Photographer

We met with Max and his family at Redondo Beach's Temple Menorah recently for Max's Redondo Beach Bar Mitzvah and family portraits.
It was a return engagement for us, having photographer sister Emily's Redondo Beach Bat Mitzvah three years ago, and it was great to see everyone again.


Manhattan Beach Engagement Photographer | Manhattan Beach Pier | By Sam Graham

Manhattan Beach based Sam Graham, the younger member of Graham & Graham Photography, met up with Nicole and Matt Sunday at the Manhattan Beach Pier, for a Manhattan Beach engagement photo session.
The happy couple will be wed in October, down in Texas, and we were thrilled to help them with their "save the date," beach images for invites.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Redondo Beach Bar Mitzvah | Temple Menorah | By Sam Graham

Sam Graham met up with Jonathan and his family this weekend at Temple Menorah of Redondo Beach to help document the Redondo Beach Bar Mitzvah. Afterwards, they headed to the Torrance Marriott for a big Bar Mitzvah celebration. This was Sam's second visit to Menorah is two weeks--it was Max's turn at the torah last week. (Photo highlights will be posted here shortly.) We look forward to returning shortly in June for another big simcha!


Friday, April 15, 2011

New Zealand part 4--Kiwi sights and sounds

The latest from Kiwiland--a video montage of photos from the North Island, produced on the iPad 2 and Apple's iMovie app.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

New Zealand part 3--Water!

Part three of our series from the New Zealand north island experience.
This was filmed entirely using the iPad 2 video camera and Apple's $4.95 iMovie for iPad and iPhone app.

Friday, April 08, 2011

New Zealand part 2--Lyness cottage Kerikeri

Our second stop on the tour was to the Bay of Islands section of the North Island, about 3 hours north of Auckland. we enjoyed our stay at the Lyness cottages so much, we extended our visit for another two nights. A lush property on 2.5 acres overlooking the inlet, with sheep right outside the room, it was just hard to leave. Check out the video tour.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

New Zealand holiday | Auckland | Ascot Parnell bed and breakfast

We open the New Zealand tour at the Ascot Parnell bed and breakfast in Auckland, run by the fun couple Bart and Therese, who played nice sports with us when we shot this video of breakfast time at their lively bandb. Ascot Parnell is in a great part of town, the Parnell district, a great walking area and did we mention that Bart picked us up at the airport?
thanks Bart and Therese for a great time!