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Ben’s big day | Angela Lang Bay Area Bar Mitzvah Photographer

Over the weekend I photographed Ben’s big day which was also his 13th birthday. Can you tell from these images how fun and loving his family is? A bar mitzvah is a Jewish coming of age ritual, and his was a blast, as was his older brother’s that I photographed a few years ago. The ceremony was at Temple Sinai, and the party was at Scott’s Restaurant in Oakland overlooking the water where guests dined and danced the night away, literally! Ben played two songs on acoustic guitar, and even treated his friends to ‘the worm’ dance as well as many other cool dance moves.

If you would like images like this of your child’s bar or bat mitzvah, drop me a line at

They wanted to do an evolution of man shot…I love Ben’s expression!

Vendors whom I had the pleasure of working with for this event:

Breath of Fresh Air –

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Balloon Thrills –

  • Caneel - March 31, 2014 - 3:58 pm

    What a fun family they look like – and a fun celebration! You did a great job capturing the joy!

  • Heidi Kapust - March 31, 2014 - 4:25 pm

    What a beautiful day that you captured! They seem like such a fun , loving family! You captured smiles, laughter and even tears of joy!

  • Emily - March 31, 2014 - 5:22 pm

    These are great! Looks like fun:)

  • Heather - March 31, 2014 - 7:58 pm

    Oh my gosh! These are just too fun for words. I can’t help but smile when I see these.

  • Heather N. - March 31, 2014 - 8:18 pm

    What a fun family and such a handsome boy! You can feel the joy and happiness by looking at the images!

  • Robin - April 1, 2014 - 2:12 am

    Oh I love these, they look like a fun and loving family!

  • Bobbijo - April 1, 2014 - 2:33 pm

    oh my this family looks like they are so much fun! Congrats to Ben!

  • Asheley - April 1, 2014 - 3:43 pm

    What a fun and modern shoot! Ben & his family know how to party!

  • Anjuli Francois - April 1, 2014 - 5:22 pm

    These are great! He looks so happy.

  • Crystal Longbrake - April 2, 2014 - 12:41 am

    Awe, what a fun day! Congrats Ben!

  • Susy - April 2, 2014 - 2:41 am

    Wow it does look like it was so much fun! Great job!

  • Marilyn Jeffers - April 2, 2014 - 3:01 am

    These are great photos!! The family looks like a lot of fun!

  • heather - April 2, 2014 - 6:12 pm

    So great! Looks like so much fun!

  • Nicole - April 2, 2014 - 10:01 pm

    Amazing! Looks like such a fun event to photograph!

  • Abbe - April 3, 2014 - 6:38 pm

    These are fantastic! I love the checkered background in the first few shots. What a fun family. Now I want to have a bar mitzvah too and have you shoot it … and I’m not Jewish. These are AWESOME!!!

  • Angela Kay - April 4, 2014 - 1:30 pm

    Wow what a wonderful event and your photograph captured it perfectly.

  • Danielle - April 4, 2014 - 5:25 pm

    These are wonderful!! What great memories this family has to cherish!

  • Heather - April 5, 2014 - 2:51 am

    These are such fun photos! I love the first 2!

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