A Portrait Session for a Newborn Baby…Are you CRAZY??

Nancy Yachnes, Executive Producer of Sparkling Photography & Video in Brooklyn, NY, shares some of the frequent questions she receives about the value of a newborn portrait session:

“What do we need a newborn portrait session for?”
“The baby changes so fast… why do we want to remember what he looked like when he was creased and yellow?”
“Why is the session so expensive?”
“Isn’t there a photographer at the hospital?”

Come take a peek behind the scenes to see what a newborn session is all about.

Newborn Floating - Portrait Session

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20 Cool Ideas for Your Photo Booth & Photo Favors

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and this is especially true of wedding, bat & bar mitzvah and party photos. New and unique designs and options for photo booths and photo favors continue to be the hottest trend at mitzvahs, weddings and other parties.  Their popularity feeds the Instagram-craze and social media sharing.  The options, from the classic to the open-air hi-tech photo booth, and their features are getting better by the day. So we’re excited to bring you….

20 Ideas For Your Photo Booths & Photo Favors

1.Luxe Lights

Lights are a great way to add some pop to your next event. By choosing either a color that’s already a part of your scheme, or an exciting accent color, lights will help illuminate your night!

Vanity LED Photo Booth

Vanity LED Photo Booth from Vision Entertainment

Vision Entertainment Group reinvents the photo booth with an updated take on the classic. According to Daniela Grafman of Vision Entertainment Group, “Modern photo booth options include LED lighting and are highly interactive.” Choose what color lighting fits with your color scheme and your photo booth will complement your decor. READ MORE ......

“Out Of This World” Bar Mitzvah Party

Brian’s Bar Mitzvah took place on May 9th, highlighting “The Journey of a Boy” and celebrating his growth into manhood. The innovative party was designed and styled by Swank Productions and captured by 5th Avenue Digital.

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The Showplace Transforms Event Space into Jaw-Dropping Bar Mitzvah Service

Many families want their children to participate in the religious ceremony of becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, even if they don’t belong to a synagogue.  Such was the case for a recent client of Showplace Floral & Event Design.  The creation of a temple ambiance in The Paramount venue – where the party would be celebrated immediately after the ceremony – is absolutely amazing!  See for yourself…

Bar Mitzvah NY - Event Space Transformed into Synagogue

Event Space Transformed into Synagogue Ambiance

Photography by Denis Leon & Co. Photographers

This client wanted to recreate an atmosphere for services that had the overall appeal and ambiance of a modern temple.

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Top 5 Entertainment Essentials for Mitzvahs & Weddings

What makes a bar/bat mitzvah or wedding unforgettable?

The entertainment options for bar/bat mitzvahs and weddings can be overwhelming and hard to prioritize. We asked the team at The Main Event, a family-owned business providing entertainment for mitzvahs and weddings since 1996, to help our visitors identify the top 5 entertainment essentials. The Main Event is committed to great relationship building – which in turn makes your event their main event.

1. DJ or Experienced Dance Team

Top 5 Mitzvah & Wedding Entertainment Ideas

Dance Motivator in Action

For an energized event, the party needs an experienced DJ and dance team.  They will motivate the kids and the adults – adding spark and excitement to your affair. READ MORE ......

Custom Hand Painted Silk Torah Covers by Corinne Soikin Strauss

Now that this year’s High Holy Days are over, it is time to think of covers specially made for next year. Commissioned by synagogues throughout the country, Torah Covers by Corinne Soikin Strauss of The Artist’s Studio are highly prized for their beauty, originality and spirituality.

Custom Torah Coversby The Artist's Studio

Hand painted on tapestry weight silk, the carefully chosen colors range from the softest earth hues to vibrant jewel tones. Each cover, while respecting the sanctity of the Torah, reflects the individuality of the Congregation embodying traditional or contemporary motifs. READ MORE ......

Same-Sex Ketubahs to Celebrate Your Wedding

With gay marriage officially legalized throughout the United States, it’s the perfect time to find or design your ketubah. Ketubahs are artistic portrayals of your wedding vows, and there is a great selection designed to commemorate your marriage, dedication and love for one another – no matter what sex or religion you or your partner are.

Same-Sex Ketubah - Gay Wedding Ketubahs at Ketubah.com

Love’s Mosaic – Lapis and Sapphire

Above: Love’s Mosaic – Lapis and Sapphire Ketubah available at Ketubah.com

Ketubahs are not only part of Jewish and Interfaith weddings, but have been adapted by couples of all religions.  Even Prince William & Kate Middleton had a ketubah specially designed for their royal wedding!  READ MORE ......