Julia’s Tampa bat mitzvah ceremony at the synagogue and party at Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club.

Our second session for Julia was her bat mitzvah ceremony portraits. This is the most important part of a bat mitzvah, just like it is for a wedding. If you’re not sure what a bat mitzvah is, it’s the coming of age Jewish ceremony when a girl reaches maturity and has new responsibilities. I can tell you that Julia is one seriously mature young woman. I could especially tell during her speech at her bat mitzvah party during the candle lighting ceremony. She spoke of her charitable efforts, especially with people who are deaf because of her friend being deaf.

After our session at the synagogue, I photographed Julia’s actual bat mitzvah party at the Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club. They had the incredible Allen with Classic Entertainment for their DJ. He is always a blast to work with and the kids are obviously having fun in the photos. They also had a Breyer’s Ice Cream bar, candy bar, photo booth and tons of games. Julia even made her own monogram which the guests received on a t-shirt as a parting gift. What an honor it was to capture this coming of age ceremony for Julia and her family. I wish them all the best and maybe I’ll see them when her younger brother Jacob’s bar mitzvah!