Zoomitzvah my first COVID virtual bar mitzvah

First of all, mazel tov to Noah and his parents Melissa and Dani. Noah celebrated his bar mitzvah yesterday at home in the company of his friends and relatives via Zoom. Before COVID and shelter in place, I WAS going to be his official bar mitzvah photographer at the synagogue and at his celebration. Alas, […]

The high price of FREE photography

When planning a bar/bat mitzvah, wedding or other event it’s super tempting when a friend or relative offers to take the photos for you. Often times, the price you pay for saving money is getting crappy photos or missing the important shots.

Mitzvah Photography — 3 Benefits to an Announcement Photo Session

As part of my bar and bat mitzvah packages I offer a complimentary Announcement Photo session in the months preceding the mitzvah. Like a wedding Engagement photo session, these Announcement sessions in that it serves 3 major purposes for bat/mitzvah and their family.

J Weekly Magazine Readers’ Choice–Shoey Sindel Photography

Readers of the J Weekly Magazine, the San Francisco Bay Area’s Jewish magazine, have spoken 3 years in a row.  Yup, Shoey Sindel Photography was voted the Favorite Photographer of the East Bay. The article says, Berkeley photographer Shoey Sindel calls herself a storyteller of people’s lives, using photos to tell the tale.  She documents […]

Berkeley bat mitzvah–mazel tov Marina

Marina is one of those bat mitzvahs that is talented, poised, confident, beautiful, interested in nature and attracts happy and kind people around her.  Her bat mitzvah celebration was all of that–strong, beautiful, happy and attended by delightful family and guests. The family and I are no strangers: Susie and I go way back and I […]

Berkeley Netivot Shalom Bat Mitzvah–Mazel Tov Ariel

I had the pleasure and honor of photographing Ariel’s bat mitzvah. This was no ordinary bat mitzvah photo shoot; it was for the rabbi’s daughter…no pressure there!   Ariel’s family is so down to earth, sweet and funny as heck.  Their family is full of huggers and there was a fair share of tears.  And, […]