Jessica Kaplan's Bat Mitzvah at the Chicago Botanic Gardens was truly a sensational celebration. The Mitzvah was just 2 weeks after we shot her Bat Mitzvah portrait session at the family home as well as the Bimah formals 3 days before the party. Clearly by the time I arrived for the Mitzvah at the Botanic Gardens, I felt like a member of the family.
Northern California is my home, and this same-sex Napa engagement session is extra special to me because it is my sister-in-law, Dana Sabin, and her fiancee, Larisa Stephenson. But going home has always been terribly difficult for me. Out of site, out of mind is how I got myself through the past 14 years of separation.
Katie and Diego recently came back for their Chicago winter engagement session from their home in Los Angeles, California. While not really a destination wedding for them, they were excited to come home and spend some time touring around the city.
Jessica Kaplan's Bat Mitzvah is this evening at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Am I excited? You BET! In March of 2012, The Kaplan's had me over to their beautiful home to show them my work and discuss the Mitzvah. While we only chatted about photography for about 30 minutes, their 3 adorable children had me so entertained that leaving seemed ridiculous.
It has been nearly 2 years to the date since I shot a wedding at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago. And as always, it was a joy to be back. Julie and Seth's wedding started out at the Renasissance Blackstone Hotel down the street and migrated to the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership for the formal festivities.