A few weeks ago I had the honor of being selected as the event photographer for a bris in West Hollywood. It was my first time attending such an event and I was looking forward to it, not only because this is a special time in a family’s life, but because the ritual is so embedded in the Jewish tradition. According to many, this is the one tradition that all Jewish families observe, regardless of how observant they are.
While the ceremony was updated for modern times, complete with an M.D. qualified Mohel with a repartee worthy of a stand up comedy club, the ceremony itself was rich in tradition, from the readings to the sharing of wine. I was so moved by the experience, that even I, could not help but shed a few tears. I also loved the tradition of the revealing of the name. I love to learn about different cultures and traditions, and this is one tradition that I feel so enriched to have been a part of.
Unlike most the of the events I am asked to photograph, this event was a) more serious in nature, and b) had a much higher ratio of grown ups than usual, so I think that working the images in B&W adds to the solemnity of the affair. Thank you letting me be a part of this special time.