Jude is one cool kid. We met last fall for some formal portraits at Congregation Beth Israel with the Torah as well as relaxed images at Graffiti Hills Park. Thank goodness we did the portraits before, because the week of his actual bar mitzvah, his mother informed me that he’d be sporting a cast on his left hand. He’d broken a finger playing basketball. Kids!
I enjoyed seeing Jude with his whole family on the day of his bar mitzvah. He and his big sister have such a great relationship. You could feel the joy of aunts and uncles who had flown in from out of state to be with their nephew on his big day. Jude’s celebration was held at The Griffin School, and definitely had a retro-feel to it. A high school gym, grilled cheese sandwiches, hula-hoop contests and a fourteen-year-old kid laying sick beats on the dance floor. The night ended with a huge balloon drop over the dance floor and all the hilarity that accompanies pre-teen boys with helium. You could feel the love of a tightly-knit family and just wanted to be “in” on it.
Mazel tov, Jude! Thanks for having me be part of your day.