Raleigh Mitzvah Photographer | Temple Beth Or | Grayson's Mexican Fiesta

A portrait of the bar mitzvah boy as he gets called to the Torah at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC, pictures by Rose Trail Images.

My first Mitzvah Family

I was looking at my blog the other day and thought to myself… HOLY MOLY I haven’t shared a mitzvah in FOR-EV-ER! This is just unacceptable in so many ways. So I thought, what better way to get back into it than sharing one from one of my favorite families. This very handsome and very accomplished young man is Grayson. On June 15th, he was called to the Torah to be bar mitzvah at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh and I had the privilege of photographing his special day. SO MUCH FUN. Fun fact: Grayson’s oldest brother, Harrison, was my first experience as a mitzvah photographer! Last year, I photographed these festivities for their middle brother, Lucas, and now sweet Grayson has grown up, too! It has been such a joy to document and participate in (can you find a super fun shot of me in this post???) so many special moments and fun memories for the Schwinger family over the years. I’m so sad that Gray is the last of the Schwinger boys I’ll get to photograph, but thankful that they are now friends and will forever be stuck with me. Insert my evil laugh here ;)

The Party Deets

Grayson’s Mexican themed mitzvah fiesta was amazingly planned and decorated by his mom extraordinaire, Sharon!!! She has planned every single party by herself and has done a PHENOMENAL job! In fact, I keep telling her she should sell her party services!! This party was no exception, and what a fun day it was! I mean, how can you not have fun when there is a taco bar from Qdoba? Plus, all the games (limbo!), dancing (yes, the horah, but have you ever had a dance contest with your mom?), and hula hooping (it used to be so easy!) made a completely enjoyable afternoon for everyone. Shout out to Q with K2Productions for the tunes, he always does a great job!

Mazel Tov, Grayson! Your family is SO proud of you!

Portraits of the bar mitzvah boy as he gets called to the Torah at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
Silly family portraits before the bar mitzvah ceremony at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
Sibling portraits before the bar mitzvah ceremony at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
Family portraits on the bima before the bar mitzvah ceremony at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
Family portraits outside before the bar mitzvah ceremony at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
Family and individual portraits outside before the bar mitzvah ceremony at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
Family portraits in the sukkot outside before the bar mitzvah ceremony at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
Family portraits with the Torah before the bar mitzvah ceremony at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
Torah portraits and detail shots before the bar mitzvah ceremony at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
Family portraits with the Torah before the bar mitzvah ceremony at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
Black and white candids of the family in the congregation before the bar mitzvah ceremony at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
Family candids in the sanctuary before the bar mitzvah ceremony at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
Family and friends in the sanctuary before the bar mitzvah ceremony at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
Sibling portraits and kippah details before the bar mitzvah ceremony at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
Candid portraits after the conclusion of the bar mitzvah ceremony at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
Details of the Mexican themed mitzvah celebration at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC include a Qdoba taco bar, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
Details of the Mexican themed mitzvah celebration, including centerpieces and invites, at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
Some of the Mexican themed mitzvah celebration at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC included a candle ceremony, hula hoops, and lots of jarritos soda, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
At the Mexican themed mitzvah guests had a dance contest with their moms, pictures taken at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC by Rose Trail Images.
At the Mexican themed mitzvah guests had a great time dancing and doing the limbo, pictures taken at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC by Rose Trail Images.
At the Mexican themed mitzvah guests played musical chairs, danced, and watched a sweet video, pictures taken at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC by Rose Trail Images.
At the Mexican themed mitzvah guests danced the hora, pictures taken at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC by Rose Trail Images.
At the Mexican themed mitzvah guests danced and ate churros as a treat, pictures taken at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC by Rose Trail Images.
The bar mitzvah boy posed with the Torah in front of the ark at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC, picture by Rose Trail Images.

Vendor Recap:

Ceremony and Party Venue: Temple Beth Or

Planning and Styling: Sharon Schwinger

Food: Qdoba

DJ: Q with K2Productions

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