Yoel Turns 13: A Bar Mitzvah Photojournalist Tells All

Young boy in sunglasses dancing at a Manhattan bar mitzvah by bar mitzvah photojournalist, Kelly Williams

I recently had the pleasure of being the bar mitzvah photojournalist for Yoel’s 13th birthday celebration at the Greenhouse Nightclub.  The afternoon had tons of activities — from a magician to a great sushi buffet — that entertained guests of all ages.  Let’s get all the details in today’s blog post! 

Baby reaching up for glittery ceiling at a bar mitzvah

As Yoel’s celebration proves, the key to a successful bar mitzvah is to have lots and lots of activities for kids and adults alike.  As everyone knows, 13-year olds at an age where physical activities — games, basketball, dancing — are popular and a perfect way to put their high energy to good use.  For this event, the DJs had plenty of activities for the kids which was a great way to tire them out and keep everyone’s attention.  The favors given out to guests were graffiti-inspired photos that guests could personalize at the photo booth.

If you have a similar event planned, my advice is to have activity stations located throughout the event space.  This way guests have to go from point A to point B, thus fostering networking opportunities all during the event.  Furthermore, consider activities from three different viewpoints: those just for kids, those just for adults, and activities that can bring parents and kids together.  That way everyone has a great time.  Enjoy the photos!


Interested in talking further about event planning?  Drop me a line and let’s chat about your photography needs.

If you would like to see more images from my bar mitzvah photojournalism portfolio, then please visit my website — KellyWilliamsPhotographer.com

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