At Life + Lens Blog, Mondays are for celebrating milestones and milestone photography. When we put out calls for submissions, we tend to receive a lot of cake smash and first birthday sessions — which we LOVE — but our vision has always been for Milestone Mondays to be for celebrating milestones of ALL kinds – Sweet 16s, Baptisms, Adoption Sessions, Quinceañeras, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and any other religious, cultural or celebratory events in the lives of children and families.  So we were especially excited to receive this Bar Mitzvah Photography submission from Shanna Kaycee Photography! We especially appreciated that it was filled with so many great images and so much inspiration! 

What We Love: 

Shanna: Zachary’s Bar Mitzvah was such a blast to photograph; Filled with so many activities for the children to do ranging from old school video games to toys, and also a personalized t-shirt maker. It was truly a wonderful experience to capture this sweet young man turning 13.

Lisa and Rachel:  Growing up in the Jewish community, we’ve both been to plenty of Bar and Bat Mitzvahs over the years and this one looks like it was both a meaningful ceremony and a really fun party! We love that Shanna captured some of the important religious details and traditions of becoming a Bar Mitzvah (or “Son of the Commandment”) as well as the fun details of the Bar Mitzvah party that celebrates this important milestone and the hard work it took to get there.  These images made us feel 13 again!


Shanna Kaycee is a wedding and lifestyle photographer in Southern California.

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We love to feature your Milestone Photography on the blog as part of our Milestone Monday Series – from first birthdays and cake smash sessions to Sweet 16s to religious ceremonies (bar/bat mitzvahs, baptisms, quinceañeras) and beyond. Please see our Submission information for further directions.