… may not be for everyone, but with enough practice and experience, it becomes second nature and is an amazingly fun day. If the congregation is Reform, I can photograph on a Saturday in the synagogue, if Orthodox or Conservative, I cannot photograph in the synagogue on Saturday… but I have photographed many a Bar Mitzvah on a Thursday morning. It goes something like this.
The night before, gather all photography gear, pack bags, choose clothes, and head to bed… it will be an early day and I need some sound sleep.
8:00 a.m. Wake up, shower, dress, eat, head to the synagogue to meet the family. My assistant and I meet at the synagogue at 8:45 a.m. We have pre-ceremony photographs to take before the morning service begins at 9:45 a.m.
I usually start all my Bar Mitzvah coverages at the synagogue on the afternoon of the last rehearsal, usually the previous Thursday night. There are plenty of family photographs to take, and splitting the shooting between two days allows me to capture great sets of images.