Simcha photography is a broad category which includes photography of weddings, bar mitzvahs, brit milah, and other life-cycle celebrations. In the world of professional photography, simcha photography ranks rather low as a measure of professional success. The work is considered repetitive and uncreative. As a veteran of more than 250 simchas, I can say that nothing is further from the truth. Photographing a Jewish wedding, for example, requires a myriad of skills to navigate the diverse stages of a chaotic and fast-paced event. The opportunity for creativity for the talented photographer is virtually unlimited.
The purpose of this blog is twofold. First, I would like to share my experience with other photographers pursuing the same professional challenges. There is so much more to simcha photography than meets the eye. The photos may look beautiful and nearly perfect, but what does it really take to consistently produce top-quality images? Secondly, I would like anyone who is planning a simcha to look at the photos on this blog as a source of ideas for the own simcha photography. Choosing a photographer should be the most important decision of your event planning. Yes, the food and music are important, but in the end, the only one who sticks around is the photographer.