Mitzvah Photography Collections – Anne Stephenson Photo

Mazel Tov!

When it comes to capturing the memories of your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah every family’s photography needs are unique. Before getting started on choosing a collection, look into these important considerations:

Synagogue or Temple Policies

Every place of worship implements its own set of rules. Some permit photographs during rehearsals, others might allow a single photo at the end of service, and others do not permit photography during the service at all. Understanding these guidelines is important in creating a photography schedule.

Event Coverage

Would you like photos of the service? Also, the kiddush luncheon that follows? How about capturing the fun and festivities of the evening party, if you’re planning one? Deciding on these helps determine the number of hours you will want for your photography package.

Key Moments

Essentially three key components tell the story of a Mitzvah: Family Portraits, Service, and the Celebration. Many Mitzvahs incorporate creative combinations of these areas, sometimes spreading out the event over many days to accommodate traveling family and to turn the milestone into a memorable celebration.

Listed below are several ways to incorporate these elements into your Mitzvah and potential times of the day

Portrait Options
  • Pre-Rehearsal
  • Post-Rehearsal
  • Pre-Service
  • Post-Service
  • Before the Party
  • Another Day (at a different location with just immediate family)
Service Options
  • Rehearsal
  • Day-of Service All (check on policy)
  • Day-of Service Partial
Celebration Options
  • Shabbat Dinner
  • Kiddush Luncheon
  • Afternoon Party
  • Evening Party
  • Recreational Activity
  • Sunday Brunch

Once you’ve determined the types of photos you would like to capture and when the activities will take place, think about how many hours you will need and over how many days. Feel free to get creative with the timeline. While many Mitzvahs now take place on one day, it may work out better to create an alternate photo opportunity for family photos on a day other than the Mitzvah ceremony.

Overall, your photos should be just as meaningful, memorable, and personalized as the Mitzvah experience itself.

All coverage includes:

  • Photo selection
  • Color correction and image consistency
  • Optional sneak peek gallery/social posting
  • 4- to 6-week turnaround time
  • Private online gallery
  • Full-size color JPG and selected b/w JPGs
  • Print release
  • Complimentary site visit
  • 3-month file archiving
  • Optional payment plans

Continuous Coverage

Hourly coverage for Mitzvahs taking place on one day. If there is time between the events, a rate reduction is available.

8 Hours2100
7 Hours1875
6 Hours1650
5 Hours1425
4 Hours1260
3 Hours975
2 Hours750
Portrait Family Session (1 Hour)625
**Limited Time Special:
Book 4 or more hours and receive one bonus hour

Multi-Day Coverage

Collections can be customized to fit your needs.

Multi-Day Collection


  • Weekday rehearsal (one hour)
  • Portraits (one hour before or following rehearsal or one hour before party)
  • Party (four hours Saturday or Sunday)

Create your custom collection–Find out more.

A woman holds a crystal USB stick.

Popular à la carte Items

  • Highlight albums
  • Story albums
  • Photo books
  • Art frames
  • Photographic prints
  • USB drives (swivel between USB-A and USB-C)

Yes, you can still book if you don’t know your specific timeline for your day. A retainer in an agreed-upon amount will secure your spot on my calendar. I only accept one Mitzvah or other event per day so you have the peace of mind that the day is yours.

I have photographed many of the Boulder mitzvahs at various indoor and outdoor venues. For more traditional mitzvah services, I have photographed at The Hebrew Educational Alliance (Denver) and Har Shalom (Fort Collins). Temples and indoor reception areas tend to be dark and require knowledge of photographing in low light. I have extensive experience in low-light situations having photographed a multitude of mitzvahs, weddings, vow renewals, anniversary parties, and birthday parties over the years.

Yes, I will create and send a personal-use print release to show to your printer if needed. If you have additional needs outside of the print release, just ask!

Yes, please reach out on the contact form. Include a note letting me know we should set up 15/20 minutes to talk through the day and any known variables like venue or accessibility to the temple for the service.

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