I have photographed events at Congregation Beth Tikvah with Rabbi Rick Kellner for several years, so it was a special honor to photograph his daughter Zoe becoming bat mitzvah over Memorial Day Weekend! Zoe's family began planning her celebration long before the Covid19 pandemic, and plans changed from a large event with hundreds of guests to an intimate in-person gathering coupled with Zoom and drive through elements. Over the last year I have seen all sorts of adaptations to events due to the coronavirus, but Zoe's bat mitzvah might have been the most thoughtfully planned of all of them. On top of that, every adult in attendance (including Zoe, who was in the Pfizer trial!) was fully vaccinated!
I began the day at Congregation Beth Tivkah in Worthington where we did family portraits before Zoe's ceremony. The ceremony was live streamed online flawlessly (I know how hard that can be to pull off!), and it was followed by a (fully biodegradable!) confetti exit outside the temple. After that, we headed to Zoe's home for a delicious backyard luncheon catered by Cameron Mitchell Premier Events. Later in the afternoon, we returned to Beth Tivkah for a drive through car parade. Just when Zoe thought the last guests had come and gone, a convoy of her Camp Guci friends pulled in to surprise her! Later in the evening, we again returned to Zoe's home for "Kamp Kellner", featuring a Pitabilities food truck, personalized desserts, a hybrid online/in-person Havdalah celebration, and a hilarious guest appearance by Cookie Monster.
This family has truly been wonderful to work with, and I am so excited to share a few favorite images below. Mazel tov, Zoe!!