Archive for the ‘Bat/Bar Mitzvahs’ Category

Equine Portraits ~ Jordyn’s Pre Bar Mitzvah Session ~ Pennsylvania Mitzvah Photographer ~ Jana Bannan

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Jordyn’s Equine pre Bat Mitzvah session at Worcester Stables is one of my long time favorites. I knew we would get along perfectly well the first time I met Jordyn’s mom Debbie and she mentioned that J was a lover of horses and an avid rider. There was nowhere else but at the barn where she trains that I wanted to photograph her getting to know you session. After a few mandatory snaps in a dress, it was time for equine attire and horses. Jordyn lit up and absolutely loved introducing me to all her favorites in the barn – horses that is – and demonstrating her skills riding and jumping Buddy. I loved documenting her talents with equal enthusiasm.

I love making such connections with the Mitzvah children that I photograph and their families. It makes for beautiful memories and images that will hopefully stay with the family for years.

We are looking forward to documenting Jordyn’s Bat Mitzvah this weekend. It promises to be a great party.



Zara’s Bat Mitzvah Portraits ~ Pennsylvania Mitzvah Photographer ~ Jana Bannan

Monday, May 16th, 2016

We are sharing a wonderful pre-mitzvah session today in anticipation of Zara’s Tendenza event this weekend. Can hardly wait to document another even for the family.


Ritz Carlton Philadelphia Bar Mitzvah ~ Philadelphia Mitzvah Photographer ~ Jana Bannan

Monday, April 11th, 2016

We started our 2016 season with a spectacular party at the Ritz Carlton , Philadelphia. See the beautifully rich decor by Jamie Rothstein Floral Design .
Brad and his family had a wonderful service at the AdathEmanu-El synagogue and a super high energy party with entertainment provided by Anthony and team from Hot, Hot, Hot

Synagogue: AdathEmanu-El
Venue: Ritz Carlton , Philadelphia
Party Design: Jamie Rothstein Floral Design
Entertainment: Hot, Hot, Hot

Brad’s Philadelphia Pre-Mitzvah Portraits ~ by Jana Bannan ~ Pennsylvania Mitzvah Photographer

Friday, March 4th, 2016

We are ready for another fantastic party tomorrow. We are looking forward to spending the day with Brad and his family and capturing his celebration at the Ritz Carlton .
Did anyone say basketball in the middle of Broad Street?

Can’t wait


Goldie’s Pre-Mitzvah Portraits ~ Jana Bannan, Pennsylvania Mitzvah Photographer

Friday, February 5th, 2016

We are super excited for Saturday to work with Goldie and her family. Let 2016 begin with a great party!


Brent’s 007 Inspired Pre-Bar Mitzvah Portraits ~ Jana Bannan for mkPhoto ~ New Jersey Mitzvah Photographer

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

I have seen many fun theme and decor ideas at Mitzvahs and weddings over the years, but this one was cute and inspiring. Who doesn’t love a good James Bond movie. So the first time we met with Brent’s mom and idea came to me to incorporate the theme into our informal portraits. The entire family had so much fun acting out their roles that we laughed the entire time.

This session is a perfect blend of casual, loving family photos and more formal and serious images. I love the results and I am super excited for the party on Saturday.


Blake’s Pre-Mitzvah Portraits @Citizens Bank Park ~ Jana Bannan for mkPhoto ~ Philadelphia Mitzvah Photographer

Monday, November 9th, 2015

I am not even sure where to start with this insanely fun session at the Phillie’s stadium. Blake’s bar Mitzvah Party is coming up this weekend and we are super excited to be documenting it. Check out the custom jerseys the family created for his celebration.



Max’s Bar Mitzvah @ The Loews Hotel ~ Jana Bannan for mkPhoto ~ Philadelphia Mitzvah Photographer

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

We recently celebrated with Max at the Lowes Hotel in Philadelphia. What a party!! Enjoy the images.

Synagogue: Adath Israel
Reception Venue: Loews Hotel, Philadelphia
Entertainment: Total Talent Entertainment
Event Design and Planning: Evantine

You can see more photos for this event HERE
You can see Max’s informal portrait session HERE

Anita’s Pre-Mitzvah Portraits in Kennett ~ Jana Bannan for mkPhoto ~ Pennsylvania Moderm Bat Mitzvah Photographerer

Monday, October 26th, 2015

These informal sessions prior to a Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration are a huge part of my process in working with the families. I enjoy really connecting with the kids and hearing all about their interest. Going through the Bat/Bar Mitzvah service and party is a huge growing up experience and I feel honored when families trust me to document all the important moments.

Meet Anita, we are anxiously anticipating her party in November. Our favorite sunflower field making an appearance in a session as well as the cutest little town of Kennett Square. Sometimes the best photos are captured in one’s back yard :)

Looking forward to the awesome celebration.


Melissa’s PreMitzvah Portraits @ Margate, NJ ~ Jana Bannan for mkPhoto ~ Pennsylvania Modern Mitzvah Photographer

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Mitzvah Monday – meet Melissa and her family. We had a super fun Afternoon on the Margate, NJ beach and the Longport jetty. We are excited to celebrate Melissa’s accomplishments with family and friends in November. Mazel Tov!!