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Ava Jewel @Green Valley Country Club ~Jana Bannan for mkPhotography, Philadelphia Mitzvah Photographer

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Mitzvahs are a right of passage for many of our clients’ young sons and daughters and we love covering these energetic and beautiful celebrations!

One of the great parts of the Bat and Bar Mitzvah coverage process is actually the pre-Mitzvah photography session! This is where we get to know one another a bit while striking out and getting some fun fashion poses in! Not only are the sessions included with our Mitzvah packages, they make for great photographs to use on the Mitzvah invitations and the guest sign-in book at the celebration itself. Plus: it’s just plain fun! Even the shyest of kids love the opportunity to dress up and warm up to us, so that by the time the Mitzvah rolls around, we are all old friends and event coverage goes smoothly. Jana especially has a knack for pumping up our young new friends for their portrait sessions and sharing in their excitement and anticipation for the ceremony and celebration down the road.

Here is Ava Jewel’s vibrant Mitzvah celebration! We loved the cake that had a golden tiara on the top, and Ava’s lovely princess gown – wow!

Some details:
Venue: Green Valley Country Club
Band/Entertainment: NY Entertainment

See the Photographer’s Picks slideshow HERE
Don’t miss Ava Jewel’s rockstar pre-portrait session with us HERE

Ava’s pre-Mitzvah Portraits ~ Jana Bannan for mkPhotography, Pennsylvania Mitzvah Photographer

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Meet Ms. Ava Jewel and her fabulous family! We’re going to be capturing Ava’s Bat Mitzvah celebration this week!

Tori’s Pre-Mitzvah Session @Dylan’s Candy Bar ~ mkPhotography, New York City Mitzvah Photographer

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

We spent a day up in the Big Apple for Tori’s portrait session and we went to the most amazing candy store we’ve ever been to. Have you heard of Dylan’s Candy Bar? The flagship store is on the upper east side and you have to go! It’s two or three floors of every candy you can possibly imagine, including a room of all the throw-backs, all the greats that we had as kids. We ALL got to be kids in a candy store for this photo session!

2014 IN REVIEW ~ a love letter from mkPhotography

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

One of the great things about January being so long and unencumbered with the sort of holidays that require planning and energy is having a little bit of time to take a step back and reflect upon the previous year. With that, we lovingly post this message from the founder and owner of mkPhoto, Mr. “mk” himself, Mike Kehr:

“With 2014 behind us and 2015 just starting, it is time to reflect and appreciate the great experiences, the importance of our valuable clients and the special new relationships we made in 2014.

Experiences…
Lets start with experiences. We traveled near and far, exploring new places, capturing beautiful imagery. It has always been our goal to challenge ourselves but in 2014 we pushed our creativity even further.

Every time Jana and I picked up our cameras we made a conscious effort to make sure the shot was different, creative, and most importantly moving, even though it may have been the same venue or location. We were lucky and very grateful to be a part of your lives! We cherish it. It keeps us motivated. We thrive on bringing together the emotion of you and the life of all involved. We together transformed the life events into sheer joy and celebration! That is what it is all about- positive documented experiences that will always be remembered the day of and every day that follows.

The importance of YOU….
We could not, of course, accomplish any of this without you: our valuable clients. You not only invested with us but you put your trust in us 100%, something that we take very seriously. We are passionate about our work and want to make sure we exceed your expectations. Thank you for believing in us. We surely believe in you!

Relationships…
The most important and fulfilling part of the entire experience is the amazing relationships we made with you! Relationships that we hope continue well into the future. The wedding day is just one of many important life changing events that you will want to remember. Your lives will evolve and families will grow (and have grown!) and we want to be there with you capturing these special moments that will be remembered for a lifetime. This relationship is what we strive for- long term. We were able to begin new relationships through engagements and weddings and continue past relationships with baby shoots, Mitzvahs, family sessions.

As you watch our images and associated memories from 2014 we hope you will feel emotion coming upon you, a smile, a laugh upon your face and that tear of joy from your eye. That is all the satisfaction we need- knowing we moved you and made a difference in your lives, that we were able to provide some tangible evidence of all the beauty and love in your hearts and homes.

Best of luck to you and your families in 2015!

Peace + love + Happiness

mike + jana
mkPhoto”

Here is what a year of mkPhoto looks like! 2014:










Tori’s Pre-Mitzvah Portraits ~ mkPhotography, Philadelphia Portrait Photographer

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Well check out this sassy, totally hip and totally fun portrait session we had in Center City Philadelphia with our stylish coming-of-age friend Tori! We are looking forward to photographing Tori’s Mitzvah this winter!

Julia @Green Valley Country Club ~ mkPhotography, Pennsylvania Mitzvah Photographer

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Lovely Julia’s big day was full of family, friends, (both two- and four-legged!), color, energy, laughter, and joy.

Some details:
Venue: Green Valley Country Club
Cake: Bredenbeck’s Bakery
DJ: All Around Entertainment

See Julia’s pre-Mitzvah portrait session with us (pups Banjo and Chloe make another appearance!) HERE

the Tisdel Family ~mkPhotography, Delaware Family Photographer

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Drew and Ryan call Jana their favorite Photographer and Jana calls Drew and Ryan her favorite models! She has been taking their photos since they were born! This was a beautiful family session at Brandywine Creek State Park. What great brothers! Just look at these two!

Julia’s Pre-Mitzvah Session ~ mkPhotography, Main Line Mitzvah Photographer

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Beautiful Julia and her adorable furry friends came down from the Main Line to have this colorful, stylish and fun pre-Mitzvah portrait session with us recently in Kennett Square. Banjo is the red Labradoodle and Chloe is the white Havenese!
We can’t wait to capture the celebration at her Mitzvah this fall!

the Hahn Family portraits ~ mkPhotography, Delaware Family Photographer

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

The Hahns won a package we donated to the Independence School auction so we had the opportunity to take some fun and ultra SMILEY portraits for them at Gibraltar down in Wilmington! :)

the Bobka Family portraits ~ mkPhotography, Pennsylvania Lifestyle Photographer

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

The Bobka family bid on one of the portrait packages we donated to the Sanford School auction and won an afternoon session with us at Brandywine Battlefield!