So, you’re planning your child’s big day. You have set the date with your Synagogue or Temple. You have chosen your reception or luncheon venue. The party spot is booked and the entertainment settled.

You may think you have covered your bases, right?
You want your memories preserved forever and now you need to hire the right company to capture your Mitzvah.
Here’s what you need to know:

A Mitzvah photographer Must Have Experience
An experienced Mitzvah photographer is a pro at capturing the most memorable moments without ever being intrusive. A common complaint from parents is that their Mitzvah photographer “ran” the event.

Experienced Mitzvah photographers are knowledgeable about what goes on during a Mitzvah and know when to be available for important moments such as the undressing of the Torah, the blessings, the Hora, the Motzi and so much more.

A Mitzvah photographer must listen
Many parents already know what they want for photography. Some need more guidance. Choose a Mitzvah photographer who is dedicated to capturing the special moments of this big day in the style that you envision, or will be able to make stylistic suggestions. A truly professional Mitzvah photographer will be attentive to you and will work to make your vision come to life.

There are many different styles of Mitzvah photography ranging from traditional to photojournalism. Experienced Mitzvah photographers are able to offer any style you are interested in and will have samples of their work to show.

If you don’t see the style you want in the Mitzvah photographer’s portfolio, chances are they aren’t comfortable with it. Keep up your search until you find the perfect Mitzvah photographer for your needs.

A Mitzvah photographer must make you feel comfortable

If a Mitzvah photographer does not try to make your family and especially your child feel comfortable and relaxed in his or her presence, chances are that the finished photos will reflect that. There is nothing worse than seeing your family and guests looking stiff and unhappy in your Mitzvah album. A  Mitzvah is an occasion mixed with solemnity and joy and a truly professional Mitzvah photographer is a pro at creatively capturing all the emotions of the special day in a way that conveys many different feelings.

A Mitzvah photographer must be reliable

With all the things that could go wrong on a  Mitzvah day, one of the worst would be a Mitzvah photographer who is late or who doesn’t arrive at all.

Make sure that you get plenty of references before you make your final decision. An unreliable Mitzvah photographer will not be able to stay in the business very long, but it is a good idea to check references anyway.

Sarah Merians Photography and Video Company combines the personal warmth and artistry of a boutique experience blended with unparalleled professional integrity.

Our clients return to our caring, talented Mitzvah photographers year after year with each of their children and that is why New York City’s finest venues and party planners recommend our services.

We serve the entire New York City metropolitan area including Nassau County, Westchester, Connecticut, New Jersey, Fire Island and The Hamptons.

Our work is of exceptional quality and can be viewed online at www.sarahmerians.com.