First off, Mazel Tov on your upcoming Jewish wedding! Our studio has photographed Jewish weddings for many years. In fact, we are well known as San Diego Jewish wedding photographers. This is because we have photographed at practically all Jewish wedding venues, if not all. It's possible you may be getting married somewhere traditional. For example, a synagogue, shul, or temple. Or, you may be holding your ceremony and reception somewhere modern. For example, a boutique downtown location. We know that Jewish weddings take all shapes and sizes. With our depth of experience, we will be ready to photograph your own wedding, and to make the photography uniquely yours.
About Our San Diego Jewish Wedding Photography
As San Diego wedding photographers, we are proud to photograph throughout the San Diego Jewish community. It is worth noting that there are a wide variety of Jewish congregations here in San Diego. From Reform to Conservative to Orthodox, there is something for every level of observance. There are also Reconstructionist synagogues, and those focused on spiritualism. Each of these congregations has Jewish couples who are entering a new stage in the Jewish lifecycle - the engagement. From there, the wedding follows shortly afterward.
We are here to be your photographer of choice, throughout the entire process. Starting with the engagement photo shoot, our photography team will begin producing images for you that are fun and creative. Because we have an eye for detail, we are able to set up the photos to be dynamic and visually interesting.
Planning An Engagement Photo Shoot For Your Jewish Wedding
Many Jewish couples make use of their engagement photos during the wedding planning. For example, you may choose to have your engagement photo printed on your wedding invitations. Or, you may be creating a custom siddur or bencher (after-meal prayer book) during your wedding. If so, you can use your engagement photo shoot images on the cover! Or perhaps you are creating a keepsake print for your wedding guests to sign. This is the perfect application for your engagement photos. When finished, you will have a memento to frame. This can be a beautiful centerpiece in your new home together. As you can see, there are a lot of practical uses for your engagement photos.
Of course, the engagement shoot is a precursor to the Jewish wedding itself. Engagement shoots are not mandatory, especially if you live far away and you are coming in for a destination wedding. Or, if you have other priorities besides the engagement shoot, you do not need to add one into your package. But if budget will allow, we highly recommend having an engagement photo shoot with our photography team. It is a great activity as a couple, and it marks the official countdown clock to the actual Jewish wedding. Exciting!
Photography During Your Jewish Wedding
As seasoned wedding photographers, we understand that Jewish weddings may have different traditions and practices. We are completely respectful of your level of observance. We will also tailor our services accordingly. For example, some weddings are religious and follow traditional customary practices. This may include a Ketubah signing, Tish, Bedeken, and other Jewish rites. If this is the case, we will talk beforehand about your intended schedule. This way, we will be able to provide full coverage of your wedding, and plan our photography hours accordingly. It will enable us to use our time most effectively for you!
Other Jewish weddings may follow different customs. For example, there may be a Chuppah (wedding canopy) and the shattering of glass. You may have a Hamotzi (Blessing over the challah bread) during the wedding reception. Or, you may not! However you structure your wedding, around the observances that matter most to you, we will follow suit. We may even learn something new from the traditions you celebrate!
Still other Jewish weddings are interfaith; that is, one person in the couple is of a different religious background. In this event, you may likely have a non-denominational officiant. Or, you may combine traditions and customs from each person, for a blended interpretation. Well before the wedding, we will talk through specifics like this. With advance preparation, we will be able to set up our wedding photography around your day. This ensures that we cover all the moments you will cherish most, along with the smaller details.
The Wedding Reception
A Jewish wedding reception is typically quite a party. Dating back many generations, the dancing portion of the evening may include a Horah. This cardio blast is a kind of Klezmer (Jewish Jazz) that has roots across Eastern Europe. Your guests will love getting out of their chairs and dancing their hearts out. There is something about Jewish music that captivates young and old alike - especially at a Jewish wedding. And we will be there to capture every moment! Our photographers are brave souls who place themselves in the center of the action. This way, they are able to photograph the smiles and expressions without being obtrusive. After the wedding, you won't believe the images they were able to capture!
Your Jewish Wedding Budget
We are here to help when it comes to allocating the budget for your Jewish wedding. Particularly, we will have insights to share on the photography and videography side. Perhaps you already have a budget set aside for your San Diego Jewish wedding photography. Or, you may be looking for ideas and recommendations. Regardless, you will want to contact our studio. We will be here to discuss ideas, share inspiration from past events, and to begin planning your Jewish wedding photography. We are excited to photograph for you!