Modern Bat Mitzvah Photography

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JUSTINE UNGARO

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I love gorgeous design and am rather obsessed with mid-century modern everything including my home. My house was built in 1955 and 2 maltese dogs & a husband live with me there. Daphne & Simon (weighing in at 12 pounds total) come to work with me every day to do security detail for my studio and to "protect" me from potential clients strolling by on Ventura Blvd. My husband, Gary is a brilliant Production Designer in the TV industry. Sometimes we get dressed up and go to awards shows but most days I can be found trying to pass off some sort of pajama-esque outfit as real clothing. But only black clothes, we only wear black. It's kind of our thing. #wewearblack

I grew up in the Washington DC area, where my mother was also a photographer (still is actually). I remember creeping down the dusty unfinished basement stairs to investigate the glow of the red light in the corner room. The smell of fixer (that's a toxic darkroom chemical) still makes me feel all kind of nostalgia. Perhaps needless to say, I learned photography the old fashioned way on film. Much to my dismay, a few years later I had to re-learn everything when the digital revolution crept into maturity. It's been a whole bunch of years since then so you can breathe a sigh of relief to know that I really really know what I'm doing. My work has been published in lots of magazines and shit. (You don't care which ones, do you?) I've been on some lists of the top wedding photographers in the US. I have no idea if any such lists exist of mitzvah photographers but I'd like to be on that list too. Sometimes I speak at photography conventions and conferences, I've won some awards (some are made of glass and others are plastic) and I've been named as one of Profoto's Legends of Light. I use Profoto lights to make your faces and bodies look all sorts of beautiful (and visible) when you decide to have your party in a pitch black cave of a venue. ;) That's a little photographer humor there.

Now that you have suffered through the obligatory resume nonsense, I would like to emphasize that what is entirely more important is what you can tell me about you, about your family, your event. I'm truly honored to become intimately acquainted with each family, becoming a part of your story and creating memories you didn't even know you wanted until you got them. I believe that the experience of being photographed is just as important if not more so than the images themselves. It's not uncommon to see me with a kid on my back (sometimes they need a better view) or giving hugs to all of my young friends who might be guests at your party. 

Anything else you'd like to know? Let's chat or meet or email. 

xo, Justine

 

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