An Orthodox Jewish Engagement Session

I first met Boruch Noam about eight years ago at his sisters' wedding.  There are four children in his family, two sisters and a brother, and as I worked my way through their weddings over the years, I secretly couldn't wait for his turn.  Boruch Noam loves photography himself, and is just a wonderful person, so I was very interested to see the bride he would choose for himself.  The day finally came, and I got the email that the date was set...and I wasn't available.  "But", he said, "We would LOVE for you to photograph our engagement session!".  Done.  

But there was a catch.

If you don't know, Orthodox Jews live under quite strict rules related to when you can and cannot touch, and in public, the rules are even more pronounced.  So for this session, there would be zero touching, and even holding opposite sides of the same object would not be okay.  

Challenge accepted.

If you've followed my work for any amount of time at all, you'll know that my couples tend to get quite lovey dovey in their sessions.  I always encourage my engaged brides and grooms to just relax and enjoy the experience, and most of the time, that includes touching and allowing me to photograph that connection.  So how does one photograph such a connection without PHYSICAL connection?  Not easy!  Luckily, Boruch Noam chose a perfect bride, and the connection between them is so strong that it was impossible to ignore.  It doesn't hurt that Sheina is gorgeous either :)

Boruch and Sheina, I can't thank you enough for allowing me the privilege of photographing you!  I know you will have a wonderful and beautiful life together, and I can't wait to watch it unfold!