The H. Family | Phineas’s Bar Mitzvah

portrait of bar mitzvah phineas hammer in the garden at temple sinai in shadyside, pittsburgh

You CAN have a bar mitzvah even during a pandemic, and there is no reason to miss out on professional photos, either! Moreover, because Phineas’s bar mitzvah was online in a group video chat, he was able to invite so many relatives and friends that otherwise would not have been able to be present for his coming of age celebration. Bonus points for Covid there… thinking positively!

The morning of his big day, I met Phineas and his two older sisters at Temple Sinai for family portraits as well as portraits of the bar mitzvah boy himself. We got individual photos of each of the kids, focusing on the bar mitzvah boy, of course, along with lots of pictures with the whole family. Because of the pandemic, we had use of the gardens around the temple but not its interior. But the gardens there are beautiful and we ended up with lots of variation! Phineas’ parents had lots of ideas for fun family pictures… I admit one of my favorite pictures from the session is one suggested by Phineas’ dad… the Beatles shot re-enacted across Forbes Ave.

Mazel Tov, Phineas! Here are a handful of my favorite pictures from your session…


How about this beautiful relaxed family portrait below! Right after poor Phineas was lifted up and held aloft by his entire family… it made for some nice relaxed smiles together!

family portrait with bar mitzvah during covid in the garden at temple sinai in shadyside, pittsburgh

I take a handful of bar/bat mitzvah clients per year… contact me today and I will send over more information!

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Pamela Anticole

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Pamela Anticole is a Pittsburgh based newborn and family photographer. Her award winning style is thoughtful and emotional, and your client experience is both relaxed and fun!


Pamela will photograph your baptism, birthday party, anniversary, bar/bat mitzvah, or wedding in a documentary style learned as a newspaper photojournalist. It is her focus on real, natural relationships and ability to anticipate emotional candid moments that bring sensitivity to her work as a documentary photographer. Pamela is located in the Wexford area of Pittsburgh, PA and available for family photography within 45 miles of downtown Pittsburgh. She also offers photography education for parents both online and on location in person in the Pittsburgh area.