Becoming a man is easy. Nothing stops time, and we all grow old and grey at some point. But, becoming a real man – well adjusted, humble, kind, personable, passionate, and resolute – well, those are qualities we learn as we grow. Parents teach and guide, and can only hope to instill these qualities in their children. The real leg work is left to each individual. From my first meeting with JD, I recognized a solid human being, eagerly anticipating his Bar Mitzvah with equal parts excitement and apprehension. In like turn, I was feeling somewhat the same from a photographic standpoint. This was my first Bar Mitzvah, and with total artistic free reign, I wanted to capture the intimate moments, the sacredness of the ritual, and the fun that is being an adolescent. The last part wasn’t so hard, as I still think I’m a kid myself! But I loved how everything turned out, and if you’re interested in looking some more, I think you will too.