New York mom Stacey Leibowitz just celebrated her daughter Charlotte’s Bat Mitzvah. The party, planned by Partow Events and held at Brooklyn’s 26Bridge, included a Mitzvah Montage from Portraits that Move.
Stacey says “I cherish the montage for a moving snapshot of our lives with our daughter to this point. It captures her with her most important relationships – friends, family, camp life, dance – all the things that matter most to her.”
We couldn’t be happier to hear this! We chatted with Stacey about the Mitzvah Montage process, and what the experience was like for her an her family. Here’s what she had to say.
What were your expectations for the Mitzvah Montage creation process? How did the experience compare to your expectations?
I was amazed at how easy the process with Susannah was. The hardest part was culling down photos and getting my 13 year old to agree to which photos we were ‘allowed’ to use!
In one 45 minute call, Susannah engaged me and my daughter, asked her thoughtful questions and started to frame an approach to the video. We were able to complete the process after two reviews, during which Susannah was supportive and had great suggestions. The second and final version took our suggestions and made them even better. Her editor is fantastic.
After watching the montage, what struck you the most?
In 5 minutes, Susannah encapsulated the joy that our daughter has within her and that joy that she shares with her family and friends.
She was able to take my daughter’s choice of music and made it flow and really align to the moment in the photos.
What was the reaction at the Mitzvah celebration?
The video was the perfect length. There was laughter, lots of oohs and aahs, and many tears. A perfect reaction!
Have people shared the montage since the event?
It is wonderful to have the link to share. We did not share it broadly, but sent to family after the bat mitzvah. It allowed them to savor the moments that they may have missed in a large event space and made it a more intimate experience. I’m sure the Grandmas have watched it over and over!