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Rhode Island Portrait Project: Rabbi Wayne Franklin from Temple Emanuel

I have another installment of my very exciting portrait project. I love my community and there are some amazing people making Rhode Island a wonderful place to live. I have decided to photograph the people who are really making “IT” happen here in my community in a (hopefully) creative and fun way that tells a story about who those people are and what they are doing for their little section of the world.

Rabbi Wayne Franklin is a wonderful man. He is the kind of man that you immediately feel comfortable talking with. I have spent many hours conversing with him, and soaking up his warm intelligence. What strikes me about Rabbi Franklin is his openness to explore. He is always ready to dig deeper and look closely at humanity. As a non Jewish person, I have burdened him with many questions that he has tirelessly answered, and I am grateful for his generosity of spirit. I am also impressed with not only the strength of his conviction, but the wealth of knowledge that he offers his congregation at Temple Emanuel in Providence. He is a scholar in the truest sense of the word, so when I photographed him I wanted his library to be included in our portrait. I think we created a beautiful portrait, and I am proud to share it with you now.

Here is a link to some of the other portraits I have created for this project

Rabbi Wayne Franklin of Temple Emanuel in Providence RI  by Seth Jacobson

Rabbi Wayne Franklin of Temple Emanuel in Providence RI
by Seth Jacobson

Portraits, Weddings, Bar Mitzvah’s OH MY 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, here are just a small taste of the photos we created during 2013! Dig it!

Bar Mitzvah Photography at Temple Emanu-el and The Marriott in Providence RI

I had the pleasure of photographing the Bar Mitzvah of Aaron Jennis this past weekend at Temple Emanu-el in Providence Rhode Island. The reception was held at The Marriott also in Providence what a wonderful event to be a part of. Thank you to the Jennis family for having me! This fantastic event was put together by a great team of folks that worked extremely hard to accomplish what you see here. Thank you to Bonnie Gold of Gold Events she always does and excellent job! Thank you to Donna DiOrio from The Marriott for your hard work! And Siagel Productions who as always put on a great show!

Bar Mitzvah Photos, Providence RI at Temple Emanuel

Jeremiah’s Bar Mitzvah at Temple Emanuel in Providence RI

Event Planning by Bonnie Gold of Gold Events!


Entertainment by Siagel Productions


This is all the photos from the event. What a fun night it was! Thank you to Guy and Sara for hosting and congrats to Jeremiah on his achievement!

Bar Mitzvah Photos from Temple Emanuel in Providence RI

I have had the pleasure of working a Temple Emanuel in Providence RI quite a few times and it is always a wonderful experience. Jeremiah’s Bar Mitzvah was no exception! In fact it was one of the fun-est and rocking-est events I have ever been at! Jeremiah is a very talented young man who actually performed for the crowd that night! Plus we had some really top-notch professionals working to make the event work in the best way possible.

Starting with Bonnie Gold from Gold Event Planning She always does a fantastic job and this Bar Mitzvah was amazing because of all the hard work she did!

The DJ and entertainment was from Siagel Productions it is no exaggeration to say that I have never seen a DJ work harder and get people dancing and moving than these folks! WOW!

And last but certainly not least Colleen Randall from “The C Bar” She managed to serve tons of 13-year-old kids about 30,000 Shirley Temples and still keep a smile on her face the whole night…

Thanks all!

Bar Mitzvah Portrait at Temple Emanuel in Providence RI

Jeremiah at Temple Emanuel

Jeremiah is a confident and talented young man I wanted to capture that in his portrait. I think we got it! This was taken out side with an ISO of 160 on my 70-200 lens zoomed to 116mm F7.1 with and a shutter speed of 1/250th which is the maximum shutter for syncing with off camera flash. I used an off camera flash held up and camera right see photo by Josh his younger brother. Straight flash no modifiers to make it a little more dramatic.

Portrait set up shot