I recently had the opportunity to photograph one of the most meaningful, hand-crafted rites of passage I've ever witnessed - certainly among the 13 year-old set! Juliet, whose family identify themselves as Humanistic Jews, chose to become a Bat Mitzvah in a very non-traditional way, and worked for a year to create a ceremony that reflected her own views of what it means to call herself a Jew and a young woman, both historically as well as in the here and now. It was an honor to document her day and record all the thought and hard work put into every piece of it.

xox, annemie