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Saturday Night Spencer was the theme, infinite disco balls set the vibe, deep blue ocean of color set by Frost bathed us in light, and Spencer’s giant heart and love for his family was evident from the 

The apex of the party found a circle of love and joy around the legend Harriette Rose Katz who came onto the dancefloor for what is considered her “last dance” surrounded by her loving family. 

It is my highest honor to have documented their family all these years and celebrating Spencer in this magical way was second to none! 

FEATURING

Executive Producers : Gourmet Advisory 

Event Design: Atlas Floral

Lighting: Frost 

Venue: The Pierre

Portrait Shoot Venues: The Great White Way, Times Square

Entertainment: Total Entertainment

Photographers: Michael Jurick, Nathaniel Johnston, and Mark Sweeney

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When it rains, it pours… and in this case it rained awesomeness across the board. I have so many good things to say about this family and this event! Thrilled to complete their Mitzvah hat-trick with gorgeous Roan who broke the mold on every picture taken. Her energy, beauty and zest for celebrating is absolutely contagious – and it all cascades down from super mom and dad, Meg & David who poured their collective creative spirit into this fantastic party. Together with Joseph Todd Events, Frank Alexander, Lawrence Craig catering, and Untouchable Events and my main man, host MC Kevin Thompson, this party was one for the books!

As the swirling lights turned neon deep in the 3rd dance set, a battalion of horns and drums surrounded Roan and giant balloons were released from the 16th story Weylin balcony creating a vision of the ultimate raging party.

While so many amazing moments were part of this event, the heart of it all was Roan’s reading from the Torah. She was poised and made her family proud. We love team Roan beyond – Mazel Tov!!! 

FEATURING

Producer: Joseph St. Cyr of Joseph Todd Events 

Event Design: Frank Alexander

Venue: The Weylin, Brooklyn

Hair/Makeup: Christian Zamora

Catering: Lawrence Craig

Entertainment: Untouchable Events

Photographers: Michael Jurick, Nathaniel Johnston, and Mark Sweeney

Roan’s fashion shoot was a case study in collaboration – her expression & movement enabled lighting and direction to lift these photographs to the next level

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The curtain was raised upon the brand new Moise Safra Center for Moise’s Bar Mitzvah,  setting the stage for a magical weekend. Moise read from the Torah in the beautiful new Ohel Moshe Synagogue at the heart of New York City’s new cultural, educational, recreational, and spiritual center. The Moise Safra Center is home to a community grounded in a love of Israel, Jewish values and traditions. 

Documenting Moise’s Torah reading surrounded by his family, friends some of the most deeply spiritual Rabbi’s was a blessing and unforgettable experience

The celebration began with a gorgeous luncheon in the sun-drenched Banquet Hall with breathtaking views of Manhattan. Green apples and lilys lined the landscape of the room as guests enjoyed sumptuous delicacies including some of the best shakshuka you’ve tasted this side of Tel Aviv.  Friday night’s Shabbat dinner at the Pierre was stunningly designed by David Beahm. The centerpieces were jaw-droppingly beautiful with copper, gold and red tones accented by stunning lighting by Frost Productions. 

Then came party time, as Raul Àvila transformed the classic Metropolitan Club into a Ralph Lauren-inspired Aspen Lodge. Élan Artists kicked-off the evenings festivities with a dance and march of the toy soldiers leading guests upstairs for dinner, games and table-side dancing with the Phly Boyz, singing 1920’s style and modern day acoustic songs – they were a huge hit!  Élan Artists marching band led everyone downstairs for the main event – a full on raging dance party led by DJ legend Morris Faks. Moise’s Mom, Marielle was the creative-in-chief with so many incredible little touches of inspiration which clearly set the direction and enabled a common thread through all the events of the weekend. There were so many amazing moments throughout Moise’s celebration that it was hard to list them all, so enjoy the recap in photographs!

FEATURING

Producer: Norma Cohen Productions

Event Designers: David Beahm, Raul Àvila

Lighting: Frost Productions

Venue: Moise Safra Center, The Pierre, The Metropolitan Club

Catering: Peter Callahan

Entertainment: Élan ArtistsUntouchable Events, DJ Morris Faks

Invitation: Weldon Design

Photographers: Michael Jurick, Kali Ventresca, Nathaniel Johnston, Joesph Spiteri, Shawn Inglima, and Mark Sweeney

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The Guatemalan Caravan is NOT coming for America. In fact, an AMERICAN CARAVAN came to Guatemala and found PARADISE! Not since Malta and Albania have I had such a deep connection to a country. Guatemala was beyond words.
So much color in every form – from magnificent fabrics, the freshest fruit, the most exquisite flowers to the most golden sunsets – this journey really had it all. We began our journey with an overnight stay in Guatemala city and then traveled to the most beautiful location in Guatemala, Lake Atitlan which was surrounded by vistas of stunning volcanoes.

While at the farmers market, we purchased plastic balls to give to the poor children who didn’t have any at Christmas time.

 

We pulled over by the side of the road and dozens of children came running out of the bush to receive toys. It was an unforgettable and completely never to be seen again kind of moment. Look at the faces of pure joy and exhilaration from these poor impoverished children excited for a toy.

 

 

During the Christmas holiday, we were introduced to their specialty cocktail, the beer-soaked, bloody mary

 

As soon as we descended into the valley on Lake Atitlan, we were transformed by the air and sky. It was so clear, it clensed the mind. The temperature was crisp – it felt like 68 degrees all the time. All the food was cooked from scratch. Everything was organic, prepared from sustainable zero-tolerance pesticide farms. The owner of Hotel Atitlan had curated gardens over the past 50 years with flower varieties that date back to the mid 1800s. It would make fans of the Gardens of Versailles smile.

 

The gardens were truly stunning. Each day, I picked a different garden to practice sunrise yoga.

 

 

What would a trip be without family portraits?!!! The gardens of Hotel Atitlan provided magnificent backgrounds.

 

We spent 10 days in this gorgeous country and found its people could not have been any kinder.

 

We had the wonderful experience of being guests of an indigenous family so that we could connect with the locals over a home cooked meal that truly bound our humanity together. No phones, no internet – just a wonderful meal with complete strangers who opened their home to American strangers. That one of a kind feeling was hard to put into words.

 

They prepared hearty soups, fruits, sweet deserts. We brought them balloons and even a few firecrackers to celebrate Christmas with them. We learned about their trade, family history and fell in love with their 99 year old great, great grandmother.

 

When we arrived in Antigua, we learned about the city in the central highlands of Guatemala famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture as well as a number of ruins of colonial churches. It served as the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

 

The smell of firewood wafted from the distance. Volcanos peppered the landscape. Our hotel was a rare bird sanctuary open to fly and sing throughout the grounds. We felt a deep connection to nature and by this point in the trip we all felt a deep sense of peace. We were laughing all week with the kids.

 

The Guatemalan people have reconditioned old American school busses into tricked-out wild, monster-truck-like colored public transportation. We rode a bus to visit Valhala farms to explore the world’s greatest macadamia nuts.

 

We visited the Antigua coffee plantation and spent a few hours immersed in the “seed to cup” production of the world’s most beloved bean. Starbucks is the largest customer of Antigua coffee.

 

 

Hiking and horseback riding up Volcano Picaya was thrilling and made for some spectacular photographs. The leader of our caravan, Avram, led us to the top. Pacaya is an active complex volcano in Guatemala, which first erupted approximately 23,000 years ago and has erupted at least 23 times since the Spanish invasion of Guatemala. Pacaya rises to an elevation of 2,552 metres (8,373 ft).

 

After being dormant for over 70 years, it began erupting vigorously in 1961 and has been erupting frequently since then.

 

Much of its activity is Strombolian, but occasional Plinian eruptions also occur, sometimes showering the area of the nearby Departments with ash.

 

Pacaya is a popular tourist attraction. Pacaya lies 30 kilometers (19 miles) southwest of Guatemala City and close to Antigua. The volcano sits inside the Escuintla Department. So far, the last activity reported has been the eruption that peaked on March 2, 2014 causing ash to rain down in Guatemala City, Antigua and Escuintla.

As many of you have read on my blog, our journeys are not typical. We are not the kind that checks into a resort, never to leave the property. We explore the heart and try to get to the soul of a country to share with our children how the rest of the world truly lives. My blog is more than a showcase for my professional business, it’s a recording of my life and times and as a photographer and writer. I also hope you consider some of these locations for your next journey. Thanks for reading along!

 

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Guatemala City: Restaurant Kacao

Lake Atitlan: Hotel Atitlán – Lake Atitlán, EN

Visit the Villages around Lake Atitlán by Boat – Lake Atitlán, EN

Ixim’che archaeological site – Ixim’che, EN

Explore Antigua and its Local Villages

Christmas dinner with local Authentic Maya Family

Hotel Casa Santo Domingo – Antigua, Guatemala

Pacaya Volcano – Pacaya Volcano, EN.

Thermal Pools at Santa Teresitas Hot Spring Spa

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Documenting the life and (incredible) times of this superstar family has been one exciting journey after another. This past decade, we’ve gone crazy for Averymania, danced with the natives in the Jungles of Morgan, and taken the Q Train to every stop in NYC. So, the only logical place left to celebrate was… outer space…the final frontier…Planet Dean! 

The was quite possibly the best idea to throw an out of this world, interstellar Bar Mitzvah

So many creative moments came together quickly once the rocketship of ideas blasted off and touched-down on Planet Dean. The Executive Director of Mission Control, Anthony Taccetta, ensured all systems were GO. 10, 9, 8, …. 3, 2, 1 BLAST OFF!  There is so much love for this family and everyone joined the mothership to celebrate the completion of their quadruple collection of Bat and Bar Mitzvah Missions!

FEATURING

Executive Producer Mission Control: Anthony Taccetta 

Event Design: Anthony Taccetta

Lighting: Power Posse

Venue: Sony Playstation Theater

Portrait Shoot Venues: Rose Center Planetarium, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Catering: Creative Edge

Entertainment: Untouchable Events

Photographers: Michael Jurick, Nathaniel Johnston, Joseph Spiteri, Nina Galicheva, and Mark Sweeney

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As the daughter of one of the best event décor and designers in the world, (Jennifer Gould), Jessie made her Mitzvah debut in high style and set the bar to a new level with her fashion shoot. High above the city on the rooftop of the Conrad Hotel and surrounding riverside hotspots, Jessie added supermodel swagger into these photographs.

Later, with help from superstar beauty/fashion event makeup queen Carli Bybel, Jessie stunned her friends and guests with a look that said, “let’s party!”

After photographing her older brother Ryan (blog post here), it was her turn in the spotlight. Hearty Mazel Tov once again to my good friends Jennifer and Andrew and their family in celebration of Jessie – what an experience!

FEATURING

Producer: Jennifer Gould

Event Design: Jennifer Gould

Hair/Makeup: Carli Bybel

Lighting: Fusion Lighting

Venue: Hudson Loft

Fashion Shoot Venue: Conrad Hotel

Fashion Shoot Stylist: Alexis Sposato

Catering: Matt Miller Culinary

Invitation: Alpine Creative

Entertainment: Total Entertainment

Photographers: Michael Jurick, Nathaniel Johnston, and Mark Sweeney

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In order to grow as an artist, you have to look back at your celebrations from the past year. As 2018 came to a close, I felt like it was a rocket ship of activity. We were making portraits in all locations around the city – in the pouring rain, in the gorgeous bright sunshine and everywhere in between. I am a potrait artist at my core. And oh yeah, can we talk about that cover photo of Eden Jurick above? I captured her at the base of Volcano Pacaya in Gautemala during a raging setting sun this past December. #Epic

I’m super proud of the portraits we created in the past year and that’s why I wanted to kick off the year in review with a look back at New York portraits, Jurick style. 

Some of you know about my son Jonah Jurick’s musical alias Hei$t – he’s been steadily working though almost a dozen tracks which was a big story for him last year and I’m psyched to share a few of my favorites below – especially since we collaborated on the cover of his single, “Daydreamin” photographed in Guatemala. Check out his latest tracks “Daydreamin” and “$ix Currencies” right here:

Daydreamin (prod. Johnny High) - SoundCloud
(168 secs long, 5710 plays)Play in SoundCloud
$ix Currencies - SoundCloud
(138 secs long, 24824 plays)Play in SoundCloud

One of my favorite Bat Mitzvah dresses of the year – Jovani Designs worn by Jessie

A Star is Born

Shooting for a perfect holiday card concept – this one couldn’t be “sweeter”!

COLOR INFRARED

Another exciting area of artistic focus last year was my work with color infrared, a logical extension of my fine art infrared work. 

From Montana to Lake Como to Jerusalem, all images are striking in color infrared

MESMERIZING ROOMS

We are so grateful to work with so many talented artists, caterers, creatives, producers and planners in this industry. It’s a pleasure to collaborate to create beauty and joy for our clients.

Phish NYE Balloon Drop 2018 - YouTube

During last year’s Phish show on new year’s eve at MSG, I captured this photograph through heart-shaped diffraction glasses which transform an already incredible scene into multicolored, heart-filled wonderland! Had to share this.

PARTAY

Another exciting area of artistic focus last year was my work with color infrared, a logical extension of my fine art infrared work. 

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Once upon a time, I met Lindsey and it was instant BFAFS (Best Friends At First Site). Through kismet, the universe enabled our families to come together and I was able to capture Lindsey for here incredible fashion shoot and our team was able to document her absolutely “Lindsane” Bat Mitzvah!
Lindsey’s personality is “sensationally” unique. She is wise beyond her years, funnier than anyone her age can be, and owns a fashion shoot like nobody’s business. Spending time with Lindsey and her family is a honor – and personally, if you ask me, it’s kind of like going to the greatest comedy show in town. I just love them!
Jospeh St. Cyr of Joseph Todd Events, Nicola and their whole team created the framework for a fantastic experience which was “served” up in the “sweetest” way by Jennifer Gould who created an inCONEceivbly delicious ice cream room design at the venue Second which became the talk of the town.
However, family and guests barely kept their cool as the temperature of the party reached a boiling point straight out of the gate for a full-tilt rager that melted all the ice pops in the room! Here’s the collection of Lindsey’s unforgettable Bat Mitvah – Mazel Tov BFF – and happy new year to you and your family – “sensational!” :)

FEATURING

Producer: Jospeh St. Cyr and Jospeh Todd Events

Event Design: Jennifer Gould / Dianna Gould LLC

Venue: Second

Entertainment: Untouchable Events & DJ Mark Z

Montage / Film: Jesse Hartman / Hart Studios Mitzvahs

Photographers: Michael Jurick, Kali Ventresca and Mark Sweeney

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What happens at Danny B’s stays at Danny B’s! That was the phrase that set the theme in motion to become a wild party in NYC at the Pierre Hotel that reflected a classic night in Las Vegas. Danny is a super handsome basketball superstar – wrapped in a kind soul and he was absolutely ready to rock his Bar Mitzvah. We kicked off our time together creating portraits along the Hudson river which later became an incredible “Danny wall” at the party.

The heart and soul of his Bar Mitzvah was his tefillin practice and Torah reading at Park East Synagogue Thursday morning prior to the party. The intimacy, warmth and glow of the family were hard to describe in words. It was so special to be part of this service.

Danny deserved to celebrate big time – and his A-team rose to the occasion to deliver a truly unforgettable night!

FEATURING

Producer: Melissa Rosenbloom and Gourmet Advisory

Lighting: Peter Markowitz & Frost Lighting

Event Design: DeJuan Stroud

Venue: The Pierre Hotel

Entertainment: Untouchable Events

Makeup Stations: Blushington

Invitations: Alpine Creative Group

Swag: Jen Stoler And That

Montage & Video: Hart Pictures

Photographers: Michael Jurick, Nathaniel Johnston, and Mark Sweeney

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Texas is the state where things are done in a big way. For example, The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the entire state of Rhode Island. So as twin sons of their Texas native mom, Natalie, it’s no surprise that Benjamin and Brian celebrated their Bar Mitzvah with a super bowl sized weekend event in the heart of New York City.

When the boys were born, it was mom Natalie’s dream to host their Mitzvah weekend for family and friends steeped in Jewish tradition. Shabbat dinner was hosted at the beautiful Jewish Museum for out of town guests. Jennifer Gould designed the room with a nod to all the sports Benjamin and Brian love. See the super creative tablescapes in the photographs below.

Through the years Natalie and hubby Brett kept meticulous notes about how the event would unfold – especially when it came to food and food presentation. As you will see in these photographs, food takes center stage with Michael Scott orchestrating the symphony of delicious arrangements.

Benjamin and Brian’s Torah reading was celebrated with a luncheon at Cooper Hewitt’s gorgeous courtyard under a grand tent designed by Jennifer Gould that expanded upon her work the prior night. Soccer, tennis, hockey, baseball, golf, and football mixed seamlessly with the spectacular variety of food both passed and presented on long tables. Michael Scott’s team again delivered culinary magic. 

Later that night, it was game-on! All guests arrived in their finest spectator chic attire, wearing jersey’s from their favorite sports teams. I personally donned my New Orleans Saint’s official NFL jersey and let me tell you there is nothing better than photographing an event wearing that sports team PRIDE! David Stark Design created a massive Game Day experience using the scope of Pier 60 and re-inventing what you would never expect from a space on the Hudson River. Larger than life french fries, hot sauce, red solo cups and more were on displays around the bar to delight guests. Hot dogs, pretzels and beer were served as “rah, rah, rah” anthems played over loudspeakers as guests entered “Barth Stadium.” Ali and Maya from Alimay Events brought it all together, conceptualizing every play and managing the creative talent on the team with a game-winning plan.

At the center of it all were Benjamin and Brian who brought their A-game to win the Bar Mitzvah superbowl title.

 
FEATURING
Planner: Alimay Events
Photography: Michael Jurick, Molly Leon, Joseph Spiteri, Mark Sweeney, Kali Ventresca
Video: Hart Pictures 
 
Pre-Game
Venue: Jewish Museum
Decor and Lighting: Jen Gould for Diana Gould
Catering: Michael Scott Events
Papery: Alpine Creative Group
Benchers: Let’s Bench
 
Warm Up
Venue: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Decor: Jen Gould for Diana Gould
Lighting: Bestek
Catering: Michael Scott Events
Papery: Alpine Creative Group
Trimmings: Alimay Events
Music: Tizmoret
 
Game On
 Venue: Pier Sixty
Catering Adults: Pier Sixty
Catering Kids: Michael Scott Events
Event Design and Decor: David Stark 
Papery: Alpine Creative Group
DJ and Games: Total Entertainment
Band: Rubix Kube
Trimmings: Alimay Events
Swag: Freeman Roberts and Alimay Events
Lighting and Sound: NMR Events
Rentals: Taylor Creative and Party Rental LTD
Video and Montage: Hart Pictures
Bouncers: Bar Mitzvah Bouncers
Food Trucks: Morgenstern’s, Dō, Dinosaur BBQ, Eddies Pizza, Glazed and Confused 

In the summer, we “kicked off” the experience together with an incredible pre-event photoshoot along the Hudson river to capture these two in their game-ready gear. Mazel Tov boys – it was an honor to create photographic art for your family on this unforgettable milestone.

Shabbat dinner was hosted at the beautiful Jewish Museum for out of town guests. Jennifer Gould designed the room with a nod to all the sports Benjamin and Brian love. See the super creative tablescapes in the photographs below.

Through the years mom Natalie and hubby Brett kept meticulous notes about how the event would unfold – especially when it came to food and food presentation. As you will see in these photographs, food takes center stage with Michael Scott orchestrating the symphony of delicious arrangements. 

Benjamin and Brian’s Torah reading was celebrated with a luncheon at Cooper Hewitt’s gorgeous courtyard under a grand tent designed by Jennifer Gould that expanded upon her work the prior night. Soccer, tennis, hockey, baseball, golf, and football mixed seamlessly with the spectacular variety of food both passed and presented on long tables. Michael Scott’s team again delivered culinary magic. 

Later that night, it was game-on! All guests arrived in their finest tailgate party chic jersey’s from their favorite sports teams. David Stark Design created a massive superbowl experience using the scope of Pier 60 and re-inventing what you would ever expect from a space on the Hudson River. Larger than life french fries, hot sauce, red solo cups and more were on displays around the bar to delight guests. Hot dogs, pretzels and beer were served as “rah, rah, rah” anthems played over loudspeakers as guests entered “Barth Stadium.” Ali and Maya from Alimay Events brought it all together managing the creative talent on the team with a game-winning plan.

At the center of it all were Benjamin and Brian who brought their A-game to win the Bar Mitzvah superbowl title.

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