Neshama Leah | Simchat Bat Photos | Washington DC Portrait Photographer

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Welcome to the world to Neshama Leah! I had the pleasure of meeting this little one at her very own baby naming ceremony at Ohev Sholom: The National Synagogue in Washington, DC. This was my first Simchat Bat and I was in awe. I love the tradition of officially welcoming a baby into a community. Neshama Leah was carried in the arms of her grandmother into a room filled with friends and family, in between two rows of loved ones. At the end of the aisle, she was passed into the arms of her other grandmother and then into the arms of her great-grandmother. Throughout the entirety of the ceremony, Neshama Leah never left the warm embrace of her female elders. Her family performed songs for her and her parents thanked all who take an active role in their family and children’s lives, while explaining the origin of their newest daughter’s name. As tradition goes, Neshama Leah is named after another great-grandmother who passed away just days before Neshama Leah’s birth. While remembering their loved one, parents Andrea and Ariel wished for their daughter to take from her great-grandmother’s spirit and virtues. I left this celebration feeling grateful that this new life has been born into such deep-rooted love and that I was invited to witness it all. Enjoy!

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