“It’s not how much or how little you have that makes you great or small, but how much or how little you are with what you have.”
- Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch
After a year or so of playing around with my new camera, I had the opportunity to go to Israel with my father in the summer of 2000. My previous trips out of the US included Haiti, Canada, and Mexico; but I had never tried to document any of those trips in photos.
Over the course of the ten days, I shot almost 35 rolls and kept catalogued every frame. When I got home, I was able to construct an album from the trip. The process opened me up to the idea that I could create something with my photography.
At this stage, I was still clueless to any formal techniques, but I was infatuated with the experience of shooting and creating. I resolved to learn more, but how in the world would I figure this all out?
I spent almost four years of fumbling around in the dark before I was given the opportunity to work for a professional photographer and made the move to digital. I started out doing edits in Photoshop and later I toted gear at a wedding. At the second wedding I worked, he let me use a backup camera to provide some extra coverage. Ten minutes in, I was in full blown love.
The next week, I bought my first digital camera. Over the next year, I worked for two photographers to get experience. It would be safe to say that I became absolutely obsessed with learning everything I could. I would work on photos in the morning, go to the day job, and find myself spending another 5-6 hours after work experimenting with the camera and the computer.
Eventually, I set out on my own to start my own wedding business. I set several goals, but one of the biggest was to photograph a wedding in another country. I’ll tell you that story in the next post, but in the mean time here are a few images for you from Israel.