Falling In Love – The Evolution, Part Two

“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.

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