|About Josef Samuel, Photographer|
Hi I'm Joe and I am a full time, professional wedding and event photographer. I am very passionate about what I do and would love to talk to you about photographing your wedding or event :)
I got my start in photography back in college. Shortly after graduating, I started photographing weddings and really fell in love with it. I've been privileged to have photographed couples in 16th century monasteries, in Incan ruins, in Mexican forts, in the Notre Dame Basilica and other cool places.
In the summer sometimes photography interns come and help out at the studio. These are usually college students majoring in photography and it's a lot of fun doing photography together. Videography is also something that I offer, and I can provide anything from aerial to underwater professional video and photography.
What am I doing when not taking pictures at weddings or events in South Bend? Traveling and going on adventures! I love to travel and go to interesting places around the world. I have quite a few stories to tell and so many photos to share. The stories on my blog are barely scratching the surface!
So far I've been through North, Central, and South America (spent several years in the Andes!), through Europe several times, Asia and China, Australia even to New Zealand. In early 2017 I'll be traveling through Africa and then heading back into Europe. I love Europe :) but what's most interesting are the people I meet along the way. I've met some really interesting folks and it's almost like I have homes in various countries around the world :)
These are just a sample of the places I've been to. Check out my Instagram @joesadventures for more travel pics...sorry if it takes me about a year or two to post something from a trip!
Also, if you have a project abroad and need photography or videography, shoot me a line. I have a good amount of experience doing photoshoots internationally!
My photo studio is located in downtown South Bend Indiana and am finally done with all the remodeling! Some friends and I put in every single tile on the floor and repainted the walls about seven times (had to be just the right shade of gray) and even took out the drop ceiling and completely refinished it. Took a lot of work but I'm so happy how it turned out!
It's a great place to work in and also serves as a showroom where clients can see the photo products that I offer. I can also do photoshoots for portraiture, products and even teach photography classes. In the summer, sometimes college students majoring in photography come do internships and learn photography :) It's a happening place!
One of my passions is to help the community by donating or offering reduced prices of my photography services to various charities and non-profits. For instance, I've been actively involved with United Way for the past few years and several others.
Now recently I'm volunteering with World Partners and will go to Africa in early 2017 to support them! Also another one I'm recently involved with is Ebenezer Christian School, a school in Arequipa, Peru that helps poor families by giving their kids an education. This is a great way to end the poverty cycle!
These are some of the charities and non-profits we've helped in the past. Every year it seems like I add some to my list!
I have a lot of interests. I guess I would say I'm a naturally curious kind of person, I really enjoy learning in general. I love to play guitar, classical, acoustic, and eletric. Each has its own style. Of course I'm a huge Dream Theater fan. Really the only band that I always pay to see and get front row tickets. If you're the rare person that likes DT, then you can be my friend :)
I'm trying to learn Russian so that's been a work in progress! Just need to find someone to help me with it. I'm also working on upping my chess game and trying to learn how to cook more exotic dishes :) I like history, so when I'm working on photos, I'm usually watching a documentary as well. From the Roman empire to important chess matches to World War II to airplane crashes, to TED Talks, to medieval warfare, to secret government programs, and so many more. I'm very curious about it!
Topics like the quantum levels, string theory, higher dimensions, black holes, quasars, super novas are all very interesting. The universe, stars, planets, alien worlds, rhombic dodecahedrons in Lobachevskian geometry and Calabi Yau manifolds are right up my alley.
I always like a good puzzle, so Sudoku, the Voynich Manuscript, the Antikythera Mechanism, the Enigma machine, and the Magic Eye fascinate me. I even own a copy of the Codex Seraphinianus, whenever I need my imagination to explode I peruse through this codex.