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About Josef Samuel

I’m a professional wedding and portrait photographer, videographer, graphic designer, and website designer based in South Bend Indiana. I also love to travel and have visited numerous countries around the world. I'd love to talk to you about photographing your wedding or event. Contact me today!

Brand New Website ReDesign

I'm excited to launch a brand new website redesign. This powerful and cutting edge website includes new integrations across several platforms. One of the features is the addition of a self-hosted, integrated online store where I can create and list an unlimited number of products as well as handle bookings, subscriptions, gift cards, shirts and apparel without having to use a third party or direct to another website. It also features a seamless mobile design for tablets and phones. It's also upgradeable, which is excellent for security purposes and to keep it current with the latest browser technologies. And the best part of it all is that since it's self hosted,  no need for third parties! While it'll still take some time to fully develop it, I'm excited for all the new potential! "All our dreams can come true if we if we have the courage to pursue them." Walt Disney

By |2020-09-16T19:59:49+00:00|Design, News|

Expanding to Europe

I've been doing a lot of traveling and am excited to be expanding to Europe on a more frequent basis. I'll be doing a lot of photography and have a particular interest in eastern Europe and its history. I'll still work in the USA but my schedule will be more limited in the future as I will be traveling back and forth. This will be an interesting year.

By |2020-08-25T13:46:23+00:00|News, World Travel|

Nashville Video Project

I've been working for several weeks here in Nashville on a video project! While I'm based in Michiana, I do travel for work. It's been a great experience working on this project, more details coming in the future!

By |2020-03-07T06:53:44+00:00|Design, News|

Beach Shoot with Shayla

Saint Joseph Michigan is one of my favorite places to do photoshoots. It's a really picturesque town and the beach is great for sunsets. We spent an afternoon exploring the town and then taking some photos at the beach. Always a great time!

By |2020-08-25T17:22:49+00:00|News, Portraits|

This is Africa: Arrival and First Impressions

That was a long series of flights! I took off from Washington Dulles around 10am and flew directly to Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. This was a 12 hour flight. Addis Ababa is on the eastern side of Africa, and the first thing I noticed in the airport airport was the number of Chinese tourists. About half of the people there were African, then maybe 35% were Chinese, with some Indian, European, and Americans as the rest. Interesting! So after about a 2 hour layover, I had to fly back to the western side of Africa to Abuja, Nigeria on a 4.5 hour flight. My body was so confused after all the back and forth, I didn’t even know what time or day it was when I arrived at Abuja because I had been through so many timezones! Here is a photo arriving into Ethiopia :) Isn't the engine cool? On the tarmac in Ethiopia. Loved walking out and getting

By |2020-08-26T02:05:17+00:00|News, World Travel|

Running the Mad Dash in Belgrade, Serbia

It was a lovely spring day in Belgrade. I found Belgrade to be so quiet, calm, and peaceful. And very clean and beautiful. Also had all these intriguing soviet vestiges. One thing I did notice here though were all the refugees sleeping in parks. When I first got off the train and was walking trying to find the hostel, I was walking through a park and noticed all these blankets strewn about everywhere. On a second look, I realized that people were sleeping in them. I wasn't expecting it so I was a little surprised but it took a second to see that these folks were all refugees and I almost felt a little rude walking through the park as I didn't want to disturb them. Below is a photo of one of the parks. Near the station there were a few parks and the other ones were even more full. When the hostel told me there wasn't any room

By |2020-08-25T21:33:23+00:00|News, World Travel|

Exploring Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia was a nice, peaceful place. Very Soviet and a lot of eastern orthodox elements there. Compared to Istanbul, Sofia seemed nearly deserted as the population of Istanbul rivals places like Delhi, India or some big cities in China. Lots of people there, so Sofia was very laid back, chill and relaxed. It was a breath of fresh air :) I took an overnight train/bus from Istanbul (bus to the Bulgarian border then train to Sofia) and I didn't get much sleep at all because I was talking with the other passengers. We had some really interesting guys from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, a guy from Romania, and some others. It was just us and at like 2am we were all sitting in one train car right after we crossed the border. The lights were on and the train wasn't moving. Maybe the conductor was still sleeping or something because we had just gone through the checkpoint, climbed on the train

By |2020-08-25T19:17:34+00:00|News, World Travel|

Surviving a Suicide Bombing Attack

It was early Saturday morning when a blast went through the air. We were out by the popular Sultanahmet square which is the center of the historic part of Istanbul. An attack had occurred here before as it is usually packed with tourists. However since it was early on Saturday, a lot of shops were still closed. The attack happened on Istiklal street, which is a really busy street. Usually on weekends and even during the week it's quite packed. There are all kinds of shops and basically where everyone goes to shop or walk around. The attacker was apparently targeting a group of Israeli tourists but got scared off when he was noticed by security personnel. Then he blew up. See how packed it is? And this is on a week night, not even a weekend! Fortunately, Saturday morning is the time when it's the least busy, as everyone has stayed up late on Friday night to party (except

By |2020-08-25T18:20:49+00:00|News, World Travel|
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