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About Josef Samuel

I’m a professional wedding and portrait photographer, 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!

Israel: Visiting the Holy Land

I recently had the opportunity to visit Israel! It was an incredible experience. It was particularly special because my parents also came along as part of their 50th wedding anniversary celebration :) We toured the Holy Land and learned a lot about history, wars, conflicts, and why there's so much turmoil in the Middle East. The photo above is a sunrise over the Dead Sea. Swimming in it felt like swimming in oily water, almost had like a sticky film to it because of the salt. But it was pretty cool, of course I had to taste it a little bit to see just how salty it was. And yes it was super salty! We stayed in a hotel with this as our view. An amazing experience! Ceaseara was a port city built to honor Caesar by King Herod. Of course, he was crafty politician so he needed to kiss up if he wanted to stay in good terms with

By |2021-05-06T15:29:54-04:00|World Stories Journal|

Adventures in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina

We arrived in the evening. The bus ride was actually quite nice and the scenery was just amazing! Bosnia is a really beautiful country. Reminded me of Bolivia, Virginia and Pennsylvania all mixed into one. The mountains were beautiful, the roads were very smooth, and the views were just amazing. Anyway, we finally arrived only to find out that the bus station was not actually in Sarajevo! So during the trip I had been talking to my two Italian friends (in my previous post I explained how we barely made it on the bus and the bus driver was just being mean and we weren't able to communicate with him) Usually everyone is so nice but this guy was just not in a good mood or something. Anyway, getting on the bus in Belgrade I was hot, sweaty, hadn't shaved in a couple of days and was generally a mess. I had run the mad dash trying to find an

By |2021-05-06T15:30:46-04:00|World Stories Journal|

Arequipa, Peru Wedding Shoot and Video

Arequipa, Peru is known as the Ciudad Blanca, or White City, because all the early buildings were built with white volcanic rocks. There are still buildings being built with these white rocks today. The huge volcano, Misti, is a trademark icon of the city of Arequipa. This is a short behind the scenes video of our shoot. We photographed in the historic Plaza de Armas in downtown Arequipa, then headed to the Yanahuara Cathedral for some photos with the famous Misti volcano in the background. Shooting on Calle Mercaderes near the center of town. The Plaza de Armas in downtown Arequipa. In the Plaza Yanahuara overlooking the city. This maestro played for us. The cathedral entrance. With the Cathedral of Yanahuara in the background. Congrats Xavier and Janira!

By |2021-12-05T11:24:33-05:00|News|

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