Saturday, August 27, 2011

A proposal...

He proposed.... I accepted...

The ring was designed by my someone and the ring maker, Kalanit Torbati. He knew I didn't really fancy diamonds and so he chose my favorite stone, Blue Sapphire, to be placed on this ring.
I am absolutely elated!
Soon to become Mrs. Someone :)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

A special Wedding

A couple of weeks ago I shot a very special wedding. This was the wedding of Gili & Aharon, and it took place at the cave in Beit Govrin in Israel. I have shot many weddings before, all of which were Jewish weddings, but this was my first traditional religious Jewish wedding. The difference is in the details. Everything is more meaningful, every action has a reason, and the feeling of that entire day was more spiritual and holy.
Gili & Aharon did not see each-other for seven days before the wedding. In fact, they did not see each-other on the wedding day until just moments before the Huppa, when Aharon came and covered Gili with the veil. When their eyes re-met each-other at that special moment you could feel how much they love one another, and how much they've waited to reunite again. At the end of the ceremony, surrounded by chanting and dancing friends & family, Gili & Aharon were lead to their private room to spend their first moments together as husband & wife. Even the dancing at this wedding felt special & unique. The vibes and energy that everyone brought to this wedding were let out in their dancing, and I must say, this felt as the most joyous wedding party I have ever shot.
Thank you Gili & Aharon for letting me take part in your special day!

Monday, August 08, 2011

Talking about a revolution...

In the past month, give or take, there has been a revolution stirring up here in Israel. What had started on the pages of Facebook, an "event" calling people to come and live in tents in the center of Tel-Aviv, is now a full-bodied protest carried out in all corners of the country. It started with a simple cry-out for affordable housing, as opposed to the current situation of sky-rocketing rent prices and un-achievable price tags for buying a home. Since then every aspect of living has been added to this protest, all under the blanket of social justice.
It started with students & young couples, then the doctors & interns joined in, then the farmers, the mothers, the independents & freelancers, the therapists, the social workers, EVERYONE. Well, everyone but those who sit high and mighty at the head of the state and the markets, those who can afford to buy us all, they haven't joined in...
Last Saturday night, and every Sat. night for the past three weeks, hundreds of thousands of people took out to the streets all over the country to protest. It was civil. No violence. Nothing but unity and a feeling of one-for-all. With their signs raised up high, everyone chanted "The people demand social justice". My someone and I were among them and it was a humbling experience to be part of what could be an important milestone in the history of our country.
Where would this take us? I have to say I am a bit skeptic about the outcome, but only time will tell. The solution will not be a quick fix, but even if takes a few years to take effect, at least we've made a difference for our future.
Here are some videos and some photos from the protest. These are all in Hebrew, I do apologize, but even without understanding the words, the message is clear- The Israeli people have had enough!

(People chanting "the people are demanding social justice") 

(photos taken from various sources)