This lovely woman you see before you is Allie (very different image compared to “The Team” section). She is the right hand at KosherNation Photography and also (despite some mild protesting on occasion) the test subject/model. She has always been supportive of our goals and will step up to any challenge that is thrown her way. This particular moment captured here was a few moments before she received quite the look altering hair cut. The man behind the cuts? None other than our good friend Joseph Gilbert. Though, he would be sure to correct with @JosephGilbertHair, because branding is everything.
Now, Joseph holds a special place for us. Not only has he done our hair, family members hair, friends hair, and so on; Joseph also gave us one of our first cameras. It’s funny in a way, because the sensor on it was (and still is) broken. This may sound like a bum gift to most people. However, it proved rather educational for us. Most DSLR’s have photographers looking in the view finder to meter exposure and lean heavily on the device. This “broken” Nikon D5500 forced us to learn to evaluate light and exposure much like film photography. Thankfully, we still had the benefit of digital trial and error until we got a grip on those concepts; we would have burned through a good bit of film.
Everyone has to start at square one. Some are fortunate to find tutelage under other photographers while most are left to fend on their own. We were the latter of the two. There is a certain lack of community in the photography world; a starvation economy if you will. Everyone is seen as a threat and not as an ally. We found an ally in a hair dresser. A person who believed in us and gave us opportunities to do work, when others simply closed the door. So, if you find yourself struggling for a chance, keep your eyes open. You may just find opportunities in the most unlikely of places.