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Through the Lens

Posted by: Rachel Toporek, Camp Photographer on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

I am so fortunate to live a picture perfect day every time I come to camp. As the camp photographer, I have to say that I have the best job! Why, you ask? It’s all about the moments captured that become memories. Capturing a moment when a camper takes their first swim without a bubble. Or the moment when one camper puts their hand in another campers hand to walk from one activity to another. Or the camper that would cry & be shy day 1 of camp that is now dancing, participating and getting their feet wet in the pool or at water play. Or the moment when a camper gets completely messy and covered in paint in art class. Or the friendships, matching hairstyles, handshakes & dances that develop within each camp group.  Or the moment when all of the counselors gather their campers together, standing with their arms around each other and sing “Lean on Me” at the top of their lungs at Shabbat. Or when it’s week 7 and you see the nervousness on the faces of both the blue and gold team in anticipation of who will win Maccabiah.

As a camper at Camp Yachad years ago, we didn’t have the privilege of daily image updates right at our fingertips. My mom used to come in and take a few pictures here and there, pictures that I still have today and I am grateful to have as a part of my visual memory. Thanks to technology advances, how cool is it that I can capture your camper’s special moments not only walking around the campsite but also taking the camera under the water to see the campers blowing bubbles, smiling and waving while swimming and also up high in the air while climbing, zip lining and swinging on our high ropes course.

A picture is worth a thousand words.  When your camper is asked, “What did you do today? Did you have fun?” and their answer is a plain “YES!”  I pride myself on being able to capture the moment for posterity so you can not only see it but feel the joy, enthusiasm, and ruach emanating from your campers.  


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Posted by: Mike Goldstein on July 3, 2014 at 9:43:00 pm

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