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Check Out Margarita Stamatelopoulos’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Margarita Stamatelopoulos.

Hi Margarita, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My mom always tells me this story about the day I was born, how a woman in the bed next to her in the hospital pointed out how she was taking too many photos of me. And my mom replied with “maybe she’ll become a photographer one day.”

I was born in Greece and then my family immigrated to the states when I was a child. But my family worked very hard to make sure I spent as much time as possible in Greece growing up. So every other year we would spend about three months in Greece. Going to the beach, being with family, and experiencing life somewhere else. My mom always made sure we had a camera with us, the older I got the more I took over the job of photographing our travels. I think this is where I started to really love the idea of photography without even realizing it.

After graduating college with a degree in photography, I had many, many jobs. Some photography-related, others different service industry jobs. It’s only been in the past 7ish years that I’ve been able to fully support myself with photography alone. It’s been a long journey but I’m happy that I’ve landed where I am today.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I feel like all creatives have similar struggles. What people often don’t know or don’t want to believe is that this industry is 10% talent and 90% networking. Once you realize the truth in that, you can get out of your own way and start to really build yourself and your network up. I thought just because the work I produced was great that people would see it, reach out to me, and want to pay me for it. But that’s just not how this works, unfortunately.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a photographer and specialize in weddings, elopements, and portrait photography. I’d like to think I’m known for my photography style. It’s warm and full of fun real moments. I try to have a mix of giving people direction and just letting things happen. Most of all, I’m proud and inspired that so many people from so many walks of life have trusted me to capture such beautiful and important milestones in their lives that they can treasure for years to come. If there’s anything that this previous season has taught us is that it’s incredibly important to remember the moments that bring us joy to help us move along in this wonderful crazy world. I think what sets me apart from others is that people come in as clients but leave as friends. Having the relational foundation and time to get to know the people you are photographing is ultimately the best way to capture them in their moments– I’d like to think that I blend into the background as people continue to be their authentic selves.

We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
Most people aren’t aware that I was born in a different country and speak two languages. Greek and English.

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