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Daily Inspiration: Meet Samantha Stigler

Today we’d like to introduce you to Samantha Stigler.

Samantha, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I still remember the first time I got to pick my Christmas present. I was four, and I asked for a film camera. Since I was an only child growing up in a world of adults, I spent a lot of time by myself thinking about the future. Thinking about how, at some point, I’ll stop being a kid and everything and everyone around me will change.

That’s why I wanted to preserve my favorite moments in pictures. I was born in Lima, Peru in 1994. People from all over the country and the world come together in Lima. This is what I love most about my city—its diversity. Growing up in a city like Lima means that everyday you see wealth and poverty walking together on the same street. I started placing myself as an observer, fascinated by the different people I had the opportunity to meet. Everyone was so unique, with dreams, regrets, hope for a better future, fears… All of them from different places, realities, and families, but all of them so similar on the inside, just trying their best. I never thought photography could be a job. I always believed it was only a hobby. I didn’t even ask myself if I was any good until I moved to Orlando two years ago with my husband, one suitcase, and one credit card.

For the first time in my life, I allowed myself to have a hobby and invest in it without wondering where it might take me. Just for fun, I started taking pictures of kids in the park (with parent permission, of course) and sending them to their parents… Somehow, magic happened, and they started calling me for paid gigs and events. I’ve since started working with models and have been published in two magazines. I continue to educate myself so I can be truer to what I want to show. I’m still the observer kid I was 22 years ago. I don’t look for recognition. The most precious thing I earn is empathy, and the most precious thing I want to share is empathy.

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’m loving my process and challenges are part of it. I’m constantly evolving and asking myself what’s next?

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I specialize in human portraits. I describe my style as Soul-full. I don’t impose a private style to the person in front of me. I present myself as a white canvas and give you the opportunity to show me who you are (or the parts you want to show me) without judgment. It’s so hard for us humans to present ourselves in such a vulnerable way, specially when we grow up learning to build walls around to protect us from other people. It’s a very intimate moment between the photographer and the other person. As my subject, you have the chance to connect with yourself and choose to jump out of the character you are pretending to be and show some of your purest essence or not.

Any big plans?
I want to keep learning, I love learning and keep been true to myself. People portraits are my thing and one of my goals it’s to work for UNICEF and National Geographic taking pictures of people from different cultures around the world (specially Peruvian culture)

Pricing:

  • Express (4 pictures, 30min): $150
  • Alpha (10 pictures 1 hour): $300
  • Deluxe (12 pictures, 1hour 30min, 2 outfits): $350
  • Company (10 pictures 2hours): $650
  • VIP Event (30+ pictures): $200 (hour)

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Image Credits
Samantha Stigler.

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