We had the good fortune of connecting with Kyrillos Samaan and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kyrillos, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Having photography as a business, 2 other business, being a full time student, and having a full time job, it’s immensely important. Hiring an accountant saved my life because she is able to manage all the backend stuff while I do the most important thing, taking photos. I have a set schedule on how I manage anything. Coffee shop in the morning, knock out all my homework, go to work, then when I’m home, I edit my photos and organize everything. It can get extremely overwhelming but having a beautiful schedule and being consistent with it, it works well.

What should our readers know about your business?
Being a professional photographer, a very large field, the most important thing that sets you apart from someone else is two things. Finding your niche, and your editing style. My niche is car photography. However, a large portion of my clients are portraits. I also do real estate and construction photography as well. My editing is highly manipulative instead of the natural looks. A bunch of promotion and word of mouth has been my most benefiting factor. It definitely wasn’t easy and at some points in time, made me feel alone and overwhelmingly exhausted of creativity. But I decided to change the mindset up. NOT doing it for the money but doing it for the passion. And thats when it blew up. Income will come but the love can disappear if done wrong. I want the world to know that you can genuinely do what you love. You can always work your way up but you need to come in with a specific mindset to it. If you come in wanting to make money, you’ll fail. If you come in with the love, the clients will love that, causing a chain reaction.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
A few places I would take my best friend. Legacy West is always a must. A modern place with solid food and great sights to see. I do many photo shoots there and adore the entire setting. Thats the heart of my area in my opinion. Heading over to Dallas, Greenville pizza, one of my favorite places to go on a weekend, is always a beautiful setting and mood during dinner time. Going over to the Sweet Tooth Hotel, a cool place to just enjoy a walk without having a concern in the mind. Finally, Adriatica. A rustic setting with open field and water. A spectacular setting for photos, and to just lay back, relax, and talk.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Kenneth, my manager was the one that influenced everything from the very beginning. What camera I should buy, getting me in the door in general. A lot of it is kudos to him. Christian Figueroa has been one of my consistent guys where I can try something new and vice versa. We always support each other and take care of each other as if we were clients. Christian Perez, TechHD on YouTube, has been my videographer and has increased my skills and love for cameras as a whole. Christian Chamorro, my best friend has always showed his support and love to my business. Also, Venus and Raemie for being my test subjects when wanting to try a new style of shooting or editing. The support and love from all my friends has been astronomical and have been an insanely huge part of my success. Its all outta love <3

Website: Samaanphotography.com

Instagram: Samaan.Kyrillos

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