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

Hi Samantha, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
In the life of an entrepreneur, your livelihood is your business. Your success, your wellbeing, your income – it all relies on you. There are days where you don’t want to do a single thing, and as your own boss it can be hard to put your foot down and get to work. But when it’s necessary, you HAVE to be willing to put in the effort. Within the past year, we’ve seen thousands of businesses close down because of regulations and a huge loss of their revenue. While it’s been tough for so many, businesses have to be able to withstand the dark times. Getting through to the other side during something like the pandemic is proof to never give up – when life changes, keep adapting to new technologies, new ways of marketing, meet people at where they’re at vs. where you want them to be.

And maybe none of it works. That’s okay, too. if you have a safety net to get you by in the meantime, it could be beneficial to take a break and revisit something new.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I went to business school for management & marketing – and post-graduation I worked at a few startups. I really enjoyed the startup aspect, but the pressure quickly got to me. Every startup preaches “work-life balance” and has a fun office and young employees to hang out with, but very few actually believe in giving you healthy freedom when you need it. Putting in for PTO always made me nervous, and countless times I was made to feel guilty for trying to enjoy my own life outside of the office. When I finally was at the point where I felt I could get by with photography work, I was SO relieved to put in my 2 weeks and cut ties from the office life for good. If I could give anyone in a position of conflict to stay in a dreadful job or quit and do something they love, JUST DO IT. I know it’s easier said than done, but you’ll find a way to make it work!

When it comes to what makes me different, in all honesty, I think I’m pretty average. I’m normal, and weird, and have all the similar qualities most people have. I get nervous before a big day of working weddings, I feel overwhelmed at times when the workload gets heavy, and I have an immense amount of gratitude for each one of my clients and support systems. I miss out on things every now and then mainly due to having very few weekends available during busy season, and sometimes that’s hard feeling like I’m missing out. But I know that my success comes from hard work and saying no.

It has taken me 2 years in this business to finally feel okay with saying no (where my people pleasers at?!) but it is absolutely necessary.

I hope that anyone viewing my work and looking at my business can relate to me in some way – the heart of my photography business comes down to relationships, comfort, and feelings. If you can see that in any aspect of my business, I’ll be happy.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There is SO much to enjoy on Cape Cod!! I spend majority of my time in the Falmouth area, but there’s a lot to adventure further down Cape too.

AutoCamp Cape Cod JUST opened in Falmouth and is one of the coolest new places to stay! Your own little airstream or glamping tent, bike rentals, and the beach a few minutes away.

Falmouth is home to some wonderful Inns/B&B’s as well – Frederick Williams House, Inn on the Sound, and Palmer House Inn are all lovely and give the small town quaint vibe.

For breakfast you have The Pickle Jar with some great drinks and amazing hash skillets. Mary Ellens Portuguese Bakery also has wonderful options!
Fresh seafood & lobster rolls are all over. Honestly I don’t have a favorite – sometimes I want a hot buttered roll and sometimes I want a cold mayo – you can find good ones anywhere (The Clam Man and Popponessett Marketplace are awesome though)

Bad Martha Brewery is also a great stop for some yummy beers and seriously AMAZING pizza!!

Mashpee Commons is a cute outdoor shopping plaza – and you can’t beat Main St in Falmouth either.

I would spend the week at the beaches, riding bikes on the bike path down the beach, playing tennis, going out on the boat, and taking a day trip over to Martha’s Vineyard! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Lera, the owner of spin studio, FireCycle in Waltham MA, inspired me to create my own business. The very first spin class I took with her, I ~may or may not have puked~ immediately after class, but it was the first moment I got to sit down and talk to her and learn about her journey becoming a small business owner – and absolutely KILLING it at that!

We’ve become so close, and over the years I’ve had the honor of photographing her engagement, her wedding, her baby announcement, maternity photos, newborn photos. Clients (more like friends) like her keep me going in this career. I am always taken back to the memories I’ve gotten to make with her and her family, and feel so grateful that I’m where I’m at because of her.

Lera, thank you and I love you!

Website: https://samanthamphoto.com/

Instagram: @samanthamphoto

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/samanthamargaretphotography

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Image Credits
Samantha Margaret Photography // Samantha M Photo

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