Q&A You asked, I answer.
What exactly are you doing?
I work as freelance photographer and I run this lifestyle/travel blog called “The Viennese Girl”. I do all kind of things around photography, except wedding photography. You can call me a visual artist, blogger, content creator, you name it. I work based on projects. Projects vary and I adjust myself. As long as a project resonates with me, I accept it.
Are you working alone?
Unfortunately yes. I don’t have a team atm. My wish is to grow my business to a point that I will be able to hire an assistant who will help with photography and writing. Right now, a few good friends help me voluntarily now and then. I am thankful for their help.
How much do you work?
All the time. 7 days per week. I never stop working. But my office can be anywhere. And although it looks like I am on holidays all year long, in fact it’s the opposite. I love my work. A lot. I can’t think of me doing something else. Everyday I remind myself how lucky I am to have a job like this. It sound like a cliche, but it’s true!
What is the best thing in your job?
The best thing is that it opens so many new doors to me. I get to visit places that I never thought I would ever visit, and I get to work with brands that I never thought I would ever work with. The opportunities are endless. My job never stop to amaze me. Every brand I work with is different, every project I work on is different. I never get bored.
What is the worst thing in your job?
There is just one thing that I don’t like and that is “time pressure”.
What does your brand stand for?
I stand for indepedency and personal growth. It’s important for me to stand on my own feet, and never stop learning. I also seek for beauty in life. When people come to my website, I want this blog to be an oasis of beauty for them. Something to look at and say “oh, wow”. I hope they find something beautiful, useful, interesting, motivating, inspiring or funny.
How did you come to the idea of making your own blog?
I had this idea of having my own blog and then I believed on it. There was something inside me that was telling me that I must do my own blog. Something inside me was telling me that this blog will change my life and will make it better. I started working on it non stop. My blog is my child. I loved it, I cared for it and it grew. Everything needs love to grow. I was also looking for a pleasant occupation at home. Something to spend time on during the cold wintertime in Vienna.
There should be a certain sense of responsibility and integrity behind every blog, in my opinion. You can’t say to people “do this, do that, buy this, buy that”.
My blog is my personal journey. If my personal journey inspire, motivate or help someone out there, then that is fantastic!
Why did you give this name to your blog?
I was looking for a way to connect myself with my new city. So, Vienna had to be part of the name of the blog I was about to create.
What do you think about instagram?
Unfortunately it’s not what it was back in 2013 when I started. It was pure joy to post photos. Now, because of the algorithm, it’s just stressfull. I am afraid many people feel the same. But I don’t blame Instagram. It’s a big business after all and they want to have control of their platform.
Is it difficult to make a succesful blog?
Well, yes it is. Especially now that there are so many. But that shouldn’t discourage anyone from doing it. You do it because you want to do it, no matter what. I personally don’t care whether something is difficult or easy. If I want to do something, I do it.
Have you studied photography?
No, I am self taught. I learnt by doing. It took my years.. I always wanted to learn photography but I didn’t know where to begin. I didn’t have someone to show me the first steps.
Now I would love to study graphic design.
What do you do to improve your photography?
I watch with attention what my favourite photographers do. Also, I feel like buying new gear also helps me to improve.
What is your photography gear?
I have two cameras at the moment: Canon 6D and Fujifilm X100F.
Lenses: 50 mm 1.4
I also love mobile photography and editing photos on my Samsung Galaxy S10+. It relaxes me a lot.
Why did you come to Austria?
The reason is not just one reason, but many. At some point of my life, I felt like the place where I was living had nothing else to offer me. My little dog had just passed away. I didn’t have friends because everyone was just following its own path in life, and every day was the same. Sunday was like the day before, Saturday. Saturday was like the day before, Friday. And so on. I was always curious about life abroad. So I had this idea to go to Vienna for 3 months and attend German courses to improve my German. The idea came to me during Christmas time. I realised it after months. I left home the 2nd of June, on 2011.
Do you consider moving to another country?
I don’t plan to move to another country but I am in general open to whatever comes my way. If there is a chance for me to move to another country for a good serious reason, I will evaluate the opportunity and make decisions.
How were the first years in Vienna?
Not good, unfortunately. I look back and it’s terrifying to see what I’ve been through.
What was not good?
I never liked the fact that I didn’t have my own apartment. I had to share an apartment with people I didn’t know. Random people and incompatible with me. I also had to move every year. As you imagine, it was not nice having to move every year. I couldn’t focus to things that were important, because I was always on the hunt for another apartment.
What is your motivation?
To escape from a boring, miserable life. The fact that I don’t want this to happen to me, works as a motivation for me. I want to create a life that I like to live. It feels I am on a good way. I am getting there.
Where do you live now?
I finally have my own little apartment. It’s so small that I like to call it “shoe box”. It taught me what does “minimalism”mean. To obtain only a few things that you truly love. There is no space for useless stuff here. I only have things that I need and truly love.
The next step is to find a bigger apartment. I need one more room to use it as a photo studio.
My little apartment taught me the importance of minimalism. Minimalism is all about owning a few things that you really love and add value to your life. I have to think twice before I buy something. I ask myself: Do I really need this? Is this going to add value to my life? I invest in quality and not quantity. For instance, I prefer to spend money on 1 timeless clothing piece that is Made in Italy, instead of possessing 10 cheap polyester clothing pieces.
People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime!
Your 3 best decisions in your life
1. To learn Italian
2. To move to Vienna
3. To make “The Viennese Girl” blog
What are the first things that you do when you wake up?
I turn on the music and I wash my face and teeth. Then, I open the windows for fresh air.
Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Definitely a night owl. I can stay until 04.00 in the morning working in front of my computer. You kill me, if you ask me to wake up early.
Are you married? Do you want children?
No, I am not married. For me, my mental health is more important than getting married and give birth to childrens. Human relationships are unfortunately very difficult nowdays. I think, if you are lucky enough to find the right partner for life, that is the best thing that can happen to you. I hope I will find mine one day. But he has to be freaking awesome for me in order to decide to tie the knot. Love is not enough. There has to be respect, appreciation, honesty, connection, support, communication, generosity, empathy, commitment and compatibility from both sides. These are my values and I refuse to settle down for less.
Why do you like traveling and photography so much?
Traveling in the past used to be for me an escape from routine and from all my problems. Now traveling has become part of my job. I love photography because I enjoy capturing with my photo whatever I like or whatever I can’t have. It gives me the illusion that I own something, although I don’t. If I cannot buy something, at least I can photograph it.
What is your favourite topic of discussion?
How many languages do you speak?
My mother tongue is Greek. First I learnt English, then Italian and then German. I learnt these 3 foreign languages when I was at home in Athens.
Also, I tried to learn Spanish and Turkish in Vienna, but in vain. I couldn’t learn a new foreign language while I was struggling to make a living in a foreign country.
Do you have food allergies?
I don’t eat onion and garlic.
Which is your favourite place on earth?
The Greek islands.
My mom owns a summer house on a Greek island, Samos. We are lucky to have a house on a Greek island.
What are you dreaming of?
I am always dreaming of the island summer life.
Which is your favourite quote?
By all means, go out into the world and explore; kiss strangers, kiss friends, fall in and out of love until your hands and heart are libraries of all the people they have touched. Before long we all learn, right down to our bones, that some people are hostels, and others are homes.
Some people are hostels, and others are homes…
Beau Taplin || hostels & homes.
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