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Meet Donald Stokely of Event Heroes of Tampa Bay

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I took up photography as a hobby when my son was born in 2005. I was hired to photograph a friend’s wedding shortly after and I have been hooked to wedding photography since then. Other than a photography class in college, I didn’t have much formal training, but I read books and studied the work of many of the prominent photographers in the area. I am always a student of this arts and willing to continue learning from those who are willing to pass on their knowledge to a guy like me. Over the years, my business grew from photography to photo booths, video production, and DJing. I am passionate about what I do and delighted to connect with the people I have served over the years.

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?
It’s not been easy. I like to live dangerously and do plenty of trial and error to see what really works and even if it fails, I will give it a second shot, just to see if it’s not for me. In the end, I have learned a ton through my failures, and I am literally a product of iron sharpening iron.

As you know, we’re big fans of Event Heroes of Tampa Bay. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
Event Heroes of Tampa Bay is a special event services company offering photography, photo booth, video production, and Mobile DJ services to the surrounding areas of Tampa and St. Petersburg. Our goal is to streamline your event planning by managing all service vendors under one point of contact. We have developed a seamless process to ensure a worry-free experience from start to end of your event. We right fit you with only the best vendors whose sole mission is giving you and your guests the WOW experience of a lifetime. Our photography and videography professionals have years of experience and take pride in delivering the most stunning images with fast turnaround time. If your party needs a boost of energy then our Mobile DJs will keep the party rockin’, and our photo booths will definitely bring all your guests together. If you are stuck on how to structure your event, then feel free to ask us and we will help you put your vision together piece by piece. Let us do the work while you have the time of your life.

What matters most to you? Why?
What people think of me. I don’t like to disappoint people. I feel obligated to be at someone’s service at all times. I want to leave a legacy that my children’s children will be proud of.

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Filename Stokely 2019-13.jpg please credit Kiecia Boles of KBLive Photo. https://www.instagram.com/kblivephoto

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