We had the good fortune of connecting with Katrina Murphy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katrina, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou While I believe photography serves many purposes, the aspect that pulls on my heart strings the most, is photography’s ability to preserve a moment. The nostalgic capabilities within just one photography are endless. From the location, to the subject within, to the photographer’s choice of framing, camera choice, size and type of display, it all plays a part in the story and experience. It is this experience and story that is undeniably so powerful. The ability a photograph can trigger emotions and recall details of events is purely magical. It is this magic, that has drawn me deeply to documentary family sessions. To create photographs that give all the feels, and trigger all the nostalgia for years to come.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I originally practiced the old school method of film photography, and absolutely fell in love! Nothing beats the magic of capturing a moment, then the anticipation of developing your film and revealing it in the dark room. In college, I was influenced by many documentary and storytelling photographers, and love dissecting an image to discover it’s unique story. Now, as a motherhood and lifestyle photographer, I believe in documenting organic moments to truly capture personalities and freeze a moment. My absolute favorite location to shoot is in families homes. I love incorporating all the nostalgic pieces that tell a part of the families story. From making pancakes for breakfast and all the messes it entails, to playing with favorite toys, to taking a magical adventure to a dreamed of location such as a day at Disney! Needless to say, incorporating elements that will tell “time” are invaluable, an old cell phone, floral “trendy” couch, your first car etc. I want each photo I take to trigger endless memories and depict ones character and personality. As photography is ultimately one of the most powerful tools of communication, and used in endless ways today, it is of no surprise of the countless avenues a photographer can take in terms of their career. I have learned, and continue to learn, to stay focused on why I photograph and to continue developing my own unique lens and impact with this invaluable tool. Motherhood and Family lifestyle sessions speak to my soul, and I am excited to continue to carve out ways to make the session experience and resulted photographs unforgettable.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Being a midwestern gal and Wisconsin-born, I am still in disbelief of the different lifestyle southern California has given me. So, if I were to show around an out-of-stater, it would be of no surprise I’d take them to Swami’s Beach to take in coastal palm trees, walk down the endless steps along the cliffs, and watch the local surfers catch some waves. Afterwards, I’d drive along the historic 101 and stop at Fish 101 for some tasty oysters, and then head to the adorable village of Carlsbad and stop for one of their irresistible pineapple jalapeno margaritas! It is incredible being active and outdoors year around, and that California gives us both mountains and the ocean to play with. Honestly, anything outdoors! Renting a kayak at Oceanside harbor, hiking, or even mountain biking in Big Bear. And let’s not forget the dreamy vistas of Temecula Wine country…wine tasting is always a good choice!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I feel I could write a book on all those that inspired me or aided to the success of my business. And let’s be real, the journey of entrepreneurship is never-ending, I know there will be more to thank! But, for sake of consolidating, I’d like to attribute special credit to the following three avenues: 1. My dad. When I asked him what attributed to his success as a business owner and chiropractor he simply said “I never chased money.” He is the ultimate example of following your passion, working hard, and keeping people at the forefront of his mission. His energy and positive attitude inspired me to take risk, and carve out my own path. 2. Melissa McClure Photography. I was working at the Museum of Photographic Arts when I met Melissa, we played on an adult soccer team through the YMCA. When I discovered she was a “Destination Wedding Photographer” and she shared world traveling stories, I was absolutely floored. I immediately asked if we could meet up for coffee and talk to me about her career and how she developed her business. Literally that week, I went to Best Buy and bought myself my first digital camera. She has been not only such an inspiration, but encouraged me and has been the biggest mentor and friend one could ask for. 3. College / School. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design and photography. However, when I say “photography,” I am talking about the old school film, develop your prints in a dark room type! When I picked up my first digital 10 years later, I went back to a community college to learn this new tool. Not only were my teachers and classmates influential in every classroom I stepped foot in, but the belief in the arts. Being surrounded around others who believe in the arts, and use the arts as a means of communication, reminds you of the incredible power of art in and of itself.
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Feature Photograph Photo Credit: Greta D Photography All Other Photos: Katrina Marie Photography