Johnny Murphy has been doing photography his whole life. His first camera was a Mickey mouse camera at age 7. From then on he has been hooked. He was an actor at an early age so got to know what looks good and works.
Johnny loves doing editorial, model. actor shots and even capturing the beauty of everyday people. He certainly has an eye for photography and he is able to bring out the soul in people through his work.
Tell us a little about yourself and your photography.
I am originally from New York moved out in my 20’s for acting. I did that for awhile but always had a passion for photography .(At 7 I had my first Mickey Mouse camera and was hooked.) On and off for years I kept picking up my camera and shooting people. The passion for this became stronger and stronger and now it’s a full time thing shooting celebrities, actors, editorial and everyday people.
You make your models really come alive! What is your secret when photographing people?
My secret when photographing people is that I bring out a feeling from the inside of my subject. It’s not about having a good smile or trying to be serious , it’s about the feeling you feel inside that I bring out in them and from there you can see that feeling being captured in their eyes and photos. I also photograph with many different angles to capture the right photo.
How do you bring forward the character of a person?
Like with acting, the person needs to create a character that is believable and really own it and make it personable. Same thing with a photoshoot . You really have to feel and in doing so will be captured in the photo.
What are some other photography projects you enjoy working on?
Right now I am working on shooting the best shots for Up and Coming actors. I am freelancing in editorial for magazines. I am also shooting executives for their business profiles. I am also creating couple engagement announcement photo shoots. Lastly I am working on partnering with cancer survivor organizations to create photo shoots for cancer survivors to feel beautiful again.
What kind of a camera and lenses do you primarily use and how do you select your equipment?
I like my Nikon and Canon. If needed I will rent other equipment that I need to make that shoot work the best.
Can you name some tips for those who want to start portrait photography?
Some quick tips. Just get out there and start shooting . There are plenty of subjects to shoot. The more you shoot the better and more confident you get. And don’t worry what people think or say about the shots. Some people are critical of what they look like so you can’t take that personally. Not everyone is a supermodel so just take the best shot you can for that subject.
Thanks Johnny for showing us your photography…
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