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

Hi Meghan, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?

As a photographer/videographer, providing clients with high quality deliverables is one of my top priorities. Yet, what tops all of my values, is kindness.
I graduated from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) last May 2020 and it was nothing like I expected. Moving back home two months early at would would have been some of the best days of college, really tore me up. Online school was not easy, and neither has been transitioning into a life without classes every day, or plans for another year of formal education.
At UNH, my heart and soul was in photographing athletics. I loved arriving at events early, being with teams on the field, and capturing exceptional moments in sports. Since the pandemic and moving home to Cape Cod, MA, my resources to shoot sports are slim to none, and I often feel very lost. I sometimes don’t pick up my camera for weeks at a time. I have lacked confidence in myself and my goals, and I am challenged with being kind to myself.
I navigate a mental illness that often weighs so heavily on my shoulders. It makes it difficult to do simple things let alone, the things I love and are passionate about; including photography.
I pride myself in being a very empathetic person and doing things for others and with others in mind. Yet, in all that giving, I haven’t practiced sharing it within myself. This pandemic has certainly shifted that focus as I spend more time home, and less time out. Since practicing this more, it’s translated in my art and photography journey.
Through therapy and a lot of ups and downs, I’ve begun being curious with my anxiety rather than trying to combat it, following what makes me smile instead of what makes me uncomfortable, and leaning into my true values that I’ve somehow been neglecting. This is my self-compassion. I bring up this intimate part of who I am because I believe it is not only healing to connect with others; it is the only way I know how to get the most lasting images, and have the best experience making them.
It is important to me that my legacy be how it felt to work together, and make a genuine human connection.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Since everything has gone remote, I have shifted a chunk of my professional focus from scheduling a multitude of shoots, to marketing my business with a clearer message so as to pursue the clients and projects that feel most fulfilling. Of course, the job sometimes feels like a job, what with learning new entrepreneurial skills and managing logistics. I went to UNH for journalism which helps me tell stories through visuals yet, when it comes to running my own brand/business, it feels like learning a new language.

When I do get behind the camera, I am drawn to boudoir, portrait, and some bridal fashion. I have especially loved working with boudoir clients, who all have so far been female identifying. It is empowering to guide them through a unique and vulnerable experience that helps them feel beautiful and celebrated.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod: No doubt I would take you to Añejo, for my favorite local Mexican cuisine, tequila flights, and margaritas! Afterwards we’ll grab an ice cream from Dairy Queen or Ben & Bill’s, and stroll Main Street and/or Falmouth Harbor. I’m a big beach bum, and if you come in the summer, that’s where we’ll spend most of the time. Maybe if you’re feeling adventurous, we’ll go surfing with the amazing female-owned Sugar Surf in Wellfleet, MA! Since I was 15, I have worked at the Landfall Restaurant in Woods Hole, and whether I’m waiting on you or not, you will end the day with the best mudslide, cup of chowder, and swordfish sandwich.

Other activities include but are not limited to Mixed Martial Arts class with Marandola Martial Arts, photoshoots, a walk at The Knob, a ferry ride to Martha’s Vineyard (“The Vineyard”), and beer flights at Bad Martha’s.    Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This list could go on forever because of so many people who are special to me and my life path. The cliché is true; it takes a village.

Thank you to: My family, my best friends, Mike Murphy, Jim Wrobel, Jeremy GasowskiScott RipleyMax Mayone, Lisa Condon, Rob Kauffman and The 2019 Falmouth Commodores, Sue Hertz and The 2019 London Crew, UNH RowingDevin & Carol Linn Powell and Nostos MMA, Marandola Martial ArtsSummit Workshop: Through the Female Lens

Website: www.meghanrosephoto.com

Instagram: @MeghanMurphyPhotography

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meghanmurphyphotography/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEghYj1ZR3GvnwEcNme4bkw

Image Credits
Photo of Me: Cortney Lopez Photography https://www.cortneylopezphotography.com/bio

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