Today we’d like to introduce you to Becca Murray.
Becca, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve pretty much always had a camera strapped to my neck. As a kid, I’d go away to summer camp for a week and return home with 7+ rolls of film to develop. In high school, I was our Drama Club historian and took serious pride in documenting our teenage shenanigans. I got my first digital camera when I graduated college, just in time for a three-week tour of the Baltic with my Grandmother. It was an epic vacation and I returned home with a serious passion for travel photography.
I moved to Los Angeles to be an actor and continued to take photos as a hobby. I got my first DSLR (a Canon T2i) so my friends and I could shoot sketches and shorts for the web. Having that camera, gave me the confidence to take on small gigs, mostly taking headshots and family photos. In 2014, my family went on a National Geographic cruise down to the Antarctic – and it changed everything. I befriended an amazing NatGeo photographer who took me under his wing and showed me what my camera could do. Everyone around me was shooting on much more expensive equipment (the cruise was filled with wealthy retirees who bought out their local Best Buys in anticipation of the trip) but despite shooting on a beginner’s camera with a kit lens, my images stood out above the rest. I learned to trust my eye and my knack for composition. I paid attention to the details and used my storytelling skills to give life to my photographs. I wrote a postcard to my boyfriend from South Georgia, knowing that it wouldn’t make it to the states until about a month after my return. It detailed the fun I was having, how much I was learning, and reminded me not to put my camera down once I got home. When I got back to LA, I started my photography business.
As word of mouth spread and my portfolio grew, I began shooting weddings and completely fell in love with the process. I’m now focusing on intimate and destination weddings – the perfect intersection of my travel and lifestyle photography skills.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It feels odd to say, but it’s been a remarkably smooth road so far. I think the biggest struggle – and maybe a lesson, more than a struggle – is that the work is never done. You never stop learning and (hopefully) getting better. I look back at some photos that I thought were stellar at the moment and I cannot believe that I got paid to take them. The thing is, we all go through it. I had multiple wedding photographer friends reach out after I published my first wedding, letting me know how great it looked and how proud they would’ve been for that to be their first. It took SO much for me to press send on that album, so their words meant the world. You’re always going to be your own worst critic… but that’s not the worst thing. It keeps you moving forward.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Becca Murray Photo – what should we know?
I’m a lifestyle and wedding photographer. My style is organic, dreamy and candid. I pride myself on being both invisible and omnipresent – there to capture every moment, but without disturbing the flow of the day. I specialize in natural light photography, but I’m comfortable with flash and off-camera lighting setups – there was a steep learning curve to get there (which is why so many photographers simply bill themselves as “natural light” and never dabble with the rest) but it’s SO important to be prepared for every scenario, especially in a wedding situation.
I’m most proud of the way I make people feel. My goal in any session is to capture the essence of a person, a place or a relationship – but when I do my job right, my clients feel truly seen. It’s one of the reasons I enjoy shooting boudoir so much. When you can make a woman feel completely at ease, fully in her power and allow her to see herself without the lens of self-doubt, it’s the best feeling in the world.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Empathy, without a doubt. I joke that I run on spicy food and empathy, but it’s pretty much the truth. Sometimes, feeling all the things can start to feel like a curse but you just have to remind yourself that it’s a gift. My best friends are all extreme empaths, so we hold each other up in that way.
- Lifestyle Sessions: $250/hour
- Boudoir & Family Sessions: $350
- Wedding Photography: $1900+
- Website: www.beccamurrayphoto.com
- Phone: 323.379.6063
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/beccamurrayphoto
- Facebook: facebook.com/beccamurrayphoto
- Twitter: twitter.com/beccamurrayfoto