Michael Murphy - The Photographer

Photo: JR Davis

Michael Murphy is a second generation native South Floridian. Born in Miami, he moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1969.

“I was the youngest real estate broker in Florida in 1978 and practiced for 14 years before quitting to take up photography,” Murphy said. “I was bored with my Real Estate career and wanted to do something more creative. I quit my job and went to work at a local photo studio as an assistant, with no formal education or experience. Twenty-four years later here I am, one very lucky man.”

In 2015, Michael Murphy’s Photographing Imaging Studio is a big success and Murphy’s talents are in demand both in and out of the LGBT community.

“I enjoy shooting corporate events and business headshots. I think it’s incredible that people are willing to fly me around the world to do my craft. And of course I love to shoot the occasional hot man. I love to shoot reluctant subjects. The people that hate photos, that don’t want their picture taken. I love making them comfortable and getting that great picture.”

Murphy’s support for LGBT community events like PrideFest has earned him the Jesse Monteagudo Outstanding Service to the Community Award from Pride South Florida and the Community Leader Award from Latinos Salud. Murphy describes himself as “a community-minded workaholic that plays as hard as I work. I love my puppy Marcus more than anything. And maybe one day I will find the guy that has his own crazy that matches my crazy. Until then, I keep on laughing and enjoying life!”

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