Hi! My name is Michael Murphy and welcome to the ‘About Me’ part of the site. I’d rather my images do the talking, but I’m told you might care to know a little bit about me and what makes me tick. First, I’m a second generation native South Floridian. My mom and I both were born in Miami. Yes, I’ve seen a lot of changes and quite a few hurricanes. I grew up in western Broward, in an area now known as Southwest Ranches on a 5 acre mini-ranch. We raised cows and horses and I think that’s were I developed my love for animals. It was also the very beginning of my pet photography!
I spent 14 years selling real estate and decided I wanted to do something more creative. I applied at a very well known studio and spent one year learning everything I could about portraits, wedding photography and headshots. I operated out of my home for the next 7 years and in 1997 I opened my first studio on Wilton Drive. 2 years later I moved to a 1600 square foot warehouse/studio and it’s been non-stop ever since.
And I have to mention the fuzzy, 4 legged little guy who runs the office, Marcus. It seems more people visit the studio to see him, than me!
Finally, I’m very blessed and I consider myself lucky to be able to give back to so many worthwhile groups and charities. Please read more about my philanthropy in the causes area.
I am very happy that my profession allows me to capture people and then share those images with the world. Often those images are used to help charities and causes further their out reach. One of my favorite charities is The Heart Gallery. Photographers donate their time to shoot kids who are looking for their Forever Families. Their parental rights have been severed by the state and are now available for adoption. There are roving displays that ‘advertise’ these special children and if you have 4 minutes, please watch the video- linked above. I am blessed to say that as of this writing, two of ‘my’ kids have been adopted!
Legal Aid of Broward is another non-profit that provides pro-bono legal work for the most needy in our community. I am proud to be their professional photographer for about 7 years now.