Murphy has been a professional photographer for over 30 years. Since 1999, he has worked exclusively from an office at his home in Lewisburg,
"I am a fortunate man," said Murphy. "My profession has taken me all across this country, and I have met many interesting and inspiring people."
Murphy's office is nestled among fountains and greenery off a courtyard on his property. He has collected cameras and equipment for decades, displaying them in his office. The building has a museum quality, with cameras dating back from the 1930s to the most current, professional digital equipment.
Murphy credits some of his success with his ability to change with the times and diversify.
"Murphy's Photography became Murphy's Photography and Video Studio offering photography and videography," he said.
Murphy added more services to his already full schedule; weddings, school pictures, pet photos, family portraits, and preservation.
When the Internet opened up new opportunities, Murphy's Wall Décor opened on the Web at www.murphyswalldecor.com, offering framed, original photographs of "visions Mr. Murphy happens upon in his travels as a professional photographer that have caused inspiration or a great feeling of peace within."
Murphy's newest venture is a family affair. He and his cousin Gladys, of Gladys' Weddings and Flowers on First Ave. in Lewisburg, have always referred customers back and forth.
Gladys' daughter Cheryl Ordway went into business for herself recently. Graduating from MTSU with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and later a Master's in Education, Cheryl chose a totally different career path. She and her assistant, Leslie Huper, who holds a bachelor's degree in sociology, bring all of their considerable talents to this new business, Memory Makers in Murfreesboro.
The shop offers one-stop-shopping for weddings. Gowns, flowers, cakes, accessories, gifts even a professional make-up artist. It seemed only natural to Cheryl that Murphy would be the preferred photographer. His works and some of his props are now on display at Memory Makers.
"I have a number of contacts that I can use to help Cheryl in this new business venture," said Murphy, "and I am happy to do it."