5 year anniversary post!!! :: an some talks about this thing called knolling photography

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Well belated anyway. The official 5 year anniversary of this blog is, or was, July 15th. Seriously though, how many of you fuckers really read my posts the day they are published and launched?

So I'm 3 days late. Deal with it! How late are you arriving to this earth shattering article?

Without further ado. . .

newborn baby photography :: a photo shoot with H™ at valley forge

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First things first. I have decided to extend the date of the recent name that blog styled post from a few weeks ago.

On with the show...

#H™, properly known as, Harper Thomas Murphy, my daughter, alongside Princess Charlotte Elizabeth  Diana, was anticipated to be the most photographed baby . . . EVER. . .

surreal seascapes and the power of one point perspective

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That's right. I don't only shoot people, food and products.

Fine art photography. It lets me explore creativity out of my comfort zones. A wonderful way to light a big blazing inspirational fire under your ass.

Change, that is.

On this day, we (yes, you and I) take a reflective adventure to Ocean City, New Jersey. IMHO, much more rad than the Maryland version.

"You heathen Murphy! How dare this blasphemy from thy lips?!"

I'll stake my claim. No worries my friends.

Why I prefer OCNJ over OCMD?

The liquor laws.

OCNJ is a dry town. Meaning, no bars, no liquor stores, no beer distributors and the restaurants can't sell spirits.

Your thinking it sounds pretty lame, right? Wrong. The liquor laws of OCNJ keep the island squeaky clean. No riffraff. No jerk offs vomiting in the streets or douche bags starting fights for no good reason. Nope. OCNJ is a utopian bliss. IMHO anyway. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy an adult beverage here and there but I'm not into the hardcore party scene. And it's not because I'm a boring adult. I hated that scene even when I was living it.

I digress . . .

CONTEST :: WIN FREE AND AWESOME STUFF!! :: HOW? HELP ME TITLE THIS POST :: READ ON . . .

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While enjoying a local, organic, mint and agave tea, a bagel toasted well done with spinach, homemade cream cheese and Sriracha at Franny Lou's Porch, I cannot help but ponder, not only the content you're about to read but, interestingly enough, the title to this post.

#TBT :: niagara falls, summer 2008 :: long exposures

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#TBT. I haven't participated all that often but I better ride a few waves in before that sea goes flat.

fashion photography :: the exploitation of minimality

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You may have watched him along side Billy Zane in this year's (2015) Zombie Killers: Elephant's Graveyard. Right? I mean if I'm not mistaken, the entire planet has been, at some point or another, obsessed with the whole zombie thing.

Not groupie of the undead?

No worries, you probably caught him in the network series, Do No Harm  or Sarah Megan Thomas' Backwards, a story about a young woman striving to become a member of the Olympic rowing team.

Ok, ok, so Backwards is more of a chick flick and there's mostly dudes hanging around here who probably haven't seen this film but guess what? You're in luck. Ellis Walding, today's photographic subject, not only has been on the big screen on many an occasion but he also has made his way HERE to the blog today and a handful of other days.

Let's get on with the show . . .

I'm NOT perfect

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Talk about a bold title; "I'm NOT perfect." "Way to reel in the readers Murph," may be your immediate neurological response. As would be mine. I mean, think about it. I'm the dope playing Russian Roulette with my social status; my clout if you will. . .

Harper Thomas Murphy (H™) is born! :: documentary photography :: viewer discretion is advised

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When friends or family show me their JC Penny-like newborn portraits; photographs of their new bundles of joy, I ofttimes fantasize about sucking the cold blue steel, the business end of a .45 Smith and Wesson. #JustSaying . . .

kick ass maternity photography :: paired with one man's decree . . . mine

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In the kitchen Stefanie and I have a floor to ceiling sized chalkboard. Funny, our friends who are well
into their 20s, 30s and 40s, doodle on that chalkboard more than the children that pass through our doors. . .

just another day at the office :: creativity at STEAP and GRIND

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Once again, I find my self sitting blithely alone at, what I'm calling, the new off site office, STEAP and GRIND. . . 

200th post!!!

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To my left, a cup of piping hot coffee.

To my right, a glass of the Italian staple, limonata.

I gaze out the window, at the rain, pondering the words to follow on this monumental of days.

Prologue

Not only is this the blog's 200th post, a humongous, ginormous milestone, I can honestly say this is the first time EVER, that I'm not writing the post in my studio office.

Nope.

On this occasion, I decided it was time for a change. Nothing crazy. No gender reassignment or anything drastic. Just a change in my environment, my surroundings, my vibe. Sometimes, and I'm sure it's has been reflected in some writings, staring at the office wall can cause me to be a bit arid. I emphasize sometimes since, on most other days, the words pour out of me like a chick vomiting after too many red headed sluts.

More than just a change in the surroundings, I think I just subconsciously wanted to explore, as I do with my camera, to see what can further inspire my writing. . .

food photography :: sautéed mussels with bacon, leeks and bleu, drenched in pinot grigio

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There must be a supernatural force pulling me to shoot this dish or its variations. Two years ago I shot  [these babies]. Admittedly, that shoot was one of my favorites in the food department as you can find it hung, big and bold, across the Food and Drink section at MICHAEL ANTHONY MURPHY :: PHOTOGRAPHER 

Today? Sure. Let's explore this little succulent seafaring shellfish :: Mussels in white . . .  and a whole lotta other delicious ingredients.

real estate photography :: baby's bedroom

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Over the weekend, I was inspired to further explore the world of real estate photography; interior design.

Today, it's Htm's bedroom to be . . .

gear matters :: 4 things that every serious photographer should keep in their bag

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Every photographer has their list of "go-to" gear; the can't live without gear.

Here's the goodies that save my life on a regular basis. . . . . and more importantly. . . . . how and why.

on this TBT :: i fail so that you may succeed

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I'm not even sure how to start this post.

It seems that the posts that reach the most and have greater impact are those that come from the deep visceral abyss.

Do you know what I'm talking about?

The image that you crossed boundaries and broke rules to create.

Writing that wore your heart on your sleeve.

A song that brings you tears when reciting.

Vulnerability.

Ah, yes. That's the good stuff, the OG Kush.

That safe stuff? People see right through it.

That brings us to today's bomb of knowledge that I'm about to drop.

Are you ready? Shit's about to get real in here . . .