Charles Murray is an experienced photographer who is driven by the emotional feelings he attempts to capture in his photography. Picking up his first camera in his junior year of highschool in 2007, Charles has learned valuable techniques and principles from fellow photographers and from his personal experiences. He has produced fantastic images ranging from weddings to covering an entire week-long automotive event. Charles is relentless in improving and is constantly looking for new ways to make content that produces those great emotions that will last the test of time.
I love making people feel positive emotion. Whether it's remembering how great their first kiss as a couple was, or how motivated they felt after graduating college, there needs to be something simple that a person can just look at and instantly feel those feelings again to ensure they never fade over time. I enjoy interacting with people, learning about them, their story, THEIR passions, and transforming that into something they can show other people and convey through one simple image.
Alright, so I have done many shoots. Everyone that is filling out this application has probably done the same. We all sit behind a view finder, press a button, edit, deliver. Explaining all the shoots I've done would be boring for me to write and for you to read. So I am going to talk about ONE shoot I have done, and hopefully it does the job.
My favorite shoot I have ever done, was never supposed to be my shoot at all. My girlfriend at the time and I were taking our first real vacation together. We were going to Washington D.C. to explore the city, see the monuments, walk the museums, feel the history. Little did she know, a couple days before our trip, I went on a different kind of adventure. I was looking for the perfect engagement ring. Now I don't make a whole bunch of money, and she didn't care what kind of ring I gave her, but to me it had to be perfect. After I got the ring, I asked one of our buddies who lived in D.C. if he and his wife could hang out with us and photograph the moment i asked my girlfriend to marry me. He said they would love to, and so I went on about my business. We pack everything up (I hide the ring in a lens case. haha) and head to D.C. We spent the first few days of our week long trip enjoying our fancy hotel (it was really fancy for how much I paid), checking out the scenery, perusing the museums, and getting some awesome pictures of the monuments. I was all set to propose at a little park near the National Mall when I receive a text message from my buddy. Turns out that he and his wife would be separating due to irreconcilable differences and would not be able to photograph my proposal. Ok... wow, huge emotional panic sets it. Not only was this whole trip secretly planned just so i could propose, but now two good friends were splitting up! I tried to keep calm, got caught being a nervous wreck and she asked me what was wrong. I told her about the message, but decided not to spill the beans about the proposal. I decided at that moment that I would photograph my own proposal. I made up the excuse that were were going to go to the National Mall to take some sunset pictures. We would get pictures of each other standing in front of various monuments and it would be great. But in reality, I was going to find the perfect spot, set up my tripod, set the camera to take continuous shots for one minute, and ask the love of my life to marry me. And that's exactly what I did. She was extremely surprised and happy-cried for about an hour. We ended up with some awesome shots of the proposal, better than what most could get with a smartphone. I'll include a couple of the shots in my portfolio. Anyway, if you are at this point of the text, then I hope you enjoyed that story and thanks for your time!
I've watched The Office (U.S.) about 10 times, but i've only seen "Scott's Tots" once.