Natalie Murphy

Natalie Murphy – Photographer

Owner of LSB Photography

 

First and foremost, I am a wife of 34 years (Kevin Murphy), mother of 3 daughters, Tiffani, Danielle & Asia. One son, Jordan, and Grandma of 1 granddaughter, Brielle.

So, following in the footsteps of my dad, I don’t remember when I didn’t own a camera.  He didn’t shoot professionally, but he was definitely the family photographer and made quite an impression on me. 

I attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale to major in Photojournalism, however, my mom was unable to afford the equipment that I needed. From there I went to my second love…children. Receiving my degree in Early Childhood Education, I taught and directed in that field for 22 years. 

After being asked, by a friend, to take pictures for her album cover, the shutterbug took me over and I went back to my first love.  Primarily self-taught, I took a few photography classes at Governor’s State University. It wasn’t long, before I was asked to shoot events at my church. As my church family began to see my work, I was asked to do a variety of photo sessions, including parties, family sessions and H.S. senior portraits. Since 2010, when I became a free-lance photographer, I have had opportunities to shoot concerts of artist such as Chaka Khan, Jonathan McReynolds and Donald Lawrence.  Other opportunities include the Chicago red carpet premier of the hit series Empire, starring Taraji P. Henson and Terrance Howard. I’ve also captured youth sporting events and team portraits.

In 2016, I became a published author of a book entitled, “It’s A Girl Thing!” This book featured local,  young African American girls doing great things. The goal was to continue to encourage these young ladies to be great, and prayerfully encourage other young ladies to be great, as well.

My photography work has won awards in the Park Forest photography club contests and is published in Toffee and Honey, a new photography magazine. I also, am currently an active member of the Chicago Style Photographers club.

Before the covid-19 shut down, I was gaining steam in pairing my two loves…photography and children.  I was the photographer for 10 daycare centers and homes, and I loved it! Now that things are opening up again, I hope to pick up where I left off. However, despite the shutdown, I took that opportunity to do some good in my old neighborhood. I did a project called “Portraits on the Porch” or “P.O.P”. This project allowed families an opportunity to gather on their porch and take a family portrait, which I believe every family should do regularly. And all the proceeds that I collected from this project, I donated to the Feed, Clothe, Help the Needy organization located in Chicago’s southside, Englewood area, where I grew up.

 

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