Photographer Mark Murphy III discusses starting photography in 1979, working at Yale University, upcoming projects, and more!

Interviews / Photographers – It was a great pleasure getting all of the information I needed from Connecticut photographer Mark Murphy III in a recent interview we did over messenger as part of our new year discussions that started early last month. After accepting the invitation to be interviewed, I sent him over a couple of questions to answer and he gave us all the updates in his answers when I received them. Enjoy the interview!

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~*~*Interview /w Mark Murphy III *~*~

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Internet Hollywood: What’s up Mark?! It’s great to finally chat with you about a couple of things after featuring some of the awesome photos you took on the website in the past. It was only a matter of time before this moment was going to happen and I’m happy it’s happening today. So with that beng said, welcome to the Internet Hollywood universe. My first question, for those that don’t know, could you give them a background story on who you were are, where you from, and what you do?

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Mark: Thank you for having me. My name is Mark Murphy III, MM3Photo. I was born in Connecticut and I live here now. I work at Yale University full-time as an Information Technology Specialist. My photography is part-time

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Internet Hollywood: Photography is becoming a pretty big thing to a lot of people since video streaming platforms are so popular among the people of the youth nowadays. This always makes me want to find out the background story of those people that have been doing it longer than others. They seem to always have a more education story. So with that mind, what inspired you to do photography, what was the first camera you bought, and how hard was it for you to learn how to use it?

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Mark: I started in photography before most people in this digital industry were born. I started in 1979. I started out in High School then in the U.S. Air Force as I was taking pictures of Planes, the U.S. Enterprise Shuttle Craft, but most of my pictures were people. Love to take candid shots of people.
Everything was self-taught back then. Imagine learning how to take pictures through trial and error with film and the most shots that you can take is 36 images. The first camera that I bought was a Pentax ME Super 35MM. Like many of the people who get their first camera and don’t know how to use it, I started out with Auto Everything. BIGGEST MISTAKE!!! After trying Auto, I just started training myself with fully manual. My pictures were amazingly good. What or who inspired me. The guy who lived upstairs from me when I was a kid. He took our portrait shots. I said, “When I grow up I want to learn how to take pictures.” One other time I was inspired to take pictures. When I was a kid, my father used to do landscaping for Eileen Ford, owner of Ford Modeling Agency. My father made me and my little brother come out to Westport with him to help him with landscaping. It was there where I saw multiple Models, playing tennis or swimming. Needless to say, I never did become a landscaper nor did I plan on it.

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Internet Hollywood: I tend to look into the inside thoughts of those beyond the lens of the camera to get some idea on what comforts them the best when engaging in photo shoots. Now that your more experienced, what are some of your favorite themes when it comes to doing photo shoots and what do you look for in the woman you work with?

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Mark: Well, first I must say, that I work with both women and men, but the majority of the shoots that I do are women. I have always loved the art of bodies so I do shoots that will show that. Again, I will shoot the body of women and men. But in order for me to do a shoot of this magnitude, each model must be very comfortable with me. That is my goal always. I handle the majority of my models as though they were my own children since most of them are the age of my son and younger. If you noticed my pictures, I do much fashion shoots. I have been in and on the cover of several Fashion Magazines. The most popular one that I have been on is Fashion Avenue News Magazine Caribbean. Lastly, I do love doing portraits and weddings.

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Internet Hollywood: You seem to always show support to others that haven’t really started a career in modeling and you assist them with great photo collabs that could be seen all over your page. What influenced the humbleness you express to others that’s in need and will you hoping into other things like filming to expand?

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Mark: I do believe in helping those in time of need. Sometimes I see someone and say, I have to work with her or him. It just works that way. IF I do it for free (And that does not happen all of the time.), it is because I feel something about that person. And then I tell them, if you become successful and you make millions, you better not forget me. Nine out of 10 times, I am right by shooting them. It is an amazing shoot.

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Internet Hollywood: Last question; what are some of the main goals you have set for this year and are you currently working in any projects right now?

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Mark: My main goal is to make as much in photographer in pay as I do in my regular job or more. I would like to work with some amazing superstars. (I did get to work with some amazing Gospel Artist last year. Rance Allen and The Walls Group. ). I would like to help push models in the direction that they want to go. (For that they will need to be diligent and just listen.). I am looking to put Connecticut on the Map.

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Internet Hollywood: Thank you for the interview, Mark!

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