We had the good fortune of connecting with Murphy Weibel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Murphy, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Before going full time with photography, I worked for a few food companies doing their marketing and community outreach. Even though I liked a few of those jobs, I hated the 9-5 structure. Being stuck in the same cubicle doing the same thing every day was a little maddening to think about for the next, however many years. When I graduated college, I thought that was it, that is what everyone did and you just suffer through for the rest of your life. As a Christian, I truly believed there was more of a calling for me and my life to not be passionate about my life or job. At the time, I had just gotten married, started a new job, and we had a sizable amount of student loan debt hanging over us. The idea of me quitting my secure job to pursue my dream was a colossal jump, the biggest I’ve ever made by far. It’s a funny thing when you realize you have so much more faith than fear, and when the excitement about the possibilities is stronger than the fear of failure than you are on the right track. It wasn’t easy or seamless, but it felt right, and continues to feel right every morning I wake up so thankful for my career path and for the life I have.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Art is such a beautiful word to describe what I do, and there are so many titles I believe I can call myself. Artist, creative, photographer, third wheel. My favorite title of all though, which I feel best describes my job is a story teller. Starting out, I wanted to take the most beautiful photos. I wanted every couple to look and feel perfect, for the image to be perfect and stunning and happy. As I’ve grown I’ve realized it goes so much more beyond the perfect photo. Every human and every relationship I capture is so unique and special, and it’s my job to tell their story in the most authentic and genuine way possible. My goal always has been for my couples to look back on the days that I’ve captured and feel like they are there again, and that my photos captured them, and their day perfectly. Perfect is sometimes messy, emotional, and spontaneous. It’s with this goal in mind that I’ve truly pushed myself and my business to continue to grow, for my skills to improve, and to learn more everyday about my business and about myself.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
As a Denver native, there are SO many places to go and things to do to have a great time. Coming from a nature gal, I would start out in Boulder, go for a hike at Chautauqua with brunch at the Buff or a walk down Pearl street checking out the shops. I’d stop and get a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Carmel dipped apple for the ride back to Denver. If It was a nice day, I’d go up to Red Rocks Amphitheater and imagine myself at a show, or, if was summer, I would sign us up for a Flim on the Rocks movie. If we wanted a city experience, I would take you to Rino and show you all the breweries and restaurants. Maybe we would go to Shake Shack for a burger and fries or Barcelona Wine Bar if we wanted to get real fancy. If we wanted a drink and enjoy the outdoors I’d take us to Ironton Distillery or over to Avante. For dessert, we would make the trip to Sweet Cow for the best Ice cream in Denver. For a longer trip, we would go all over Colorado, we’d climb a 14er like Mt. Beirstadt, head up the hill to the mountains to stay in Breckinridge. For the sunrise, I’d bring us to Blue Lakes in Breck and freeze our butts off, we would rent a boat on Lake Dillion and have a campfire at night. City and Mountains would be the perfect trip to Colorado, though, no time is truly enough!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I absolutely love this question. I can thank most, if not all, of my success today and where I’m going to my mentors and inspiration from friends and family. I want to break up my shoutouts into three categories. How I started, how I continue, and my constant support system. I would never have made the leap into photography without some of my incredible mentors and teachers. I would never have started without Karra from Karra Leigh Photo for teaching me so much and being such a great friend. Leslie from Leslie Lewis Photography for pushing me to just start an instagram and jump into my biz despite my fear. Being in a somewhat lonely industry, I have some amazing industry sisters who have helped me through every step of the way. Keely from Keely AF Events has walked with me through every season, starting our businesses together and creating goals for our business. Camille Fenn from Handsome Love Calligraphy, for showing me how to be incredible lady boss, learning and expanding my understanding of myself and the type of business owner I want to be, Camille inspires me everyday. As for my support system, I am so lucky to have the best cheerleaders in my friends and family, but more than anyone, my amazing husband Brett. He personified a faithful and loving husband and believed in me when I pitched a tough sell to leave my secure jobs for a shaky at best dream. He is so proud of me and never lets a moment pass without letting me know. I feel ready for any challenge and confident in every goal because he is with me.
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