In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I love pretending to play photographer. There is something so satisfying about holding a camera your hand and capturing a moment.
I definitely have photo-envy for Janice Murray’s unbelievable photography. I am in awe of her incredible skills and the wide range of subjects (and the stories that I am sure are behind them!), ranging from wild animals to the Boston swan boats. Looking through her portfolio, I was amazed at the vibrancy of her works, and wanted to buy a print of everything! (Though if I had to choose, it would have to be this puffin photo–seriously, how adorable are they?).
In addition to being a very talented photographer, Janice has a wide range of interests and has gone on some pretty incredible adventures.
How did you get started doing photography?
I was a teenager when I first picked up a camera. My dad gave me my first one. Think it was Brownie one. It was soon after my mom had passed away. I would wander around outside taking photos of the woods, birds, friends. Whatever I saw. I always had one with me, all through high school and even a bit in college. I was there to catch the moment in time. It is so much fun to look back at them now.
I love the freedom of being able to photograph what I like. Knowing that I get to share with others, places I have been and let them see what I do through my eyes.
What do you find most challenging?
Not always having the time to get out and shoot. When the light is just right and I know I have to go to my full-time job. Or seeing something that would make a great photograph, and not having the camera with you. And you rush home and rush back to the scene and its not the same. You have missed the moment. Photography is a lot about being in the right space at the right time.
What inspires you to create?
Colors that I see. The local landmarks at different times of the year. How it can be so different from year to year, season to season.
What do you think motivates others to buy handmade?
That they can meet the artist in person. Can hear for themselves how and when the photograph was taken. There is always a story behind many of the photographs I have taken. Getting that perfect shot, which meant you have laid in the dirt so you can get that angle. That they are buying something not massed produced.
What is your favorite handmade item you have bought or received?
It’s a pair of handmade fingerless gloves from Etsy. They are cream in color and have a little pink heart button on the cuff. They are perfect for when I am out photographing in the cool weather. Keeps my hands warm yet I still can use the controls on my camera.
I must say I love my job, I am a dental hygienist. So many of my patients are now friends. I have been in the same practice since I was 19. It’s so fun to catch up with them and to hear about their travels. And they ask about mine. They love to check out the new photographs that I have put up in my room. Many of them have them in their homes. I had taken them down and brought them home to change and forgot to bring them back. And patients that day were a bit upset. LOL!
When I am not cleaning teeth I love to travel. I have been to Africa which was amazing. Spent New Years Eve, in Bora Bora and got to swim with black tip sharks that day. Ran a marathon in Dublin, hot air balloon ride in Australia. Hiked the mountains in Switzerland. I have been lucky that I have been able to do that, can’t retire anytime soon since I spend all my money on travels. But who knows whats around the corner.
What is something people might not know about you?
I love Forensics. I took a week long course at the Armed Forces Insitute of Pathology. I am looking into becoming part of a DMORT team. (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team)
What is one piece of advice you would offer to others with their own creative business?
Do/Make what you love.