Nelson Murray is one of our Top 30 under 30 featured photographers.
Here’s a little bit more about him, what he does, and some of his best advice:
Tell us how you got started in photography.
My interest in photography was sparked as a kid when I stumbled upon my grandparents’ collection of National Geographic magazines. The ways a photograph can tell a story have made a big impression on me since then. Learning the science behind photography and the way a camera works greatly intrigued me as a teenager. When I heard my high school had a grade 11 and 12 photography class, I signed up even though I was in 10th grade. My grandmother, noticing the passion I had for photography, bought me my first DSLR in when I was 18 and I shot my first wedding 2 years later. I will always credit her with leading me to where I am now.
Now that you are one of Canada’s top 30 under 30 wedding photographers, what’s next for you?
The plan is to keep shooting and continue developing my style. I always feel there is more to learn every time I am pick up the camera, especially about myself as a photographer. My end goal is to expand the business and travel to tell people’s stories from all over the world.
How has attending photography seminars or photo conventions such as the Canada Photo Convention benefited you as a photographer?
I have not had the opportunity to go to Canada Photo Convention as of yet, but the sense of community from the last workshop I attended was a huge benefit to me. Enhancing my technical skill is always a bonus but connecting with other photographers and sharing ideas and philosophies has allowed me to grow as a photographer and as a human being. I have learned that while the industry can be competitive, it is far more important to focus on the community and allow yourself to be inspired.
What does it mean to you personally to be a young wedding photographer in Canada?
Being a wedding photographer is more than a job, it allows me to connect with others and recognize the beauty that exists in each moment. I always feel privileged after every wedding I shoot. Each one is a reminder that love and happiness are what is most important in this world. Everyone’s story is unique and I am honoured to be able to tell these stories through my photography.
Tell us about a pinch-me moment that you had where you just couldn’t believe that this became your life.
Last year, after being nominated through Canada’s Top 30 under 30, I was selected as one of Rangefinder Magazine’s 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography. Definitely something I did not see coming. Having been featured alongside some of my favourite photographers still boggles my mind. Being recognized by other professionals in my field at an international level was huge for my confidence as a photographer.
What’s one thing you would say to another photographer that’s just getting started?
Shoot for yourself. Every photo you take is a chance to express your view of the world around you. Every moment you capture is a chance to tell a story as you experience it. The more you shoot for yourself, the more unique your style will become and the more you will grow as a photographer.
To see more of Nelson’s work, check out his website here.