Photographer, JMurdock Photography
As a self-taught photographer, I continue to learn and refine my craft. Originally, I used photography as a way to capture, preserve, and highlight the unique people, places, and stories that I encountered throughout the state of Mississippi.
I gain a special sense of inspiration from the Mississippi Delta through the people, history, and culture of the region. In addition to the Delta, my work showcases important places from throughout the entire state of Mississippi.
Eventually I decided to offer fine art prints of my photography. In 2008 I participated in my first arts festival, which was the Cotton District Arts Festival in Starkville, Mississippi. The experience was incredible because it was immediately evident that other people had similar connections to the special places that I was capturing. As people visited my booth, they would tell me stories about their night at Ground Zero, their memories from visiting their grandparent’s farm, or holding a print from their hometown. I am so thankful that so many people care about the places that I am trying to preserve through photography.
Since 2008, I have been a regular artisan at the Cotton District Arts Festival in Starkville, Mississippi, and have won numerous awards through the annual Juried Art Competition.
My love for community extends to my own community of Starkville, Mississippi. I have long been an active volunteer for several civic groups in an effort to enhance and highlight the amazing quality of life in Starkville. I began photographing various events in order to assist our local chamber of commerce, convention and visitor’s bureau, and Main Street association with promoting the community. Eventually that grew into another opportunity to utilize my love of photography.
Over the years I have dabbled in numerous types of photography. I have taken headshots and portraits, photographed children’s birthday parties, and once I even shot a wedding. I have worked with magazines on editorial stories featuring musicians, chefs, artists, and homeowners. I have also worked in food photography. I have also been fortunate enough to have had my photography appear in American Way Magazine, The ‘Sip Magazine, Catfish Alley Magazine, TravelandLeisure.com, Mississippi Tour Guide, and PopPhoto.com, as well as numerous tourism publications in Starkville. I also shoot regularly for the "Starkville: Mississippi's College Town" brand through the Starkville Partnership.
Through those experiences I realized that my niche lies in my love for shooting community events and sports. Living in a college town I have gained a special appreciation for tourism since it is the lifeblood of our community. Serving on committees and boards with our local convention and visitor’s bureau and Main Street association showed me how hard business owners and community leaders work to make their community special.
This personal experience with tourism led me to using my photography to highlight various events, quality of life initiatives, and the overall character of a community. I have photographed large outdoor concerts, festivals, and sports. Whether it is a concert with thousands of people, and SEC football gameday, or the local farmers’ market, I strive to capture the character and feel of the event.
So in addition to fine art prints and products, I also offer editorial photography services specializing in community events and sports photography.
I would love to share my work with you, so please contact me with any questions regarding my fine art or editorial photography.