Lea Murphy. Photo by Edyn Pryor

Lea Murphy. Photo by Edyn Pryor

I was four years old and remember clearly the blackness of my grandpa's camera with its shiny glass lens as he took my picture. I knew that somehow it was connected to the photographs that hung on the walls of my grandparents' home.

It would be seven more years before I'd pick up a camera and make pictures of my own to earn my Girl Scout photography badge during summer camp.

Over the years I've photographed dogs, cats, cars, food, horses, houses, families, weddings, products, people, interiors, exteriors, landscapes and artwork. But it wasn't until I decided to specialize in newborns, infants and children that I felt I'd landed exactly where I belonged with my camera.

In 2007 I remodeled two rooms in our hundred-year-old Brookside home to create a strobe-lit studio and a natural-light studio, and I've been photographing little people and their families ever since.

Photography has changed in siginificant ways over the forty years I've been doing it: film has all but disappeared, printed photographs have taken a back seat to digital image files and computers are as indespensible to a photographer as cameras and lenses.

The tools and technology change, but the basic gist is still the same: to produce an image that speaks something to the viewer—whether it's a newborn baby changing a couple into a family, or a first step changing a baby into a toddler.

Life's biggest moments are sometimes wrapped up in its littlest people, and I would be honored to photograph for you.


Lea has a poetic way of looking at people, and it is reflected perfectly in her photography. 


Lea's photographs don't just capture what my children look like; they tell a story of who they are.


I am absolutely in LOVE with these photos! As always, thank you so much for capturing our family so beautifully.


These photographs are incredible, Lea. The first one made my eyes water. . . . The second, my heart laughed all over again.