dog photography

Voyage Houston Magazine Feature

Recently I was featured by Voyage Houston Magazine as part of their inspiring entrepreneurs series.  You can read the original article at Voyage Houston (with more cute puppy pictures!) or read it below.

Meet Megan Murray of Megan Murray Photography

french bulldog with crooked teeth houston texas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Murray.

Megan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?

I became a dog mom in 2005 and my life was forever changed. It’s funny how a little ball of fur who has bad breath, pees on your floor and chews your furniture can wiggle completely into your life and heart. What in the world did we do before we had a dog? Gosh, what a boring life it must have been!

Mackenzie, a dachshund mix, taught me about responsibility and unconditional love and started my obsession with short puppy legs. Less than a year later, we brought Sophie, our spunky Maltese mix, home and learned that there was indeed enough love to go around. And a few years after that, we rescued a calm puppy only to realize later that her personality was anything but calm. Sadie inspires me to live life with exuberance and joy.

Like most dog moms, my phone was filled with thousands of snapshots of my furbabies, but one day I realized we didn’t have a really nice picture of our little family all together. I was desperate to document the head tilt and crazy hair and underbite of our first children, so I hired a professional photographer to do just that! Fast forward several years… our dogs’ portraits still hang prominently in our family room, and I now help other dog moms and dads preserve memories of their own beloved furbabies.

Has it been a smooth road?

Most people think their dog would never behave well enough for a photo session, but that is a myth! While some dogs can be more challenging than others to photograph, it’s amazing how a little patience, funny noises, and stinky treats can turn any dog into a supermodel!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Megan Murray Photography – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.

I’m an on-location photographer specializing in candid pet photography in Houston, Texas. I believe dogs are family, and my goal is to provide clients with a fun and personalized photography experience resulting in beautiful artwork to enjoy every day.

My sessions are laid-back with plenty of time for belly rubs and a game of fetch. But the fun doesn’t end there! After the session, I create and deliver custom framed wall portraits and albums. Smiles guaranteed! Houston dog moms choose me because they appreciate quality photography, timeless tangible artwork, and personal attention from start to finish.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?

Having family close by is my favorite thing about Houston. A close second is the variety of world-class restaurants, entertainment, sports, and cultural events. I don’t enjoy the mosquitoes or the hot and humid summers (not exactly the best weather for an outdoor portrait session!).

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Thank you Voyage Houston!

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A Texas tradition: bluebonnet photos aren't just for people!

To be completely honest, my bluebonnet sessions almost didn't happen this year. 

My husband and I had a trip planned to Paris during the exact 2-week period when the bluebonnets typically peak in Houston, and I wasn't sure if the timing would work.  And for those of you with dogs and/or kids, you know how hectic it can be preparing for a big trip and making sure your babies are taken care of!

Luckily, Mother Nature cooperated with my travel schedule.

At the last minute, I opened an evening of sessions - it not only sold out, but I ended up opening up a second evening.  One sweet dog mom said she'd been stalking me on social media for the last year hoping to snag a bluebonnet session!

Thankful to keep this Texas tradition going (third year in a row!)

Without further ado, the sweet and spunky pups who joined me in the bluebonnets this year:

Sierra and Rocky

Sierra and Rocky

Munchkin

Munchkin

Brody

Brody

Bruiser

Bruiser

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And there's always one cheeseball in the group:

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Do you enjoy bluebonnet pictures as much as I do?  See more sessions from 2017 and 2016.


Barkarica... a workcation with puppies!

How many of you with corporate jobs attend industry conferences or enroll in continuing education classes?  Usually held in a huge hotel and conference center, you have to dress up and make awkward small talk, but at least you're not sitting behind your desk staring at Excel, right?  Yep, been there, done that. 

But this was totally different.

palm trees at Manuel Antonio beach

palm trees at Manuel Antonio beach

Imagine tropical weather...

...a luxurious treehouse with a pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean...

...amazing home-cooked meals by a private chef...

...monkeys playing on the rooftop deck...

...sunsets on the beach...

...puppies...

... three inspiring, passionate, and successful instructors...

...and a small group of insanely talented pet photographers.

Barkarica.

No shoes required.  Class in the pool.  Field trips to the beach and rain forest.  Downtime in the hammock.  Now that's my kind of continuing education!

Barkarica was actually the second out-of-this-world pet photography retreat that Nicole, Charlotte, and Kaylee hosted.  I sadly missed the first one, Barkelona, because well, at the time I had a 7-month old baby to take care of!  But I wasn't going to let another opportunity pass me by.  In February, I hopped on a plane down to Costa Rica.

monkeys at the beach

monkeys at the beach

So what do a bunch of pet photographers do when we get together?  Photograph dogs!!  Our first shoot was at the Rafiki Safari Lodge - this place was well off the beaten path nestled in the mountains, known for its "glamping."  The resident dog and his buddies were our models.

Flash

Flash

Charlie

Charlie

My favorite shoot of the week was at the beach in Manuel Antonio.  The dogs ran, jumped, splashed, and played fetch with sticks and balls and coconuts.  We all got covered in sand.

Maggie

Maggie

Romeo, a boston terrier, is easily the craziest dog I have ever photographed.  Even after two hours of his crazy antics, he still wanted more!

Romeo

Romeo

a little behind the scenes...  dog paparazzi!

Photo credit:  Charlotte Reeves

Photo credit: Charlotte Reeves

Mickey

Mickey

Spot

Spot

Maggie with her mama

Maggie with her mama

Near the end of the week, we visited the PAWS (Pets of Aguirre Welfare Shelter) shelter in Quepos to photograph their adoptable dogs.  We took the dogs on a short walk to a nearby river and goodness, it was beautiful! 

Elle, adoptable dog through  PAWS

Elle, adoptable dog through PAWS

Veronica, adoptable dog through  PAWS

Veronica, adoptable dog through PAWS

Peanut, since adopted!

Peanut, since adopted!

This next dog is Coco, and her life changed forever because of our photo shoot at the PAWS shelter.  Christine, one of the pet photographers at Barkarica, fell in love with Coco, adopted her, and took her home to Oregon two days after this photograph was taken!  Coco was a little timid this day at the river, but is now thriving in her new home.

Coco, adopted during Barkarica!

Coco, adopted during Barkarica!

and the group photo... that's a lot of puppy-lovin', photo-makin' talent right there folks, representing the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK! 

Photo credit:  Sam Haddix

Photo credit: Sam Haddix

As much as I love traveling, it's always nice to come home.  Barkarica pushed me creatively, inspired me, and was just plain awesome. 

I am forever grateful to shoot alongside and learn from this group of pet photographers!  We laughed, we cried, and we continue to encourage each other daily.  And hopefully it's not the last Barka-adventure for me...

Warrior and Chloe - Houston Midtown Pet Photography

Sometimes you find yourself in the right place at the right time for a reason.  Ten years ago in a random Piggly Wiggly parking lot in a small Alabama town, a lady was giving away free puppies.  Concerned by what might happen to this tiny little guy, Warrior's mama scooped him up, took him home, and started spoiling him rotten.

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After moving to the big city a few years later, they found Chloe wandering around the neighborhood.  It didn't take long for their family to grow from three to four as Chloe worked her way into their hearts.

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houston couple with rescue dogs

Warrior was named after that Alabama town, but now has about twenty nicknames... and he lives for playing ball!

playing ball at elizabeth glover dog park houston

Chloe is a daddy's girl and likes to go for walks and snuggle on the couch.

large dog urban graffiti wall houston

I usually refer to my photo sessions as doggie play dates.  This last image was taken at the very end of my date with Warrior and Chloe... I just love their smiles, don't you?

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2017 is getting off to a busy start.  March sessions are already booking, and there are a few spots left for the Portraits For Life event on February 11, benefiting Friends For Life animal shelter in The Heights.