Online Lives: Meet photographer John Murray who helps people see the beauty in themselves

Photographer John Murray is keen to help people see the beauty in themselves, especially as social media is saturated with retouched and edited photos.

“We all have a gap between how we see ourselves and how we think the rest of the world sees us.

"We also have a gap between who we feel we are and who we think the rest of the world expects us to be. My posts are aimed at closing that gap,” he said.

He hopes his work helps people accept themselves.

“In 2014 I trained with the world’s leading headshot photographer, Peter Hurley, who was named one of the top 10 most influential living photographers.

"His work and mentorship has taught me to seek out what goes on behind the eyes, rather than just take photographs of faces. My main focus now is human behaviour and self acceptance.”

John enjoys posting about self-acceptance and self-image, two subjects he is passionate about. “I sign off every blog post and talk with the same message:

‘How you walk in the skin you wear is your decision. Why not embrace it? What other choice do you have?

Every natural face is beautiful. Yours is different to mine and mine from the next face. If you find it difficult to see the beauty. Come see me.’”

Knowing he has made an impact on someone’s life makes John happy.

“I know from messages and meeting people that the posts themselves teach people about the substance of who they are and who I am.

"I am more interested in people questioning what they see and read on social media and identifying their own value rather than feeling social anxiety over what they see from others and trying to keep up.”

John posts frequently on his LinkedIn page as he finds he gets high engagement with followers. He writes at johnmurrayheadshots.com/blog.

“My main platform at the moment is Linkedin. People seem more engaged in the strength of content rather over the constant posting.

"My content has quite a strong message so I see better interactions and more return from my time online than I do on other platforms.

“I do love Instagram though. I’m a photographer, it is a great platform for people stepping into
photography and teaches us to look differently at the world around us.”

The Dublin-born photographer shares his professional work online as well as an insight into his private life.

“I try to post and have a balance between my own life and what is needed to let people see into the business.”


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