My name is Yasmin Murphy and I’m from a small town in Burlington, Vermont. I currently reside in Knoxville, Tennessee where I’ve lived most of my life.
I initially wanted to be a photographer at a young age simply to document my experiences and be able to look back on them when I got older. From a young age, I was always collecting things and journaling so that one day I’d rediscover these memories. Photographing was the same process.
As I got older and more experienced in my field, I turned my focus more towards making art rather than just documentation. The idea that I could create my own narrative was really neat. Whether I’m photographing my travels or photographing my peers I’ll always strive to tell some story.
Here’s my camera gear for portrait photography:
Canon 5D Mark II – I’ve been using this camera as long as it’s been out. I use the Mark II mostly in the studio or client work.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 – There are only a few lenses I use. This is one of them. This is probably my favorite lens as it is so versatile for what I shoot. Great for portraits and landscapes.
Canon 50mm f/1.2 – The nifty fifty as some call it is definitely a bang for your buck. I keep this on my Canon film camera always. It’s sharp, it’s inexpensive, and it’s lightweight.
Canon Rebel G – This was my first film camera and I love it. I use it as my camera b when I’m shooting with my Mamiya RZ. It’s a great camera because it’s automatic so you can just throw film in and snap away. I carry this camera the most with me.
Polaroid Automatic 100 Land Camera – This is such a fun camera because you get to use peel apart film (RIP to my bank account). Sadly this film is no longer being manufactured and can get pretty pricey on eBay. However, when I do have the extra money to buy film for this camera it’s always a treat.
Sekonic Flashmate L-308X-U – I use this when I’m shooting with my Mamiya RZ to provide the most accurate light meter reading.
Kodak Gold (expired film) – I recently acquired a box of expired film from Craigslist. This film was one of my favorites. Expired film varies so the results can be all over the place. However, it can produce some really neat results. It’s just fun to experiment with.
Kodak Portra – If you’ve ever shot this you know the results are uncanny. This is my go-to film stock. The colors from this film are amazing.
Mamiya RZ – A beast of a camera. I shoot the majority of my personal work with this camera. It produces some amazing negatives. I have the 110mm lens and it’s the perfect fit for portraits. My favorite camera hands down.