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“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…”

-Ecclesiastes 3:1, KJV

Seasons of change occur all throughout life, some happy, some sad and some intentional…

Last year, turning 40 really put things into a completely different perspective than ever before, such as the fact that my life, by all statistics, is pretty much half lived! If it is God’s will, I statistically have 40 more years to make a splash on this earth.  Over the past 10 months I have wondered and prayed about how I want or am supposed to do that.

One thing I know for sure, having the opportunity to pursue photography has been one of my greatest experiences, but the time has come for me to take my knowledge and skills in a different direction.  With that being said, I am scaling back my professional photography to focus on my love of travel and nature photography.  I will only be booking a very limited amount of senior sessions and small weddings, while I make plans to return to school!  Yikes, college at 40!

When May rolls around, I will be onto a new season of life. I will be making my exit from Studio Blue and coming home to focus on more personal matters.  May is one of my favorite times of year!  I look forward to getting my hands dirty, planting flowers and vegetables and preparing my outdoor room where I will hide away during the summer months.  As my photography grew over the years, my time in my outdoor space became limited. Over time, I missed getting to do the things that truly made me happy!  For years I felt my photography and flowers were one in the same and I can’t wait to experience that again!

I plan to blog more, share more travel and nature photography and just focus on life.  I long for more personal time with God. I long to just sit and listen and focus on the direction He has planned for the next chapter in life, you know, the next 40!

I will so miss Studio Blue and the ladies and talent that makes it what it is!  Studio Blue has become such a part of me and my photography, making this decision anything but lighthearted.  I have gone back and forth on this idea, but as time passes, I feel led to head this direction, knowing it is what is best for my handsome hubby and me.

I want to thank each of you who have supported my career and my business; you helped make it what it is today!  I also want to thank my inspiring fellow photographer-friends who have been both a support system and a backbone for me, over the past 6 years.  Photography is more than a career or industry, it is an entire community mixed with competition, love and a lot of support!

I promise, this isn’t a goodbye, this isn’t the end, I will always be a photographer! This is simply me moving forward to a new season and a completely different direction in life.

Much, much love to you all,


“Go back?” he thought. “No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!” So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.”

– J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit


  • Tallie johnson - February 12, 2016 - 10:58 pm

    Brave smart lady, always find a way to do the things you love as well as the things that need to be done. Follow your passion! And for your information I will NOT think of us as half dead!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shirley Pridmore Clinard - February 13, 2016 - 3:33 am

    Great to hear you are following your passion. I often wonder if people miss their gifts by getting to busy to enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • Jan Brooks - February 13, 2016 - 1:23 pm

    Good luck Dawn I know Austin will miss you a lotReplyCancel

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It is that wonderful time of year again!  No, I am not referring to Christmas or this fabulous beach weather, I am talking about Senior Photography time!  I love tapping into my own creative and pulling the inner model out of my seniors.  With the 2016 senior season upon us, now is the time to book!

This year I made the decision shift my photography focus to Seniors and Weddings.  I expect that avenue to open and offer great things to both my clients and my business.

I serve all of North Alabama and parts of Southern Tennessee and for a fee, I will travel to you and customize your senior session to fit your style, your look and your character.

Contact me today for details regarding your customer senior session!

  • Cindy Cundiff - June 26, 2015 - 3:39 pm

    I am wanting to schedule an appt before the summer is over. We brought our youngest son home from China at the end of January. These would be his first photographs. I would also like to have some family pics made together as well. Let me know if you have any appts availableReplyCancel

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DMP and Studio Blue are heading to beautiful historic Mooresville, Alabama for Fall Minis.  Contact me today at: to book your session today! Check out Mooresville here:
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  • Kristen Hall - October 29, 2015 - 6:46 pm

    Hi, I talked to you through FB. I would like to book a session on November 11th. I sent you a message on FB messages but wasn’t sure if you got it. Thank you Kristen HallReplyCancel

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Big changes are underway for both Studio Blue and Dawn Murph Photography!  I am completely rebranding and getting a new website and Studio Blue is getting a facelift!  Here is a look at my fabulous new logo!  DawnMurph

I cannot wait to share the new look!

Be watching for changes on Market Street.  We are sprucing up the place!  My fellow photographers and I are working on changes for inside and out.  We can’t wait for the big reveal!  Details coming soon!

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