Trendsetter to Know: Photographer Colin Murray of Studio 6060

Website: www.cbm.photography/www.colinmurrayphotography.com

Age: 58

Title: Owner/Creative Director

Married/Single: Married

Kids: 1 Daughter

City you live in: Phoenix

A typical day in my life includes… Marketing, shoot planning, shooting, post-processing, and of course now, zoom/team/gotomeeting/facetime calls. Working basically. In the evenings, dinner at home most days, it’s important to me that we sit at the table and eat meals together to catch up.

I was born… in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

My favorite thing about Arizona… Sun, Heat, Desert. Arizona reminds me of my place of birth. If you fell asleep in Zimbabwe and woke up in Arizona, it would take a while to figure out you have moved.

I’m listening to… Podcasts of all sorts, no one favorite. Music is mostly stuff from the 60’s, 70’s and sometimes 80’s.

My family… Scattered, no more parents, but siblings in England, daughter at Medical School in St. Louis, extended family in Africa. In Arizona it’s just me, my dear wife Kathleen and of course, Sherlock the Basset.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… My extended family from around the world.

One thing I cannot live without… Apart from the obvious – air, water, food, and my family, nothing really, I’m pretty content, don’t need things to fill up my life or my time.

When I was younger, I wanted to be… Several things, A Lawyer, Successful Businessman, Photographer, Father…glad to say I’ve done them all.

I’m inspired by… The great photographers of the 60’s and 70’s like Richard Avedon and Helmut Newton.

The one person who motivates me is… My wife, Kathleen.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… The idea that success = money. I would like to see a world when kindness, help and respect for everyone is the measure of success. Having the most toys or the biggest house, or the most expensive car says nothing about your character. I wish people would want to be judged by what they do for others rather than what they have. 

The perfect day would be… What I do now, maybe a few more clients at the moment, but that’s about it, I like what I do.

My first job was… Barrister (Lawyer) 

My favorite escape… Sailing or driving out into the desert to photograph Arizona’s amazing scenery

My life… Has been generally good, some lows, one super-low (health-wise) but generally I’ve bounced back.

I’m currently working on… “Nice Hat” A gallery exhibition that was supposed to be last year, but was moved due to COVID, to next year at the earliest.

Always… Be generous with your time and resources. Learn when you have the opportunity and pass on what you can to others who might benefit from the lessons you have learned.

Never… Look down on people based on their circumstances, it could be you one day…

Favorite Quote… Don’t believe your own BS

Biggest Dream… More of the same….

My Pet Peeve(s)… Indecision. If you are in the line at Starbucks for 10 mins, you should know what you what when you get to the front. Also aggressive, inconsiderate drivers…..

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