At 18, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in search of adventure. And I got it. Immediately, the Navy had me jumping out of helicopters and plunging into icy cold waters to save lives as a rescue swimmer. 

After returning from my second nine-month deployment, I had no photos to show for all those transformative moments and breathtaking views of Bahrain, U.A.E., and Italy from inside the helicopter cabin. So, I decided to buy my first camera to start documenting life as I saw it, with all the people, details, and adventures I found along the way. 

Photography soon became my creative outlet, especially when I got out of the Navy and needed it most. I fell in love with the entire process from getting to know the couples to editing the images.

Now, as the head wedding photographer at Murphy Studios, I film weddings and photograph everything, including engagements, anniversaries, military homecomings, families, professional headshots and events. My aim is to capture a moment or spontaneous conversation in order to tell your story for years to come.

I document the big bold moments in a couple’s life all across the northeast US.

WELCOME TO MURPHY STUDIOS. I'm ALAN AND

I’m that dad, yep, the one following around their child with a giant camera. Seriously, I’m recording whether my son is taking his first steps or just laughing at the silly faces my wife and I make at him over breakfast. We spend our weekends taking it easy on Long Beach Island. Life with the two of them is always something new, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My Family

Travel has always been a part of my life. Growing up as a second-generation immigrant, my summers were spent visiting family back in South Africa and touring Europe as a member of my church’s choir. These trips gave me a certain cultural perspective that grounded me in life and gave me an understanding of the voices of those around me. That’s why I’m always up for a destination wedding or photoshoot.

Travel

Veteran advocacy is my absolute mission in life. I’m here to to give a voice to veterans in every capacity, and I have several avenues to help me achieve that goal: my job at Success Academy Charter Schools as part of the Military Veteran Initiative; volunteering with amazing organizations like Team Rubicon and The Mission Continues; photographing veterans for my Veteran Portrait Project; photographing the families of active duty military with homecoming portrait sessions, and interviewing veterans for the podcast Barack Stories.

Veteran Advocate

Alan’s Atlas

Each pin on this map is a capsule of time in my life that inspires me to live life adventurously and take in every visual while doing so.

40.7128° N, 74.0060° W

There is so much to see in your own backyard. Places I haven’t even seen, but want to see and show my son someday. One day, I’ll plan a family road trip to see Colorado or Wyoming Anthony Bourdain style.

USA

64.9631° N, 19.0208° W

Pull off anywhere on the road and you’ll see just how picturesque and barren Iceland is. It’s worth a hike, especially if it ends with a hot spring.

Iceland

60.4720° N, 8.4689° E

My wife and I took a dingy plane up to to the northern reaches of Norway to see life outside of the city. There we saw eagles dive for fish in the fjords.

Norway

53.1424° N, 7.6921° W

I crossed off all the tourist spots in Ireland as a kid. So when I came back again for a friend’s wedding, I made it a point to experience Ireland’s culture the right way - in a bar, with a guiness in hand, listening to stories from the locals.

Ireland

19.8968° N, 155.5828° W

I want to retire here someday. Specifically on the island of Kauai, where my wife and I found the most stunning and secluded oasis at the end of a hike.

Hawaii

46.8182° N, 8.2275° E

We came to visit my wife’s family and tear up the swiss alps together. We did that and more including exploring a cavern and waterfall they, the locals, had never seen before.

Switzerland

31.0461° N, 34.8516° E

On my 2nd deployment, I took a day trip to Israel. It was eye-opening to witness all the places Jesus had walked before me and to see all the worshippers in front of the Western Wall of Jerusalem.

Israel

26.0667° N, 50.5577° E

I caught the travel bug during my first deployment to Bahrain. Where I would work hard during the day and explore the country in my downtime. I remember visiting bars with friends and mountain biking over desert dunes.

Bahrain

30.5595° S, 22.9375° E

South Africa will always remind me of my family. Going back now, means exploring outside of Johannesburg and seeing the lush vineyards of Cape Town and taking my own family on safari.

South Africa

veterans

Veteran Advocacy

Veteran advocacy is my absolute mission in life. I’m here to to give a voice to veterans in every capacity, and I have several avenues to help me achieve that goal volunteering with amazing organizations like Team Rubicon and The Mission Continues; photographing veterans for my Veteran Portrait Project and photographing the families of active duty military with homecoming portrait sessions