Gig Faces: Kayla Murphy pairs photography with winemaking

Kayla Murphy was born and raised in Macon, Missouri.

Today, she works as a contract winemaker at West Winery and runs her own photography business. She started out as a science teacher at Macon Middle School, but her passion for photography led her to switch career paths and start her own business in 2010.

As a contract worker and a self-employed business owner, Murphy, 29, said she doesn’t have a typical day. Depending on the time of the year, she has to strategically manage her schedule for both jobs.

“You work a lot, and you miss a lot as well,” she said. “Some months, I was like, ‘oh my god, what do I do? Why am I doing this?’ But then at the end of the day, I know why I did it … it’s a matter of give and take with everything.”


Gig Faces profiles individuals who work jobs in the gig economy.


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