About Me

My inquisitiveness and seeming ability to connect with people quickly and easily was something I think I learned very early in childhood - probably partly being the youngest member of a large family. So when I got hooked on photography over 15 years ago and realised I could marry my new passion with what comes very naturally to me, it was a bit of a 'light-bulb moment'.

Photography has been a huge part of my life since I qualified in Professional Photographic Practice at the London College of Printing and set up my business in 2002. Although I have learned a great deal through the kindness of other photographers, and being part of workshops and events in the photographic community, my best learning has come from the numerous commissions I've undertaken photographing people year on year.

In essence I am a portrait and documentary photographer but I like to think of what I do in less grand terms as someone who simply photographs people and creates stories in pictures.

With every wedding I shoot I strive to tell the story of that day with commitment, focus and energy and to capture the love and relationships between people – moments of tenderness, humour, drama and ritual -  and to produce results that are both beautiful and truthful.

With my family photography I want to capture the deep relationships between family members and to produce pictures that will trigger genuine and life-long memories, bringing the fleeting moments of childhood and family life right back in an instant whenever they look at their pictures.

With headshot and other types of portraiture sessions, my overriding aim is to relax my subjects and prove to them that having your portrait taken can be a fun and positive experience and not something to dread - and that having a great photograph of yourself that you love and feel is represents who you are, can be really useful both professionally and personally.

I also shoot for businesses, artists, authors, performers and cover corporate, publicity and pr events, conferences, festivals... anything that involves capturing images of people and documenting the spirit of an event.

I am based in Teddington in the London Borough of Richmond but I travel all over London and the country for commissions. I love the variety of locations and situations that my work takes me to. One day I'll be photographing a family at home and in their local park, next I'm shooting a live performance at the Albert Hall, then I'm off to Scotland to photograph a wedding.

My business is run with the assistance of Carey (shown above on the right) who works with me in the office helping with everything pre and post shooting. Carey is brilliant at most things but her absolute best skill is her care with clients, ensuring that the whole experience of having me as their photographer runs smoothly and efficently.

Most of my work comes to me by word of mouth and I’m lucky enough to have many clients that return to me again and again to document the big events in their lives and recommend me to their friends and families. I also have many established, returning clients in the business sector.  It is a privilege to have this continual stamp of approval for my work and of course the ultimate endorsement of it.

I like to take my camera everywhere with me and it continues to be a pastime that I find both relaxing and endlessly fascinating. I also love spending time with my 11 year old daughter, walking in the English countryside - the South Downs Way and stretches of the Thames Path are my current favourites - and just spending time with people who are dear to me.

Below are some observations from others about the art of photographing people that resonate with me, and which I strive for when I have my camera in my hand:

'The most important thing... It's not clicking the shutter, it's clicking with the subject'

   - Alfred Eisenstaedt

'Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished, there is no contrivance on earth that can make them come back again'

   - Henri Cartier-Bresson

'The Chinese say that for a work of art you need three things – the hands, the eye and the heart'

   - David Hockney

To get a sense of my style and approach, please browse the galleries and stories in this site. You will also find lots of other practical information within these pages that I hope will be helpful.

Get in touch through my contacts page: contact me email me at anna@annamccarthy.com or on 07811 242266.

Keep abreast of my latest work by visiting my Photoblog

I hope to hear from you.

Anna McCarthy