Kate McCarthy Photography

A fine-art, natural, relaxed wedding photographer with an eye for detail and an organised yet easygoing approach to your day.
Pricing & Costs

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Photography Style


Products and Services

Bridal Prep Shots
Back-Up Equipment
Photo Printing
Flexible Hours on the Day
Stay Through Speeches
Stay Through Dancing
Large Group Shots
Second Shooter Available
Wedding Albums
Personal Online Gallery
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Shoot with Film
Images on USB
Full Description
I am so aware of the many forms of love in this world and am thrilled by the prospect of ‘bottling’ the joy it brings. The photos from my own wedding day are such a perfect reminder of the magic we found on that particular day and have inspired me to give other couples the same experience. I aim to capture the space in the silences, the solemnity of the vows, the scramble of the bouquet toss and the unabashed adulation of your guests as they celebrate you. This day is only about your love and celebrating that love with your friends and family. I am so excited to capture the details for you, to catch what you miss and to give you a beautiful, classic final product that you will cherish. Your wedding is a unique and special event that completely encapsulates who you are as individuals and who you become as a couple together. It is the beginning of the rest of your lives. I endeavour to record these details for you, to show the best versions of yourselves & truly contribute to your lasting memories of the day.


No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 30 and 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Married in August 2016
August 2016
Kate made our wedding an absolute dream...
Kate made our wedding an absolute dream. Myself and my husband aren't natural Or always fully comfortable in front of the camera but Kate made everything so easy. She understood us and our wedding from our very first conversation, and really helped with extra little bits of advice and tips to make it the best it can be. She's always beautifully presented, friendly and super professional and she makes everything so much fun.
Married in July 2016
July 2016
Kate produced some amazing photographs particularly along the sea front...
Kate produced some amazing photographs particularly along the sea front - she captured the light and also a nice sense of humour came threw in the images .
Married in July 2016
July 2016
Kate was absolutely amazing...
Kate was absolutely amazing, we could not have asked for a better photographer, even in the lead up to the wedding, sending me emails with tips and reminders, it was lovely to have someone as excited about my wedding as I was. On the actual day of my wedding I had come down with the flu (gutted!) Kate was so understanding and helped me out so much I could not have carried on like I did with out her. I not only hired a photographer but a best friend too! With beautiful pictures to be treasured.
Location & Contact Details


Manchester, Greater Manchester, England

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Press & Awards

Industry Awards (2)

TWIA 2017 Regional Finalist
TWIA 2020 Highly Commended

What is your most memorable wedding?

I was lucky enough to shoot a 2-day wedding celebration this year that was truly a labour of love for the couple: the groom's father performed the ceremony and only 20 close family members attended but then the reception 3 days later was almost like a wild house party at the stunning Parsonage Gardens in Didsbury!

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Creative, Relaxed, Offbeat, Dramatic, Soft

What about your business are you most proud of?

How I've worked so hard whilst being a wife and mother of a toddler and built a successful business from the ground up, maintaining close relationships with other wedding professionals

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Listen only to yourselves and plan a wedding that celebrates YOU and your relationship without bending too much to anyone else's will!

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

A polaroid guestbook!

What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?

A good dramatic, full-length portrait showing off the outfits and the venue! (trickier to do than it sounds)

What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?

a good clear bubble umbrella and a bit of courage

Describe how you got into photography.

I am an American who found her new hometown in beautiful rainy Manchester. I moved to the UK in the Autumn of 2010 after spending my post-university years living in Hamburg, Germany where I met my lovely English husband. The daughter of an artist, I grew up in a household that always encouraged creativity and finding one's path through self-expression. At university I variously studied painting, theatre, and film but it was a semester spent in Florence where I learned about photography. I learned the history of the medium and how to process and develop my own film whilst living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I began collecting vintage and antique cameras, playing with 35 mm and Poloroid film and ultimately discovering the magic of digital photography. Upon meeting my husband, I proceeded to photograph every detail, every event to the point where we now have a photographic archive of our relationship. With the birth of our daughter, the archive now has a (huge!) new chapter.