Student Profile: Jo McCarthy

Jo McCarthy attended a one-on-one day course with one of Photoion’s Photography School Tutor’s Ion Paciu on a cold day in London in March 2012.


At the time of the 1:1 session Jo owned a second-hand Nikon D2x which she wasn’t getting the most out of, finding it difficult to remember how to use its functions. Jo was able to use the tutor Ion’s camera throughout the day and enjoyed using it so much that day that after her session with Ion she actually changed over to Canon and bought the 5d mkII (and claims he hasn’t looked back!)


Having been a keen photographer from 14 years old as a wedding photographer’s assistant, but without the training and education, lacked the technical knowledge to make the most out of her pictures. Spending the day with Ion gave Jo a really good understanding about lighting for different situations, as well as aperture, exposure, depth of field and good photo composition. She quickly realised that you need to move around and explore taking photos from positions you would not normally be in.

Since then Jo McCarthy has had numerous photoshoots of different types – pregnancy, newborn, individual, family & pet portraits, charity & corporate events, birthday parties, naming ceremonies, and a few weddings some images can be seen below:



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Here’s exactly what Jo McCarthy had to say about it:

“I especially enjoy doing children photoshoots which is what the majority of my bookings are, and have set up a Christmas grotto in my home studio for the last couple of years which has proved to be a big success in my local town, with parents using the images to send out personalised Christmas cards.

I have also been lucky enough to link up with my town’s local magazine and provide a regular stream of images for publication, including photos from a book signing with David Attenborough. I also won our Parish Council’s jubilee photography competition in 2012, with 3 of my images making the shortlist for the final, as well as winning the Metro Autumn photo competition back in December 2010. My work has also featured on the website for radio station Saint FM.

I am looking to improve all the time, and the next thing on my list is to develop my studio lighting skills by