your portrait artist
MEET STACEY MCCARTHY
Hi, I'm Stacey! I'm a pregnancy, newborn and family photographer from Camden, NSW. I have two amazing, head strong kids who definitely take after their Mumma!
My idea of a perfect Saturday night is a cheese platter, a vodka and the footy on the telly. (wild, I know!)
Photos never felt more important than after my mum passed away suddenly in 2019. You don’t realise how important photos are until your loved ones are taken away from you.
I've always had an interest in photography. Unfortunately when I was in high school (many moons ago!) my parents couldn't afford for me to take photography as an elective. My interest only grew stronger until I got my first point and shoot camera (a Pentax Espio 115V) for my 19th birthday.
From that point on I lived with a camera in my hands. I photographed everything and everyone, to the point where I think I was starting to drive people crazy!
In 2009 my hubby bought me my first digital SLR camera - a Canon 7D with two kit lenses.
In 2010 I took my hobby to tafe and graduated with a Cert IV in photoimaging. Since then I’ve done several courses and one-on-one mentoring with some of the world’s leading photographers.
I’m constantly learning and perfecting my craft through training and workshops. In 2019 I became a certified photographer with The Academy of Newborn Photography and in 2020 I was awarded two Bronze awards in the Rise International Photography Awards.
Photos never felt more important than after my mum passed away suddenly in 2019. I'm so grateful for my obsession with taking photos of every moment and every occasion. It means we will never forget her smile, her coyness, the lines on her face and the deep blue of her eyes. You don’t realise how important photos are until your loved ones are taken away from you.
Photography may not feel like a priority right now, but I promise it's an investment that will only grow in value as the years go by.
"Nothing beats holding a photo in your hands and having all those thoughts and emotions come flooding back"
The thing I've always had a love for is the photographs. Pulling out old boxes and albums, and listening to all the old family stories about the who and the where, the hairstyles and the fashion.
Now I love to do the same with my kids. I have boxes and boxes of photos and negatives from that old Pentax. Nothing beats holding a photo in your hands and having all those thoughts and emotions come flooding back.
When my son was born in 2008 I wanted to capture every tiny detail as he grew and changed before my eyes.
get to know me
what's your theme song?
1. Days go by - Keith Urban
2. Run the world - Beyoncé
3. Photograph - Ed Sheerin
4. Can't knock the hustle - Jay Z
what's your drink of choice?
2. dirty Martini
if you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?
what's your go-to outfit?
lamb and veggies
1. yoga pants and a singlet
2. jeans and a t-shirt
3. dress and heels
4. cute little playsuit
what are you most likely to binge watch?
2. Tiger King
where do you get most of your ideas?
1. in the shower
2. at my desk
3. at the gym
4. in the car
what are you most affraid of?
3. public Speaking
living or dead, who would you most like to have dinner with?
what's your choice of dessert?
1. waffles and ice-cream
2. chocolate brownie
3. apple pie
4. caramel sundae
who was your teen crush?
1. Brad Pitt
2. Tom Cruise
3. Leonardo Di Caprio
4. Keanu Reeves
pineapple on a pizza?
what's your ideal pet?
which song would you be most likely to sing at Karaoke?
1. I wanna dance with somebody - Whitney Houston
2. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
3. Wannabe - Spice Girls
4. Livin' on a prayer - Bon Jovi
5. all of the above!
coffee or tea?