About Mc2 Photography
McCormick and McAdam - and an ever growing team...
Established by James McCormick and Marcus McAdam, Mc2 is the parent brand for a host of photography businesses. From commercial photography to workshops on the Isle of Skye, and from photo holidays around the world to online media entertainment, Mc2 is the hub connecting them together.
James and Marcus have been working together since 1996 - a journey which has taken them many times around the world and to over 80% of its countries. Their combined experience covers most genres of photography, with an impressive portfolio of high-end commercial, wildlife and landscape imagery. The Mc2 team is comprised of only the most talented, and pleasant people, with a range of specialities, and located around the world.
Building his roots in photography working as a Reuter’s photographer in Africa, he covered almost the entire continent before moving back to the UK to work as the photographer for Capital Radio in London. He spent most of the 1990’s photographing the elite of the music industry, such as Prince, Bon Jovi, and Madonna, travelling all over the world in the process.
“I love the challenge of photographing people. Some may have huge egos, some may not speak my language, and some may not want their photo taken at all. Mind-managing these people and overcoming problems is all part of what I love doing in order to get the image I am after.”
James lectures for the Royal Photographic Society in London, and also hosts workshops on street photography. He undertakes a range of commercial work from some of the world’s most recognisable companies such as Microsoft, Panasonic, and Vodafone to name just a few.
Marcus has been a professional photographer since 2008, with his skills spanning almost every genre of photography, but building his foundation as a travel photographer. He’s now based on the Isle of Skye where he leads photography workshops, holidays and wilderness tours.
As a travel photographer Marcus has previously lived in San Francisco, Venice, and Beijing, but has also worked extensively in places like Rwanda, India, and the more remote areas of China. He’s visited over fifty countries, with colleague James, on photographic assignments for the likes of Microsoft, Panasonic, Caffe Nero, China Southern Airlines, and Visit Britain. He also lectures at the Lacock School of Photography in southern England.
Out of the many places Marcus has been to and photographed, Utah stands out head and shoulders above the rest. The diversity of landscapes in such a small area is a photographer’s dream, from deep river gorges, to delicate stone arches, there are limitless compositions and images to take.
Harry might be the youngster of the team but his experience far outweighs his years having guided and photographed around the world from the Canadian Rockies to China.
Harry first picked up a camera over twelve years ago, honing his skills first on film and in the darkroom before transitioning to digital. Growing up on the edge of London, but spending much of his childhood in Scotland, the wild areas of the Highlands captivated him, and fuelled a love for the outdoors. This drove a passion to see more, and is surprisingly well travelled for his age, he’s surveyed birds in Ecuador and South Africa, led photo-holidays to China and Italy, and also lived in the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies for half a year working as a mountain/wildlife guide.
He’s also a trained zoologist and is annoyingly good at spotting wildlife, identifying it and telling you all about it. When not with customers he spends much of his free time sitting in the hills on Skye watching golden eagles, his favourite species worldwide; to Harry these magnificent and charismatic birds represent the wild nature and beauty of Scotland.
A multiple award-winning photographer, Nick has over 13 years of experience behind the lens. His patience, effort and skills are often praised by workshop customers who find his style easy to follow and memorise.
Hailing from Dumfries in south-west Scotland, Nick used to work as a web designer, making use of his abundant creative ability, before taking the plunge into full-time professional photography. Now living on Skye he helps to run most of the landscape photography workshops there, as well as on the Outer Hebrides.
Like all the photographers at Mc2, Nick shoots with Canon, favouring their ease of use, incredible image quality and impressive lens line-up. His favourite camera and lens for many of his landscape images is the Canon 5D Mark IV, coupled with the 24-70mm f2.8L II, a versatile combination for almost any kind of landscape.
Adam’s foundation in photography stems from his career in film making, in which he incorporates time-lapse and other stills images with flowing video footage. He loves a challenge, so it’s not surprising that he’s also keen on astro photography and enjoys shooting difficult to get to locations.
Adam has previously been involved with our St. Kilda and Utah trips – both places which he is incredibly passionate about. “The thing that drives me most is the exploration of creativity in its many different forms. Having stood in some of the most iconic and remote scenery in the world, I have witnessed and captured nature in all its glory and wonder. I’m excited to now further explore these locations and help people to find original, creative and unique perspectives in these special places.”
Alex has been a landscape photographer for almost 10 years. Based in Fort William, his knowledge for the best locations go far wider than our base on the Isle of Skye. His background in the service industry has given him excellent people skills and his ability to teach new skills in a clear and concise way is something our customers often feed back to us. “Scotland is one of the iconic landscape destinations for photographers from all over the world, so I feel privileged to be able to live and work here. Out of all the amazing locations, my favourite is Glencoe – an area I probably know better than anyone.”
Alex also works in the outdoor clothing and equipment industry – something which comes in handy when having to work in the ever changing conditions of the Scottish Highlands.
Ruth Taylor is a born and bred Hebridean girl who hosted the daily breakfast show on Skye’s local radio station Cuillin FM for 10 years. Ruth is our media face, anchoring all our audio and video programmes. She has a keen interest in photography but is by no means a pro, which allows her to ask our guides the questions most people want to know.
Elaine has been our chef-in-residence on every trip we’ve run to St. Kilda, and is an integral part of the team. Her ability to whip up sweet and savoury delights with minimal ingredients is legendary, and her whisky porridge never fails to kickstart the days. She has worked in hospitality for most of her life, and runs a guesthouse on an idyllic beach in Thailand.
Rainne Zhang is our Chinese team member who is present on all of our China trips. She enjoys organising the logistics of our day to day plans, and is fluent in English language and humour. She lives in Suzhou, near Shanghai but has previously lived and worked in Beijing. Rainne also likes to be in front of the camera, so doubles up as a model when we need one.