"Wendy and I first worked together in the mid 90's - we created fashion and cover stories for YOU magazine bursting with quirk and humour, colourful creative takes on trends that the readers loved, that made them smile. Since then we've collaborated together on fashion and beauty for Cosmopolitan Magazine and most recently worked together on the creation of independent print magazine - Perfect Bound. Wendy is a photographer's photographer - she's always looking for the 'story', the 'art' in an image - looking beyond the superficial capture. Her personal projects are full of beauty and individuality and there's good reason she has won awards and her images have been hung in exhibitions. From photojournalism to nature photography; from fairground attractions to windswept, beachy canvas portraits, her work is constantly evolving and looks as stunning on the printed page as it does hanging framed on the wall."
Fashion Director, YOU Magazine
"I'd followed Wendy and her work for at least 20 years but I had never seemed to have the right project to give her, until the summer of 2018. That project was the launch of the TV show, The Bi Life. The shoot required a photographer with a delicate touch and vast experience - and I told everyone in the office that 'I had the perfect photographer for the job'. And she was. Working with Wendy felt like I was watching a master class in photography. The results were beyond anyone's expectations. Everyone at Universal was delighted. It was definitely worth the wait!"
Head of Art at NBC Universal
"I worked with Wendy on a story for Perfect Bound magazine. It was a long, chaotic day, photographing lots of children, as well as parents and community leaders. Nothing at the venue was as we expected, and Wendy had to improvise a pop-up studio as well as deal with large numbers of people, all with their own agendas and demands. Knowing her work, it was no surprise that the pictures turned out well. But it was also an enjoyable day, which was unexpected. Wendy worked brilliantly under pressure, getting the best out of the children, reassuring the parents, staying calm and dealing gracefully with problems that would have had many photographers throwing their hands up in despair. The job could have been a nightmare, instead it was a joy. I really hope we get to work together again."
former editor of The Face, The Observer magazine.
WENDY CARRIG is an established freelance photographer, and has been represented by A&R Creative agency London since 1994. A long-standing member of The Association of Photographers, and a many times finalist at the AOP awards, she has just won a coveted GOLD award for Fashion & Beauty.
Wendy is skilled in photographing people: models, celebrities, musicians, politicians, lifesavers, tattooed ladies, whole circus troupes and anyone who turns up at one of her varied pop-up portrait studios. Clients book her for fashion, beauty, lingerie, lifestyle and portraiture assignments, and recent commissions include Fearne Cotton for Dulux, Ayda Field-Williams for Stella Telegraph magazine, German Elle, NBC/The BiLife, Bananarama, the Really Wild Clothing Co and Future Dreams Charity.
Her personal work, which often gets published, is equally varied, "...more importantly there has to be belief and emotion. Anyone viewing my work must believe the image I have created is real and shows a moment truth; and if I've done a good job then it may hopefully move them in some way too!"
An example is The Long Goodbye, Wendy's photograph of a Buddhist Nun saying farewell to a canine friend captured a moment of genuine emotion, and has been shortlisted for the new Portrait of Humanity award. Previous commendations include the AOP Best in Category Award for Portraiture; and her work published by the National Portrait Gallery for the cover of their exhibition catalogue and poster campaign for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.
Aside from creating photographs, Wendy has also been involved as mentor, curator and judge for various photographic institutions and awards, and has recently been involved in establishing f22 a women’s photography group at the AOP which aims to address the gender inequality within the industry.
Wendy took part in #209WOMEN - an artist-led initiative where 209 women photographers photographed all 209 women MPs in celebration of a centenary of votes for women; and was recently nominated for the Royal Photographic Society’s list of #HundredHeroines.
Wendy is a co-founder and contributing editor of new contemporary print publication Perfect Bound magazine.