about us

In 2002, Wellington commercial photographer Melanie Dixson joined forces with photographer Chris McCarthy to set up their photography studio in Wellington’s CBD. Melanie and Chris have been working together ever since. Together they bring over 40 years of combined professional photographic experience.

“We love to photograph people, buildings, food, landscapes, machines, and much more. In our first decade of working together, on top of our Monday to Friday commercial work, we photographed over 300 weddings, it was wonderfully crazy.”

Chris holds a bachelors degree in Applied Visual Arts and is a full member of the AIPA, the Advertising and Illustrative Photographers Association. Chris also has a heavy duty computer programming history and keeps his hand in technically, but given the choice, he prefers to be out shooting in the daylight and the elements!

Melanie began photographing professionally in 1998, while at the same time working in the darkroom as a professional hand printer for clients including Te Papa and the Alexander Turnbull Library. Melanie holds a bachelors degree in Applied Visual Arts and a Diploma of Commercial Photography.

And yes, we seem to take our family selfies on our phones!

Chris: chris@thephoto.nz

Melanie: melanie@thephoto.nz

+64 4 802 4444

All images on this website are the copyright property of Melanie Dixson & Chris McCarthy.

2004 - our last commercial shoot on film was Sir John Anderson the then chairman of the National Bank of New Zealand. Fast forward a decade, the NBNZ is since absorbed into ANZ and TradeMe's Mike "Mod's Motors" O'Donnell operates in a fully online world. How will print publications look in 2024?
2004 – our last commercial shoot on film was a cover of Sir John Anderson, the then chairman of the National Bank of New Zealand. A decade later the NBNZ had been completely absorbed into ANZ, Insto Magazine had gone, and TradeMe’s Mike “Mod’s Motors” O’Donnell was operating in a fully online world. So now it’s 2020, how will New Zealand & Australian business print publications look four years from now in 2024?

AIPA Standard Photographic Terms & Conditions Of Engagement apply to all of our work.

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