Mary McGrath

5815 Doverwood Drive-Suite #14 Culver City, CA 90230 USA

Professional Experience

As a freelance writer and photographer, my work has been published extensively in a variety of magazines, newspapers, books and on several web sites. This work encompasses travel, instructional, interviews, dining reviews, humor, short stories and poetry. Most of my work is sold as a bundled package of photgraphy and text, making it easy for editors to retain uniformity between the text and images.


Book Author
25 Years
25 Years
Sales Manager/Exec.
20 Years


20 Years
7 Years
10 Years


Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
20 Years
Magazine - Local/Regional magazines
6 Years
Newspaper - Local/Regional
6 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

25 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

California Tour and Travel Magazine (6-10), Petersen's Photographic Magazine (10+), Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (10+), AOL (10+), Shutterbug Magazine (10+), Rangefinder Magazine (6-10), San Gabriel Valley Tribune (3-5), Whittier Daily News (3-5), Culver City News (3-5), After Capture Magazine (3-5), Dot News Magazine (3-5), Mexico Traveler Magazine (3-5), Pasadena Star News (3-5), American Photo Mentor Series (1-2), Blue Pacific News (1-2), Century City View (1-2), Curve Magazine (10+), (10+), Opening Love's Door-(book jacket) (1-2), Del Rey News (1-2)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Baja Traveler Magazine (3-5), Newsweek (1-2), Photo Media Magazine (1-2), Professional Photographer (1-2)

Other Work History

Contributing photographer at Petersen's Photographic Magazine, Shutterbug Magazine

Technical Skills

Some PhotoShop

Foreign Language Skills

Some Spanish

Computer Skills

Microsoft Word, Apple Works, Garageband,


Panasonic Lumix Canon Digital Rebel XT Canon Elan Several macro, normal and telephoto lenses, tripods, flash, etc.

Work Permits & Visas

US Citizen


Mike Richard 777-4249


Photographer's Forum-Best of Photography-2001 Second Finalist




Travel Pieces

This is a bundled travel piece on the Bahamas and the adjacent areas.
This is a destination piece on the new Ventura, covering restaurants, hotels, and other recreational activities. All the photography in this section was done by me.
This is one of a 3-part series on "Keeping Cool" for the summer. This piece was featured on the front and back covers of the "U" section, and was accompanied by about 4-6 of my photos. Marina del Rey is a very popular coastal area near LAX.
This is one of a 3-part series on "Keeping Cool." This piece focused on the Ballona Wetlands area in Playa Vista, which has been the source of much controversy over the past few years.
The Descanso Gardens were featured in this piece, which appeared as part of a 3-part featured on "Keeping Cool." Between 4-6 photos of mine accompanied each piece, which appeared on the front and back covers of the "U" section of these Los Angeles Area Newspapers, also known as The LANG Group.

Slice of Life

Most of us encountered bullying when we were growing up. This is my story.


Interview with the notable photographer, Kelly Munce.
This interview with Martin Schoeller showcases some of his work, and the techniques he uses to elicit the images he takes. Shooting such notables as Jack Nicholson, Angelina Jolie and Clinton, the caliber of his work has been documented in Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and many other national magazines.

Instructional Pieces

This is an instructional piece on how to shoot more creative photos. In it, I discuss varying techniques to obtain more interesting images. The piece is supplemented with a wide roster of some of my more abstract images, many of which have won photography awards through imaging contests.
Many photographers are daunted by their subject not cooperating during a shoot. In this article, I discuss various techniques that help a subject to relax so you can capture that perfect shot.


This piece reflects my personal journey after I had broken my knee in Switzerland.