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About – John McRae Photography & Studio


John McRae is a Sydney-based photographer with a strong international reputation. With more than eighteen years experience shooting for global labels such as Elle Magazine, Byford International and Jean-Luc Amsler Designs, John has an established background as a Commercial Photographer, specialising in Fashion,Portraiture and Corporate photography.

John’s background in fine art gives him a unique grasp of how to maintain a high aesthetic standard and a faultless sense of composition within any assignment. His ability to conceptualise a theme that suits the client’s products and needs is paramount to the success of his imagery. His work is regularly reproduced on the covers of magazines around the globe.

John’s exploration of fine art photography has seen his personal projects being exhibited in galleries throughout the nation, as well as internationally in the galleries of New York, Paris, Berlin and Rome.  He is represented in Rome by the eminent photographic gallery, Il Ponte Contemporanea.  His work is regularly chosen for inclusion in some of Australia’s most prestigious photographic awards, including the National Portrait Prize, Canberra, The Olive Cotton Award and Sydney Life – Art and About. In 2012, John was a selected finalist in the Moran Contemporary Portrait Prize, a finalist in the Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, a finalist in the coveted Blake Prize and his work, Portrait of Margaret Olley in her Paddington Studio was voted the People’s Choice winner in the 2012 National Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.  This work was later purchased by the Tweed Regional Art Gallery as part of the permanent collection of the Margaret Olley Art Centre.  In 2013, he was selected as a finalist in the “Head On” Portrait Prize at the NSW State Library and was judged the winner of the popular”2013 Shoot The Chef” competition, organised by Fairfax Media as part of the Good Food Month.  For a comprehensive list of exhibitions and inclusions in awards see the link Exhibition History.

John works from his Sydney studio, based in Lilyfield. He invites all photographic enquiries and is happy to discuss your photographic needs. Feel free to contact him, below.

Mobile:  0419 619 161

email: john@johnmcrae.com

Studio: 483 Balmain Road, Lilyfield NSW 2040

Clients include:

Elle Merchandising (Hong Kong)

Byford International (Hong Kong)


Jean Luc Amsler Design (Paris)

Iguazo (NY)

Hansen Yuncken

Hames Sharley Architects

Shamburg & Alvisse

Axis Building Group


So French, So Chic

Booty Shoes

Studio For (NYC)

Lloyd Group Pty Ltd

Xenia Constructions

Trevor Ashley Enterprises

Sydney Festival

Circa AD Jewels




Roberts Co


Sterling Supplies

Keep Australia Beautiful NSW

Cult Magazine

Mate (Berlin)

Sydney Opera House

Screen Australia


AUS VEG Australia

Mindfood Magazine

Multiplex Australasia

Prime Constructions

SBA Architects

Royale Limousines

Village Beauty Lounge (NYC)


Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Positive Life

The Hayes Theatre

Toast Creative

Fitness Playground

Working Management