Mary McClay was born in York, England. She started life as a Psychiatric Nurse then a Dental Nurse. When living in Worcestershire started her own outside catering business (not trained). Moving back to York had a Guest House, then to Harrogate creating a small hotel. She retired and moved to the Algarve in 1989. Her main hobby is travelling having visited over 85 countries providing some interesting photographic opportunities. She is very much the enthusiastic amateur seeking to create the finished picture on its taking! Mary is currently the President of the Algarve Photography Group.