Insuring Photography & Production Companies since 1986

The photography industry has changed dramatically since the 1980s when we started our business. The insurance industry has also changed, with almost endless choice in the market. As a boutique insurance company, how do we compete? Our customers come first. In 1986, Tom Carson formed the business with his friend John Williamson, keen to start their own business and provide a more personal experience. Tom and John met while working in the city with Lloyds Brokers and knew that they could create a business where their customers came first.

We provide support when you need it. We’re passionate about photography, film and illustration and supporting people working in the creative industries. We also understand business, and being prepared for the unpredictable.

We work hard for our customers and make insurance a positive experience — taking the worry out of getting the right deal to making a claim. We handle everything for you, providing bespoke and competitive insurance packages to managing the entire claim process, making sure claims are paid quickly without any stress.

The heart of the business hasn’t changed. We remain a small but powerful team. While John has retired, Tom has been joined by a new team. A few years ago, Matthew Whinney, a specialist media and technology insurance broker, became a director at Williamson Carson, helping Tom continue his vision. Together, with the team, Matthew and Tom are continuing to grow Williamson Carson, committed to providing security and a personal approach when you need it most.

About Williamson Carson Photography Insurance


Tom Carson

Tom Carson is the managing director of Williamson Carson Insurance Brokers who were founded in 1986. Tom served on the board of the Association of Photographers (AOP) between 2014 – 2018. He has been dealing with the Photographic Industry and AFAEP/AOP for 35 years. As well as photographers, he has very strong links with commercial film makers, photographic agents, stylists and stills producers.

Specialist Subject: Annual Production Policies Email Address: Telephone: 020 8659 5038

Matthew Whinney

Matthew Whinney is a specialist media and technology insurance broker. Prior to insurance broking, Matthew spent 6 years at Hiscox Insurance Company as an underwriter in their city office, underwriting and advising a wide range of professions, from individual photographers to FTSE 250 companies.

Specialist Subject: Studio and Kit Policies Email Address: Telephone: 020 8659 5038

Charlie Peters

Charlie Peters runs the photographic insurance department at Williamson Carson. Charlie joined Williamson Carson in 1996 and has been insuring and advising photographers for the past 21 years.

Specialist Subject: Short Term Productions Email Address: Telephone: 020 8659 5038

I've been dealing with Williamson Carson for over 20 years having been introduced to them through the Association of Photographers of which I'm a member. When I've had a claim, however complex, it has been dealt with quickly and efficiently and they very much work for you. They really understand the industry and just happen to be a great bunch of people to deal with.

– Larry Bray

Tom Carson & Williamson Carson have been my insurance brokers for over 15 years. The advice and cover they provides is both comprehensive and realistic. Tom's many years insuring the photographic and film industry means he is never fazed when I throw him last minute curve balls on shoots & on the 2 occasions I have needed my insurance it was dealt with swiftly & professionally. I highly recommend Tom and his team.

– Katy Niker, Burnham Niker