Firstly, welcome to my website! I live in the beautiful town of Marlow, in Buckinghamshire and am a multi award winning photographer in newborn and children's photography. I am also proud to be a Qualified member of the Guild of Newborn and Baby Photographers (QGNBP) photoguild.co.uk/member/katemcneil, having completed the Guild's first 'Newborn Photography School' in 2016.
The love of art and creativity, and the beauty seen in every face stemmed initially in my teens when I did my Art & Design GCSE and Fine Art (still life) ‘A’ Level. For many years after full time education I had no direction for this creative passion to develop, until the birth of my two daughters, whereby I was able to photograph and create beautiful images, and capture their expressions and characters.
It has been from this point that I have enjoyed developing my portfolio of photographing many beautiful faces, from newborn babies and toddlers, through to small families, playgroups, ballet schools, actors head shots and some retail/commercial projects.
I cover all of the local area in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, including Maidenhead, Taplow, Henley, Cookham, Bourne End, High Wycombe, Lane End, and of course Marlow!
As well as being trained I am also fully insured, CRB checked and have attended infant first aid courses. As safety is so important to me, I am also a member of BANPAS (Baby and Newborn Photographers Association) - where I get access to all of the latest safety information, posing techniques and latest trends on styling. You can find me by clicking on this link: BANPAS
In February 2018, I was awarded the 'Photographers Bar' from the Guild of Photographers - this is 'a unique distinction awarded to those photographers who have successfully had images assessed by the Guild over the course of a year, and attained a score equating to an award for each entry made, thereby evidencing an exceptional level of professional skill and consistency - a distinction that is very difficult to achieve'. I was delighted to achieve this high accolade!
Continued Professional Development - training and awards:
I believe that ongoing training and development is key to ensuring that I am always improving in my trade, therefore, I have detailed below my Continuous Professional Development as a photographer, so that you, my client, can see who and what you are investing in.
2016 Newborn Photography School, in association with the Guild of Photographers (GOF)
January 2017 - Bronze for Image of the Month competition (GOF)
February 2017 - Bronze for Image of the Month competition (GOF)
March 2017 - 2 Bronze awards for Image of the Month (GOF)
May 2017 - 2 Bronze and 1 Silver for Image of the Month (GOF)
June 2017 - 2 Bronze awards for Image of the Month (GOF)
July 2017 - 2 Bronze awards for Image of the Month competition (GOF)
August 2017 - Bronze award for Image of the Month (GOF)
September 2017 - 2 Bronze awards for Image of the Month competition (GOF)
2017 - Won '2017 Photographers Bar' with the Guild of Photographers
November 2017 - Became a Qualified Newborn & Baby Photographer with the GOF
January 2018 - Bronze award for Image of the Month competition (GOF)
February 2018 - 2 Bronze awards for Image of the Month competition (GOF)
March 2018 - 1:1 Mentoring with Guild Panel Judge and newborn specialist, Claire Elliott
March 2018 - 2 Bronze awards for Image of the Month competition (GOF)
May 2018 - 'Little Bundles' 1 week residential, learning lighting, posing, editing, safety & styling
May 2018 - Responsible Photographer & First Aid course (5 hours), with HDP Medical Services
May 2018 - 3 Bronze awards for Image of the Month competition (GOF)
August 2018 - 1:1 Mentoring with Guild Panel Judge and newborn specialist, Claire Elliott
November 2018 - 1:1 Mentoring with top children's photographer, Nina Mace