A bit about me:
I live in Marlow, Buckinghamshire and am a Qualified member of the Guild of Newborn and Baby Photographers (QGNBP) photoguild.co.uk/member/katemcneil, completing the Guild's first 'Newborn Photography School' in 2016. Since then I have won a number of awards, which you can view in the 'Portfolio' section of the website.
Newborn photography is my passion and specialism, this is the area of photography that I love - capturing their tiny perfect features, which change so quickly! I also love to see my clients return, seeing their little bundles grow and their personalities coming through in their Nearly New sessions and capturing their lovely little personalities in the Expressions photo shoot! I now also offer outdoor photo shoots, which are great fun and are suitable for babies who can sit unaided through to children and parents - lots of climbing and running around!
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, actor headshots and some retail/commercial projects.
I cover all of the local area in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, including Maidenhead, Taplow, 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
I'm of the local Maternity Network Group - a great network of local professionals all within the maternity industry (pre and post birth), for more information please take a look at:
www.thematernitynetwork.co.uk/about-the-maternity-network or, www.facebook.com/groups/thematernitynetwork/
More recently, 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:
2016 Newborn Photography School, in association with the Guild of Photographers
January 2017 - Won Bronze for Image of the Month competition with the Guild of Photographers
February 2017 - Won Bronze for Image of the Month competition with the Guild of Photographers
March 2017 - Won 2 Bronze awards for Image of the Month competition with the Guild
May 2017 - Won 2 Bronze and 1 Silver for Image of the Month competition with the Guild
June 2017 - Won 2 Bronze awards for Image of the Month competition with the Guild
July 2017 - Won 2 Bronze awards for Image of the Month competition with the Guild
August 2017 - Won Bronze award for Image of the Month competition with the Guild
September 2017 - Won 2 Bronze awards for Image of the Month competition with the Guild
2017 - Won '2017 Photographers Bar' with the Guild of Photographers
November 2017 - Became a Qualified Newborn & Baby Photographer with the Guild of Photographers
January 2018 - Won Bronze award for Image of the Month competition with the Guild
February 2018 - Won 2 Bronze awards for Image of the Month competition with the Guild
March 2018 - 1:1 Mentoring with Guild Panel Judge, Claire Elliott
March 2018 - Won 2 Bronze awards for Image of the Month competition with the Guild
May 2018 - 'Little Bundles' week residential, learning lighting, posing, editing & styling
May 2018 - Responsible Photographer & First Aid course (5 hours), with HDP Medical Services
May 2018 - Won 3 Bronze awards for Image of the Month competition with the Guild