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.
Newborn photography is my passion and specialism, having photographed over 100 newborns 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 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, 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
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 and newborn specialist, Claire Elliott
March 2018 - Won 2 Bronze awards for Image of the Month competition with the Guild
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 - Won 3 Bronze awards for Image of the Month competition with the Guild
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