Katherine Neale Photography
Previously known as Ocean Eyes Photography, the business evolved from my Ocean Eyes Images website, which I set up 15 years ago as a stock library for underwater and landscape images acquired during several years living overseas. When I started my family 10 years ago I set up home in Worcestershire, and now capture honest, pure and natural images of expectant mothers, their newborn babies and their growing families instead of sharks, turtles and shipwrecks!
My techniques to sooth and calm babies will produce serene and peaceful images of your newborn baby in poses impossible to recreate at home. Heavily involved with the local school and CRB checked, and with my experience as a mother to a young family, you can be rest assured that in your maternity shoot and your family shoots, with babies, toddlers and children or with teens and tweens, you and your children are in safe hands. Each portrait experience is individually tailored to you and your family. I am continually researching new ideas and concepts, from the now well-established Cake Smash experience shoot which originated in the USA, to the Digital Art Composites coming up in 2016.
I take pride in creating beautiful images of you and your family that will be treasured for generations. You are investing in my time and expertise to capture, edit and showcase these images. The images I craft are not just snapshots, they are designed to artistically portray you and your loved ones and the bond you have as a family at a particular moment in your life.
Each image is individually edited to create a personalized proof gallery for you to enjoy at the studio 2-3 weeks after the shoot, the images you choose to invest in are then further enhanced and perfected before being sent to print. The product range includes framed single and multi-aperture wall art prints, canvas wraps, acrylic blocks and wall hangings, albums, folios and digital files. Smaller prints suitable for gifts are also available mounted but unframed.
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Family Photography by Katherine Neale
Family Photography is not limited to babies and families with young children. Once we have enjoyed the first shoot together, my clients book regular return visits to the studio on special birthdays, at Christmas time and as part of a Gift Experience for friends and family. I often see past and present clients for a family shoot when the children become young adults and are preparing to the fly the nest, and I regularly welcome my ‘Stepping Stones‘ clients back into the studio for their parents or grandparents Golden wedding celebrations, decade celebrations for extended family, or just as a treat for mum on Mother’s Day.
The studio space is large and comfortable enough to accommodate multiple generations, the cafe right next door, inside the same building means you can work in shifts if easier! Grandparents can take a seat on comfy sofas in the main part of the studio and we can arrange the children and other adults around them without too much upheaval, and while the little ones explore the smaller sets I can capture them playing naturally.
An extensive range of acrylic, canvas and printed products are available to preserve memories for generations to come, in addition to albums and digital files.
Babies, Toddlers and Childrens Photography by Katherine Neale
Babies, Toddlers and Childrens Photography encompasses a huge range of portraiture, and it is all very personal to the individual. I do offer a ‘Stepping Stones’ package which entitles you to three shoots over a 12 month period and is the perfect way to capture your baby’s first year. Details are at the bottom of the page.
Following the Newborn Photo-shoot, the next stage of your baby’s life I recommend to capture in the studio is a Sitting Shoot, usually around 7- 8 months. At this age babies are full of personality and smiles and able to support themselves independently. The perfect time to bring in extended family and any pets. It’s best to allow up to 60 minutes in the studio as most babies will start to tire after a hour of intense activity.
The 1st birthday is another milestone you will want to record and our Cake Smash & Splash shoots are perfect for this occasion. Alternatively, just a family shoot with balloons and bunting might be what you are after.
The Stepping Stones package includes up to 5 hours studio time over three shoots within a 12 month period, either A MaternityShoot, Newborn shoot and Family shoot at 8 months, or A Newborn Shoot, Family shoot at 8 months and 1st Birthday shoot. It also includes a Mini-Makeover at the Maternity and Newborn shoots. A Cake Smash can be added to the 1st Birthday Shoot for £25
The Stepping Stones package includes a 6”x 6”triple aperture folio worth £150 with your favourite image from each shoot. A £75 Deposit secures the date of the first shoot for you, with the balance split into three payments of £99 – one payable before each shoot as cash credit towards your order from that shoot (this cannot be carried over).
The Stepping Stones package is very popular as a New Baby Gift or a present for a Christening and can come with a customised Gift Voucher.
As your baby leaves their 1st birthday behind and enters the wonderful world of Toddlerhood, we have all sorts of fun in the studio – toys, props, bubbles, friends and family, dressing up and themed shoots as their little personality begins to emerge. Shoots are tailored for the child their age – small children need to run and play and not be restrained so the studio will be set up with multiple backdrops and scenes as your energetic toddler explores and I will capture him or her naturally at play rather than trying to direct them. Snacks and favourite toys will help distract when they get tired!
Now that we are in autumn everyone is looking for things to do with the kids to celebrate this lovely colourful season. Here we have some great ideas, and they don't all involve being cooped up indoors! Get out and enjoy the cooler, fresh air and the crunchy leaves under foot - you can always return home afterwards for a hot chocolate and a snuggle
Be safe this Bonfire Night
Be safe this Bonfire Night by making sure that you, pets and your family know and follow the very important Fireworks Code. Have fun if you are going to an event or having friends and family round at home. It includes safety rules for sparklers too! You will also be able to download our Fireworks Code poster to display if you are hosting an event.