About Crombie McNeill

In my career, I've been a mentor, coach, teacher and facilitator. I hope to inspire photographers and to offer examples of photographic art to those who want to explore this magical world. It's really a wonderful and fulfilling journey.
The camera is my canvas capturing images with a sense of 'the moment'. My photography is often gentle and sometimes edgy, but always sincere. Photography has been my creative inspiration for many years traveling the world on assignments rewarding me with visual sensitivities adding to those infused by Yousuf Karsh and other generous mentors.
-Crombie McNeill, Master Photographer and Instructor

A Photographic Biography:

Crombie McNeill is a renowned Ottawa born photographer whose career began as a news photographer on Parliament Hill in the turbulent era of Trudeau mania. Crombie's photographic skills are diverse and adaptable -- whether he's photographing the Queen, a high-fashion model or a homeless person.

The scope of his assignments has taken him around the world covering the Olympic Games, the war in Vietnam, flying with the Snow Birds, the Arctic Circle, underwater on the Great Barrier Reef, capturing third-world poverty, swimsuit assignments in the Caribbean and photographing prime ministers.

Crombie is considered as one of the top 100 photographers in the world.


Canadian Press, 'Best News Photo', Toronto Art Directors 'Commercial Illustration', two National awards for 'fashion photography', Formula Magazine 'Best Racing Photo', International Olympic Committee (IOC), two 'gold' awards.


Twenty years covering The Olympics, Pan American Games, CFL, World Cup events, Commonwealth Games, World University, Canada Games, Formula 1, Indy CART, National Hockey League, NASCAR, CBF, PGA, Canadian Figure Skating Association.


Canadian Press, UPI, Reuters, AP, MacLean's, Financial Post, Toronto Sun, Reader's Digest, Globe & Mail, The Ottawa Citizen, Black Star, New York Times, Miami Herald, Stern, Paris Match.


Crombie with his wife Susan we have owned three modeling agencies in Ottawa, Toronto and Fort Lauderdale Florida and have produced portfolio photography for hundreds of fashion and glamour models.


'The Concrete Womb', 'Please Touch', 'Children of the Sea' and contributed to 'Between Friends', 'Day in the Life of Canada', 'When I Was Young'. He is currently shooting two books; one on 'Street People' and 'Misty River' - the Rideau canal system

Lectures and Presentations:

Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC), many camera club presentations including the Toronto Camera Club, Nikon School of Photography, the Sierra Club of California, OCC (Ottawa Camera Club) and the RA Photo Club.


Sheridan, Loyalist, Mohawk, Algonquin, Heritage, Carlton University and Ottawa University, the Florida College of Visual Arts and Loyalist College.


IBM, Bell Canada, Sunoco, DEC, Warner's, Ford, Toyota, General Motors, CP Hotels, Air Canada, United Nations, Rothmans, Northern Telecom, Mitel, Sun Quest, Chris Craft, RCMP, OPP, NATO, Mercury Marine, Spar Aerospace, CBC, CTV, Revlon, National Arts Centre, Castrol Lubricants, Molson Breweries, Sears, McDonald's, MOMO, Adidas, MacDonald's, Interstate Batteries, Rothman's, Yardley, Lancôme, Husky Oil, The Senate, Minto, North Face, Wal-Mart, Schwarzkopf, Mercedes Benz, the federal and provincial governments

Publication Credits:

Time, Chatelaine, ELLE, Life Magazine, Newsweek, MacLean's, Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, the Globe & mail, Stern, Runner, Fortune, Life, Vogue, Champion, Photo Life, Miami Herald, Canadian Living, Le Monde, Champion, Toronto Sun, Cosmopolitan, New York Times, Marie Claire, Play Boy (editorial), En Route Magazine, Minolta Mirror, National Film Board and in hundreds of news papers and trade publications.


The National Film Board (40 salon exhibitions), CIDA, External Affairs, the National Library, Royal Bank, National Archives, Parliament Hill, National Sport & Recreation Centre, the Weston Gallery, Canal Gallery, Quinte Arts Council, the Beauchamp Galleries. Volunteer: Canadian Cancer Society, United Way, Royal Ottawa Hospital, War Amputees of Canada, the Shiners Hospital, Canadian Legion, Red Cross, CHEO, The Candle Lighters

Sponsors (Past and Current):

Kodak USA, Sigma/Gentec, Booth Photographic, Olympus Cameras, Agfa, Pentax Canada, Ilford Anatec, Ford Motor Co, Manfrotto, Fuji Canada, Canon Cameras, Nikon Canada, Hewlett Packard, Lowepro, Japan Camera, Minolta Japan, Corel Corporation. Panasonic/Lumix

Motorsports (Publicist/Sponsor Coordinator):

Mercury Marine, Labatt's, Landford Racing, Powell Motorsports, Penske Racing, Indy Lights, Interstate Batteries, Sunoco - Formula Atlantic, Molson Indy Series, Werner Racing, Castrol, GM Motorsports, MOMO - Formula 1, Paul Tracey, Scott Goodyear, Ron Fellows, Mackenzie Financial, Hyland Motorsports, Legends Racing Canada.


Hugh Wesley & Norm Betts (Toronto Sun), John Major & Rod McIvor (Ottawa Citizen), Peter Bregg (MacLean's), Lorraine Monk (NFB), David Barbour, Robert Lemire & Cedric Pearson (Algonquin College), Henry Visscher (Sheridan College), Mike Duffy (CTV News), Hank Morgan (Black Star), Mathew Church (En Route Magazine), Bernard Weil (Toronto Star), Lyle Cameron (Sport Canada), Richard Pound (Canadian Olympic Association), John Opiola (Ontario Tourism), Brenda Gorman (CFSA), Connie Barry (Ben Barry Model Agency), Ottmar Beirwagon (Canada In Stock), Peter Redman (Financial Post), John Powell (Powell Motorsports), Roy Mayer (author), Lise Bernard (Heritage College), Rosa Harris Adler (Capital Magazine), Jane Corbett (Ottawa Life), Richard Robinson, Roger Phillips (TAG).