Steve Beeston Photography
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I am a photographer specialising in reportage style photography, covering events such as theatre, live music, corporate, personal and family events and functions. I also offer headshots, interiors and food photography.

Based in East Hertfordshire and cover all the county's towns as well as London, Essex, Bedfordshire and beyond, I offer competitive rates and service.

If you're interested in any of the photographic services I offer, please feel free to get in contact. I offer pre-shoot consultations, allowing me to get a good idea of your requirements. For events I'm also happy to visit the location beforehand to get an idea of the space and lighting.

To find out more please feel free to have a browse around this website

You can also find out more about my work by reading my blog,
which includes case studies, techniques, galleries and other information about my photography.

Scroll down to read more about the different photographic services I offer.

About Me

I've been serious about photography for over 30 years.

As well as focusing on people, activities, events and lifestyles, I'm also interested in capturing the environments in which we live and the items that we surround ourselves with.

My portfolio includes theatrical and product photography, whilst the galleries cover a range of projects I've worked on together, with scenic photography.

My aim is to provide a value-for-money service and deliver customer satisfaction at affordable rates.

Please feel free to browse my website to find out more about the services I offer. You can also read my blog, which covers my photography work, experiences and some of the assignments I've worked on.

What I Do

Much of what I do might be considered reportage photography although I'm wary of labels myself. This is a style of informal documentary photography, where the photographer can be seen as a casual observer, rather than setting up posed shots. This is the style I would use for stage and event photography - functions, parties, lectures, presentations and suchlike. I aim to capture not only the action but also the environment. Where there is a call for formal shots I'm happy to provide them.

I also provide portraiture and product photography. These are considered studies of people and objects, where the environment and lighting are much more controlled. For portraiture and headshots I use a mobile studio to photograph people in their own homes. I sometimes use the same mobile studio for parties and functions if quick formal shots are required.

Where I Work

The varied photographic assignments that I work on take me to many places - theatres, function rooms, factories, offices, schools and private homes.

I'm based in Hertford and my catchment area covers Hertfordshire, Essex and North London, although I'm happy to travel further afield if required. I do not charge travel expences for anywhere within a 20 mile radius of Hertford.

I don't have premises, so the cost-saving of not having to maintain a studio or shopfront is reflected in my prices. Any work requiring a studio environment can be done on a client's own premises using a portable studio.

Small product photography will usually be undertaken in my own home, allowing me to fully control the lighting and environment without inconveniencing the client. Items are collected from and returned to your own address.

Headshots photography

I offer a range of headshots, including colour, black and white and a range of stock effects..

Sessions can take place in your home using a mobile studio or at a location of your choice.

Price start at £40 for a half hour shoot.

I can also provide make up artists and stylists.

I produce a range of stylised finished including black and white, vignettes, soft focus,
high-key, low-key and cross-processing.

In addition to individual headshots and portraits, I can also provide group shots.

“ Thank you so much Steve,
I'll definitely be in touch again if I need anything else done ”

Read more about my portraiture work, headshots and group photography in the blog.

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Party and family function photography

Parties and functions are great fun to photograph, be they family functions such as christening or receptions with friends and relatives, or partioes to celebrate birthdays, graduations and other shit.

I can also provide instant prints for events which allows hosts and guests to view the great shots I take just minutes after they're taken.

My standard hourly rate for functions and parties is £60,
or £50 for bookings of 3 hours or more.

“ We love the pictures!!
Thanks again for everything, we're so pleased that you captured the day perfectly! ”

Read more about my party and function photography in the blog.

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Theatrical photography

I've been photographing theatrical productions for over 30 years.

From village halls through local theatres to the West End, I've shot pantomimes, musicals, dramas and operas,
from one-handers to big cast productions.

I typically shoot the last dress-rehearsal before a show opens and use only the stage lighting for maximum dramatic effect.

I also provide promotional and performer profile images for use in advertising and media coverage.

Displays and bulk orders of photo DVDs and prints can also be made available for cast, crew and audience, including online ordering.

Interiors photography

I shoot interiors for property sales, retail and business promotion in print and on the web.

I've photographed kitchens, bathrooms, restaurants, recording studios and supermarkets.

Images can be optimised for colour balance and exposure for use in a variety of media
for sales and promotional purposes.

Rates start at £60 for a simple ambient lighting shoot.

Find out about some of the projects I've worked on in my blog.

Live music photography

Over the last ten years I've photographed a wealth of musicians at venues as varied as small clubs,
pubs, theatres, churches and large festivals.

Acts I've photographed include The Undertones, Bastille, The Subways, Declan McKenna, The Christians, Neville Staple, The Mystery Jets, Rotating Leslie, The Correspondents, Leon Hendrix and The Brand New Heavies.

As well as photographing the acts I also like to focus on the audience and performance environment.

My music photography doesn't end at live performances -
I've also been shot profile images of bands and singers for use in print, on social media, and even album covers.

Read more about my live music photiography in my blog.

Food photography

I've worked on a number of food photography projects for restaurants, retailers, marketing
and other food related businesses.

In fact, whenever I encounter food on an unrelated project, I always try and get some shots.

I've photographed dishes prepared by chefs, cold food and platters for functions, cookery demonstrations,
promotional displays of fruit, cheese, bakery products and finger food.

Read more about my food photography in the blog.

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