Why Use A Professional?

Given that photography has never been more available to the masses, it’s quite legitimate to ask why anyone would pay a professional to take pictures.

There are many keen and competent amateurs and hobbyists out there creating some excellent work and I wouldn’t want to take anything away from their achievements.

What marks out the pro however is the amount of time they have to dedicate to their craft. A professional will have studied and have a sound background in aspects such as composition, lighting, post-production and presentation, not to mention an investment in equipment and facilities. A professional lives and breathes photography.

When photographing people in a formal situation, a career photographer will have patience and an ability to command whatever circumstances he or she is presented with. This is especially true of occasions such as weddings where you have to get it right first time, regardless of the environment. On other occasions, relaxed and informal, the photographer might have to blend into the background, being as unobtrusive as possible.

Overall, a professional photographer has to produce work that is of value. Work that people are prepared to pay for. To do this he or she has perform to a standard that stands out.

Gem & Alex

These two girls were a joy to work with. Both relaxed and at ease in front of the camera, they gave me a great afternoon’s photography.

We spent a couple of hours shooting on Hartham Common and at St.Leonard’s Church and I was really pleased with the results.

You can find the complete gallery of photos from this session on my website at stevebeeston.co.uk.

Damages by Stephen Thompson

Playwright Stephen Thompson once acted on the stage of The Little Theatre in Hertford, before studying at RADA and embarking on a successful career as a writer. His first play, Damages, has now been brought to the same venue, care of director Barry Lee.

Andy Nash, Emma Williams and Jim Markey in Damages by Stephen Thompson

The play was first performed at the Bush Theatre in 2004, having been commissioned with the support of the Peggy Ramsay Award.

I always enjoy photographing Barry Lee’s productions as not only do they feature fine performances but inspired and detailed sets as well.

Tollesbury Sail Lofts

The Essex coast offers the photographer a wealth of opportunities and Tollesbury is certainly no exception.

Situated on the salt marshes at the mouth of the River Blackwater, there is a large sailing community here, the village having gained a reputation as a yachting centre in the early 20th century.

These sail lofts were built around the turn of the century and served large yachts owned by wealthy Edwardians, who would sail them down to the Mediterranean skippered by local seafarers.

Hertford Museum

Yesterday I photographed the newly refurbished Hertford Museum. For me, this would involve a couple of areas of photography that I was interested in, specifically interiors and close object photography.

The idea was to produce a series of photos that would show both the museum and it’s exhibits.

Having just spent over ¬£1m, the museum was in pristine condition and looking it’s best following the refurbishment that had taken over a year.

The two objects I enjoyed photographing most were the Victorian dolls’ house and the model of Hertford Castle. I was particularly pleased to be able to get right inside the dolls house and show the extraordinary detail.

Many of the exhibits were either behind glass or in perspex display cabinets. However, with careful positioning of the camera and a polarising filter I was able to eliminate most of the glare and reflections.

A gallery of the photos taken at the museum can be found on my website at stevebeeston.co.uk.


Thaxted is a beautiful village typical of those found in Suffolk and North Essex. There are some notable old buildings including the 15th century Guildhall and Dick Turpin’s cottage.

Thaxted Church

This photo shows Thaxted Church, built between 1340 and 1510 and noted for it’s flying-buttressed spire. It stands on a hill overlooking the village and is sometimes referred to as The Cathedral of Essex.

I love the way the colours compliment each other in this shot, the blue sky, the green grass and the orange of the almshouses in the foreground.

For more information about my photography services in Essex, visit my website at www.stevebeeston.co.uk.