Steven Paul Collins

 

LOVE. LAUGH. PRESERVE.

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STEVEN is a documentary photographer based in Leigh-on-sea, Essex, shooting digital and film

I shoot weddings/engagements, portraits/lifestyle, and events. I also offer my services to bands and musicians (portraits, press shots, gigs), and small businesses (product or promo shots). My natural style is documentary/reportage; I strive to capture moments in a relaxed and intimate way. When shooting weddings I do my best to be invisible for most of the day, producing a set of photographs which tell the whole story of your special day without you realising that I’m there. You can hire me for any part of your wedding day from morning preparations to the evening do (and everything else in between).

I still shoot film as well as digital as for weddings and portrait work I think it's hard to beat the look of medium format film; in my opinion it has a magical quality which modern DSLRs simply cannot replicate. I also shoot 35mm film and for that I use the completely manual Pentax K1000.

My main personal project is making an early 21st century photographic document of my home town of Southend-on-sea (and occasionally beyond) from a somewhat detached perspective, through minimal, sometimes bleak and mostly peopleless suburban landscapes and frank architectural studies. Inspired by the legendary New Topographics exhibition of the mid-1970s, the project is also a search for beauty in the mundane, a celebration of the banal and the art of everyday life.

Feel free to contact me for commissions or collaborations of any kind - I'm always happy to meet potential clients in person to discuss your requirements and to make sure we're a good fit.

I'm only truly happy when I have a camera in my hands.

e: theprolonging@gmail.com

CLIENT TESTIMONIES

Steven has blown myself my husband and my family away with his service, he kept me in the loop on the build up to our wedding and if I’m honest I didn’t really know he was there through out the day and evening! Anyone thinking of booking Steven I 100% recommend him. The after service we have received has been amazing and the photos are incredible! Definitely a 5 ⭐️ service from start to finish / KATE & DARREN, Sep 2018

We are so pleased we had Steven with us for our wedding this Summer. Not only did he capture, perfectly, the points of the day we had discussed, he also captured our family, friends and children having fun throughout the day. His photos are natural and tell the story.
We love looking through them and reliving the day. I don’t mind admitting, I got a little choked up seeing them for the first time and we also laughed seeing some of the moments we would have otherwise missed. Steven’s calm manner was perfect for an unintrusive experience and we felt relaxed with him around. We can’t recommend him enough / MICHELLE & STEVE, Jul 2018

I arranged for a father & daughter photoshoot for my partner’s Father’s Day present and we couldn't be more pleased with the results. Our 1 year old daughter can be more than a handful at times and I was worried we wouldn't get the images of her we wanted, but Steven made us all feel very relaxed, was so friendly and there was absolutely no pressure when our daughter was refusing to be all smiley at times! Thanks again to Steven / ANNABEL, Jun 2018

We loved our photo session with Steven! He was really friendly and put us at ease for our family shoot! The pictures turned out fantastic and just what we wanted - very natural photos of us with our baby! I highly recommend Steven to anyone looking to capture their special moments, whatever the occasion / EVELIN, May 2018

A really excellent experience. My partner and I had never done a photoshoot before so when we booked up with Steven we were quite nervous; he put our minds at ease immediately and the whole experience was seen through in a thorough and professional manner. We would recommend Steven to anyone / AMY & CHRIS, Apr 2018

We had a family photo shoot in Hockley woods. We have always avoided photo shoots as we are more about natural pictures and both my husband and myself hate all that falseness and forced poses! Steven was fantastic, listened to what we wanted and also guided us. He was also incredibly calm and patient with our 2 year old who never wants to smile when a camera is present, and he had a good eye for a natural look! Would highly recommend for any occasion! / TRACY, Apr 2018

Steven came to our house to take some natural and candid photos of my two children in the garden and living room. Steven was prompt and professional and got the girls into poses without them even realising it which made it a very relaxed session. He was comfortable with the kids and very polite. We were very happy with the service and communication and would certainly recommend Steven to others / REBECCA, Mar 2018

 

WEDDINGS

You can book me to capture any part of your wedding day as main or second shooter, from bridal preparations in the morning to the last guests leaving the reception in the evening. My full-day (8 hours) package starts at £500, but you can also book me for a half day, just the bride/groom preparations, or an hourly rate for however long you need.

I also offer a ‘Try Before You Buy’ deal for couples; book me for a 1 hour location shoot anywhere in Essex for £50* and if you come back and book me for your wedding within 12 months I’ll take £50 off the price of your package.

* Price includes 20 digital images guaranteed


PORTRAITS

I can shoot portrait sessions at your home, my home, or at an agreed outdoor location, all charged at an hourly rate of £75 per hour. I also offer 30 minute mini-sessions within Southend, Rochford, and Castlepoint, charged at £50 (10 digital images guaranteed + an 8x10 print).


LIFESTYLE

You can hire  me by the hour to capture anything you like; family gatherings, parties, engagements, maternity, or just 'a day in the life'. Discreet documentary style is my favourite way of shooting and I love capturing fleeting moments in a natural way.

 
 
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