Welcome to my website and thanks for taking the time to visit. I hope that you will like what you see here and that you will return again, as I will be uploading more examples of my work whenever I get the opportunity.
I am a professional freelance photographer and writer based in rural North Lincolnshire near to the River Humber and the impressive Humber Bridge. My interest in photography began while I was working as a Shift Craftsman on the Blast Furnaces at the Scunthorpe Steelworks.
My Father was a part-time Game Keeper and had been since I was a child. I would often spend lots of time with him when I wasn't at school, exploring the local countryside and woodland. My Dad helped me to develop a love for the outdoors and nature that I didn't fully appreciate until much later in my life. At the time I didn't realise how fortunate I was to be able to be able to spend so much of my life out and about away from the rest of the population.
I think spending time alone, or with my Dad, during my school years and teens is the main reason that I enjoy the solitude of landscape photography so much now that I'm older. I can spend days on end away from home in the campervan and not speak with another person.
It was during my time on the Blast Furnaces that I bought a second-hand camera from a friend at work. Being a Shift Craftsman meant that I often had days off during the week while nearly everyone else was at work. I would spend my days off walking round the land my Dad looked after searching for interesting things to photograph. I would also read as much as I could about photography so that I could learn the basics of camera settings and composition.
As a family we always had English Springer Spaniels and I can't remember a time when we didn't have at least one dog. My Dad would train them from pups so that we could work with them while we were out in the countryside. Having trained dogs meant that I could get them to sit still while I spent ages crawling round them on my belly taking their photos!
I had read in photography magazines that if you wanted to get your work published you should really use slide film, so I bought some and began working with it. Once I had a few photographs of the dogs that I was happy with, I sent them to the various countryside magazines and luckily they started to use my photos!
The rest, as they say, is history.
I am now fortunate enough to work with many national countryside and photography magazines on a regular basis. My images are featured on calendars and are promoted by a number of Picture Libraries. Numerous Press and Public Relations agencies commission me to supply images for the clients' newsletters, press releases and websites.
I also enjoy portrait photography and often shoot photos for private clients. I prefer to work in the client's own home rather than in a studio, so I use my own portable lights and backgrounds. All the portraits you will see on my website were taken in this way, not in a studio.
If you would like to see some examples of my work please visit the Portfolio page and then choose the area of photography that you are most interested in. Or you can view my stock photography online at Alamy. Should you have any questions about my work, or if you would like to discuss an assignment, please feel free to get in touch with me.
Thanks again for taking the time to visit my website, I really appreciate it. I hope to see you here again soon!
Lee Christopher Beel.
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