John Benford creates honest, authentic portrait and lifestyle images and powerful architectural images for commercial and editorial clients of all sizes. Centered on themes of craftsmanship, honest work, relationship to the land, and human connection, John’s photographs are graphically composed, richly textured, rooted in a sense of place, and reflect his deep reverence for life and belief in our common humanity.
John’s vision is informed by his unique background, which includes studying to be a Unitarian Universalist minister followed by almost a decade working with data and systems in the corporate world. Like his path to professional photography, his images live in the tension between the organic and engineered, spiritual and scientific, heart and mind.
John Benford Photography is built on principles of respect for all people and the planet, integrity and fairness in relationships, and sustainability. As such, John especially appreciates working with mission-driven clients such as B Corps and other socially responsible businesses, and on sustainable design projects such as LEED-certified, Passivhaus, net-zero, and living buildings.
Photography is about telling a story and I’ve been doing it as a commercial photographer for over twenty years. Whether it be through one frame or a series of images, I love making photographs that speak about the subject. I’m drawn to location choices that complement a subject yet recede enough to allow the subject to dominate the image.
Since growing up in Houston, TX in my father’s printing company, I’ve always enjoyed the meticulous nature of my business. From operating an offset press at the age of 15, I learned the importance of quality craftsmanship that has remained an important aspect throughout my life. What I truly love about photography is both the technical and artistic sides. It’s the balance of both of these that create interesting images that resonate with the viewer.
In this day of digital media and our constant bombardment by visual clutter, it is so important to make imagery that tells its story in an elegant and unique way. Whether it’s a single still photograph or a series, I enjoy making images that successfully communicate my client’s vision.
I live in beautiful Grapevine, TX along with my wife Rebecca and our two kids… Noah (17) and Annalise (15).
Erich Saide is an award-winning photographer whose clients come back to him time and time again for his crisp, highly polished imagery. From soft and sensual to edgy and dramatic, his stylized, cleanly executed photos use incredible lighting to capture a diverse range of moods. After more than 19 years in the business, Erich’s body of work spans an impressive breadth of styles and industries. Winner of the Communication Arts 58th Photography Annual Competition and his work has also graced the pages of Elle Canada, and is the recipient of the L’Oreal Colour Trophy. Born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Vancouver, BC, Canada Erich’s passion for photography led him to study commercial photography at Langara College before embarking on a career in music, fashion, commercial and advertising photography, both locally and abroad.
The studio is located in Vancouver’s historic Gastown district. Highly motivated, energetic and full of passion for his craft, whether it’s in the studio, on location, or by the side of a film set, Erich is happiest when he’s creating powerful and dynamic images.
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I’m an editorial and commercial photographer based out of Nashville, TN. I grew up in Louisville, KY and it will always be my home. Because of that I’m partial to bourbon, horses, and baseball bats.
When not working I enjoy exploring Nashville with my wife, playing the guitar, buying records, or planning my next big trip.
I love my job not only because I get to create something new everyday, but I get to meet new people and connect with them on something more than just what’s on the surface.
So let’s make a connection. Tell me your story!
Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
I am a seeker, an artist, a photographer, a father, a husband, a lover of all things eclectic, a listener, a cook, a marketer, a business person, an outdoorsman and voyeur. I’ve photographed everyone from CEOs to celebrities to industry leaders to politicians to the every day "regular" person for over thirty years. I’ve hung out of helicopters, staged robberies, worked with models in the Caribbean, negotiated access to rooftops in Times Square, and once took 46 flights to Europe in 6 months all for the perfect image. I love that commercial photography allows me to problem solve while collaborating with different people in different places every day. I knew I found “my thing” pretty early when I noticed the world falling away while I’m shooting – it’s magical. My work has been featured in national advertising, publications, billboards, annual reports, and more. I’ve also had numerous solo and group exhibitions of both my commercial and personal work, and I’m proud to have received national and international awards.
Kelly Pratt Kreidich, Ian Kreidich (Pratt + Kreidich)
Based in St. Louis, Missouri
Kelly Pratt Kreidich and Ian Kreidich are an award winning husband and wife photographer team, based out of St. Louis, and available to work worldwide. Kelly & Ian’s look is often described as clean, sharp and vibrant. Their goal is to capture subjects in a very natural and comfortable way, bringing out their unique personality and style, while still creating drama and visual interest.
Based in Takoma Park, Maryland
Eli Meir Kaplan is a commercial photographer and director who became interested in visual media after his parents brought home an early black and white video camera when he was four years-old. Eli’s first of many videos on the camera was a stop-motion battle between He-Man and Skeletor.
Eli’s longstanding interest in the visual arts, storytelling, and meeting new people led him to documentary photography. He draws from his documentary background to capture genuine, aspirational, and intimate moments from the human experience in the commercial photography and video he does today.
Eli lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two daughters and has been told that he’s fun to work with.
Fascinated with creating a narrative with light, composition, and texture.
Jena Carlin is a freelance commercial and editorial photographer, videographer, and cookbook author with nearly ten years of experience. After receiving her BFA in painting (with a minor in photography), she dedicated herself to storytelling through the medium of photography. While food photography is her specialty, she is also passionate about lifestyle, product, and fashion photography.
Executing photo shoots from conceptualization and art direction to final imagery, Jena does not stop there. She is also an experienced set stylist with a unique eye for building a scene. Her background in art has led to work painting room sets and textured surfaces and custom backgrounds for her many clients. This dedication to the whole process has led to many exciting clients including Kohls, Reader’s Digest, Maurice’s, and Martha Stewart where her work has been published nationally.
I am a commercial and editorial photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia. The youngest of four kids in a military family, there were five stamps in my passport by the time I was five years old. My father retired from the air force just before I entered kindergarten and we moved to North Florida where life became more predictable. A few years later, I began to take pictures (mostly of my pets and friends) with my mom’s point-and-shoot to entertain myself and also because I loved going to K-Mart where I could sit at the counter and talk to people while waiting for my prints to shuffle out of the machine. my work is a combination of storytelling and portraiture, often with a focus on social issues. My roots are in the American south and I am as passionate about doing work here as any other place in the world. I am a Spanish-speaker (also fluent in non-verbal communication) and have worked extensively in central and south America, Europe, and Asia.
Based in Gravenzande, Netherlands
My name is Glenn Mostert, commercial editorial, portrait and advertising photographer from ‘s-Gravenzande. I like to make robust and tough photography. I take these photos for magazines, websites, brochures and advertising campaigns. With my broad knowledge in Photoshop I can also help my fellow photographers to retouch and/or improve their photos.
I taught myself photography. Because of my background as a graphic designer I have learned to deal with composition, framing and working creatively. Turning an idea into something you can share with everyone. That’s my goal. To do this as well as possible, I work with the best materials and use external light sources to create the right atmosphere. Through digital image editing I give the images even more power and create sturdy photos that can be seen.
The two disciplines, photography and graphic design, have ensured that I have worked for and at various publishers and advertising agencies. I combine graphic skills with photography and vice versa. I have done this while working for various advertising agencies and publishers. Since the beginning of 2020 I have been working completely as a freelance image maker.
Michelle McSwain is a commercial portrait and lifestyle photographer based in Los Angeles, California. She has done photography for the brands Nintendo, Girl Scouts, JBL, Soundcloud, SPANX, Facebook, Wine Spectator, Barkbox, AMC Networks, and several more. She previously did photo editing and retouching with the New York Times and Yahoo Inc, which helped develop her signature style of bright light and warmth.
You can find Michelle on the hiking trails in southern California with her little family or sitting in the sunshine with a chilled glass of Pét-Nat. With a knack for befriending almost anyone she meets, Michelle brings her own warmth and joy to all her projects, achieving her clients’ vision with a fun and relaxed attitude.
She is available to travel globally, especially to anywhere with warm weather and good wine.
Based in Kensington, Maryland
One of the best parts of being a photographer is all the great people I get to meet along the way. Whether I am photographing sports and fitness, lifestyle, or corporate, its always about making a connection.
I love collaborating and working together to bring an idea to life. I believe in planning every detail but also know how to deal with the unexpected when it arises. I’m based out of the DC area but always up for traveling to where the shot is needed.
Daniel Ribar is a freelance photographer living and working in Detroit, Michigan.
Focusing mainly on editorial/journalistic projects. Blending traditional documentary work with fine art.
More than happy to travel.
I’m based out of Phoenix, Arizona but my work frequently takes me nationally and internationally. Most of my inspiration for the type of photography I’ve come to love is derived from my varied past. I grew up in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains where I then chose to backpack around the world, attend college at Columbia University in New York – where I lived for nearly 10 years – and have lived in HI, CA and NM. While Phoenix is where I currently reside, I always go back to the rural mountains of Colorado as my home. And also the South of France. I really like the South of France.
I am a commercial lifestyle and editorial photographer with roots in family photojournalism. My work best serves brands who want to help people aspire to collect moments rather than things: experiential activities, family-friendly services, artisans, museums, education, minimalistic living, agrotourism, family travel, social documentary work, and visual ethnographies.
Jackie has been working as a professional freelance photographer since 2005. She has worked on projects ranging from companies’ national ad campaigns such as Nutrena to taking lifestyle imagery for local independent companies. She was the lead photographer for Tarter Farm and Ranch Equipment, the largest farm equipment company in the United States, for nearly 7 years and continues to work with them on large scale projects. Her passion for agriculture mixed with her knowledge of horses and various other animals helps her to create compelling images for companies while working in various climates and situations.
I’m Nicole Loeb, and I am a Boston lifestyle photographer, telling vibrant and joyful stories for commercial brands.
I was a curious kid – also extremely quirky. I always had either a paintbrush or a camera in hand. It was a constant obsession – chasing light and capturing fleeting moments.
Photography has taught me to be an efficient problem solver, open-minded, and extremely resourceful. I’ve hunted with the Hadzabe bushmen tribe in Tanzania and trekked the world’s largest cave in the world for a week.
Eleven years ago, I left a corporate life to embark on photography as a career. My previous life in management consulting has me addicted to excel and thinking in bullet points. Some things never change.
You can usually find me with my Siberian Husky, Sledder, on the search for really good sushi, or in an airport lounge.
My name is Ben Macri. I’m commerical and editorial photographer, surfer, goldendoodle dad x2, former Crossfit coach and a big fan of craft beer. I’m passionate about working with like minded people and brands to capture authentic and long lasting imagery. I live just outside of Portland, Maine and I work with a wide range of clientele throughout all of New England.
I’m originally from New York, specifically I grew up on Long Island (and yes it’s “on” not “in”). I have strong opinions on bagels, Billy Joel and the correct way to make an Italian sandwich (and the correct answer is not with ham and green peppers).
I initially studied photography at Nassau Community College with an incredible group of professors and students. after which I moved to Chicago and received my B.F.A. from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago.
Jennifer Chase is a food, travel and lifestyle photographer and creative director based out of Washington, DC. Jennifer first learned to cook with one pot, a spoon, an open fire, and a village full of teachers, while a peace corps volunteer in West Africa . Her travels and her curiosity about culture, ritual and the ways we connect around food have informed her food photography and food styling. Her rich, modern visual style connects food producers and consumers through visual narratives that encourage exploration and enjoyment. An inviting sense of ease and imagination encourage clients and enthusiasts alike to join in the journey.
Having grown up as a shy, quiet kid, I was stunned to discover that my personal style is so loud! I am particularly drawn to bold colors, lines, geometry, and patterns. Heavily inclined toward a modern aesthetic, I tell visual stories with clean compositions and an authenticity that helps bring your brand to life and connect more deeply with your followers. My work is a great fit for passion-driven businesses and those who aim to make their customers’ lives brighter, happier, and more energetic and fun.
You can almost always find me in a comfy chair sipping on a good latte from a local cafe—or homemade, if I’m working in. You’ll know me by my bright pink hair and well-worn jeans.
Gareth is originally from Swansea in South Wales but moved to HK in 1996 and set up Blow Up two years later. When Gareth isn’t shooting he enjoys taking his kids around Hong Kong’s breathtaking landscape, hoping to discover new places of interest for his art projects. He’s also a post-punk aficionado and played guitar very badly in an early Punk band, however he’s now banned from playing guitar in the studio and at home.
I’m not a struggling musician [anymore]. But I did start my career photographing musicians and other creative and talented people. And since Creative and Talented People = Interesting Story, that makes my work easy—most of the time. Today my editorial and advertising clients still want the interesting story. I just tell it through my lens in a contemporary natural way. Real life moments, just … better. That’s what I do.