ASMPNE Photo Annual Winner!

I’m proud to announce that three of my images were selected as winners in ASMP New England’s 2023 Photo Annual contest. The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) is the premier trade association for commercial and editorial photographers, and the New England chapter is the third largest after only New York and Los Angeles. The […]

NHBSR Sustainability Slam Winner!

I won! My pro bono photography project with Boston Farms Community Land Trust and Sabrina’s Garden was the winner at the 2022 New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) Sustainability Slam for the Community / Small Company category. The Sustainability Slam is an annual event of fast-paced competition where businesses share stories of a project […]

Recent Work – Wright-Ryan Construction

Wright-Ryan Construction is an employee-owned commercial and residential construction company based in Portland, ME. When they worked with Perch Design Studio to remake their two company websites, they wanted to showcase the craftsmanship of their employees. They asked me to make honest portrait and lifestyle images of their employees, with a candid/natural feel and avoiding […]

Recent Work – Maine Veterans’ Homes New Augusta Campus

This fall, I had the opportunity to photograph Maine Veterans’​ Homes‘ new $90 million campus in Augusta, ME. The massive facility covers almost 180,000 sq ft with four connected buildings: a central building with common areas plus three separate wings for assisted living/transitional care, long term care and a memory center. Despite its size, it […]

Recent Work – Storey Publishing, The No-Till Organic Vegetable Farm

Before the pandemic, I had the pleasure of working with Storey Publishing on my first book project. Storey publishes “practical books for creative self-reliance” on topics like farms, food, crafts, and natural health; a good fit for my work and I had been hoping we’d find a project to work on together. They invited me […]

COVID-19 Safe Photography

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything, including how we produce photographs. John Benford Photography is re-opening for production with the goal of creating high impact images while keeping everyone as safe as possible. Business has always been about relationships, and the pandemic will test those relationships now more than ever. Flexibility, respect, listening and patience […]

Welcome to my New Website

Welcome to my new website! And thanks for checking out my new blog. I’ll be featuring recent work, commentary on social and environmental issues that are relevant to my work as well as issues in the photography / creative industry. I’ve seeded a few backdated posts that were previously sent out as email campaigns or […]

Hope and Possibility in the COVID-19 Pandemic

This is Day I-don’t-know-because-they’re-all-blurring-together of being camped out at home, social distancing style. My wife is doing “remote learning” with our child while I try to figure out what work I can do, and then we’ll switch so she can work. Like so many others, we’re going mad trying to work full time and parent […]


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