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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Recent Work – Coastal Design magazine cover

This spectacular infinity pool was chosen by Coastal Design magazine to be the cover of their Summer 2019 issue! In architectural photography, a dusk shot is the gold standard – but this pool faces east, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in York, ME. Naturally, we switched to a dawn shot, getting up very early to photograph […]

Recent Work – Portland Barrel Co

This fall, Down East magazine sent me to photograph Ed Lutjens of Portland Barrel Company, Maine’s premier craftsman in the resurgent trade of barrel making. An honored profession for thousands of years, coopers became largely obsolete just fifty years ago when steel barrels and cardboard boxes superseded wooden casks. Today, they are making a comeback due […]

Recent Work – Harbor View at the Navy Yard

In architectural images, adding people makes the image more dynamic, gives a sense of scale, illustrates how a space might be used, and can highlight design features but, most importantly, it humanizes the space. After all, isn’t the space designed for people? For these images of the newly renovated common spaces at Harbor View at the […]

Recent Work – Inviting Work Spaces

What makes a work space inviting? Here are two places I wouldn’t mind working in! The Cooperative Venture (COVE) Workspace is a co-working space in downtown Portsmouth, designed by SOMMA Studios and Malloy Interiors. Shared common spaces with modern furnishings and tasteful art give a casual and friendly feel to what is still a very […]

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