Happy New Year 2019!!

I tried to make this post a couple of days ago, but for some reason was unable to access WordPress (totally clueless as to why now, but not then).   So I apologize to those who read this on Facebook first, only to see it repeat here.  Hey, I’m adding an extra photo!

Loving photography and doing it for a living has certain traps, such as after a while not taking a camera to family events as often, because it feels like working when we’d rather socialize.  Or, being so busy with our photography at work that we lose the motivation to go out and create an image for fun.

I don’t know what happened last night.  Maybe it was all that coffee at a late dinner with friends, or inspiration arising out of the fog that had settled over the region, giving every light a halo effect.  But whatever it was, I’m glad I acted on the thought, because downtown Frederick was absolutely bustling with cars and early New Year revelers, the seasonal tree lights were aglow and this city I call home was totally alive at midnight.

Not being a fool with a death wish, I did wear a reflective safety vest like the highway workers. After all, I was standing in or very near the road in order to get the perspectives I sought.

Ironically, the fog downtown had pretty much lifted by the time I got there with camera gear, while it had intensified out on the edge of town, where I live.  So much so, that on the drive home it was nearly impossible to see landmarks such as fully illuminated gas stations until I was right on them.  Still, it was a good time, and I’m glad I made the effort.

Jeff Behm Photography specializes in commercial and advertising photography, especially for food and jewelry.   Located in Frederick, MD, our principal area served is the greater Washington-Baltimore-Frederick triangle.  Call us at 724-8513 or email jeff@jeffbehm.com to learn how we can assist you.

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Food Photography, from Soup to Nuts (well, truffles)

Quality food photography is the culmination of my years of training, plus passion.

As a former restaurant executive, quality food has always been critical to me.  Quality food photography is the culmination of years of training and passion.  “People buy with their eyes” has never been more true.

From food packaging to print ads, from cocktails and appetizers to entrees and desserts, if you need a food photographer….call Jeff Behm Photography.  Put our team of expert photographer, stylists, and lighting professionals to work on your photographic needs for food and ambiance.   724-730-8513 or email jeff@jeffbehm.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So you say you need jewelry photography

It never seems to change.  I love photographing beautiful jewelry.  Don’t ask why, I haven’t any special or insightful answer.  It’s not like I wear anything but a wrist watch myself – one of four that I rotate, but that’s no biggie.

I think it has to do with art.  Actually with Art, capital “A”.  Somewhere back in time, someone first learned to hammer on certain precious metals and form them as decorations, probably for a loved one or for their local ‘royalty’.   Further on, another experimenter learned you could melt the softer metals and create even more diverse designs, turning the making of decorations into an art form that rivals the finest painters and sculptors – especially sculptors.  Because these little gems are, to me, sculpture in miniature.

Eventually, of course, someone added a stone, probably any stone at first.  Then a special stone.  Then a rare stone, and so on until we arrived where we are today, with CAD designs and lasers and all kinds of combinations.

Bottom line, it’s always about the exquisite beauty that results.

As the title says, “So you say you need jewelry photography”.  If that’s the case, call me at 724-730-8513 or email jeff@jeffbehm.com.   Allow 3 decades of professional photographic experience to go to work on your miniature sculptures in metal and stone.

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Profession Obsession Confession

Photography consumes my attention in ways that astonish me!

Eventually, most of us want to find work that pleases us, makes us feel good in the doing and, hopefully, that other people appreciate.

I wake up every day grateful to realize that I’m especially blessed to make my living in photography, an art form that consumed me from the start.  The first time I had the opportunity to use our Minolta SRT 202, back in film days, I was hooked.  It was a superb camera, nearly pro quality;  a gift we made to ourselves on our first anniversary.

Almost immediately photography consumed my attention in ways that astonished me, and probably created unrecognized barriers for family and friends.  I could barely think about my “day-job”, thinking instead about images I’d either made, or was planning.

A darkroom for film development and printing was soon built in the basement.  After work I’d spend countless hours developing film or prints or reading up on how to improve.  It kept me awake terribly late most nights; an obsession rivaled only by my love of music and playing guitar.

Fast forward over many decades and it is still the number one recipient of my waking hours’ attention.  The subjects have changed over the decades, but the desire is strong as ever.   I do, though, still play guitar!

 

 

Jeff Behm Photography, located in Frederick, MD., serving the greater Washington DC-Baltimore-Frederick region with outstanding advertising and commercial photography.  Call 724-730-8513 or email jeff@jeffbehm.com

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Hurricane Florence Stops off at Breezewood, PA

At 5:00 in the afternoon, it felt like evening had already fallen

When Hurricane Florence began to move north, I was in western Pennsylvania, visiting family.  The weekend had consisted of two glorious, breezy, cool and sunny days with white puffy clouds.  Florence’s first day on scene was announced with a deluge, beginning around 2:00 PM Monday, Sept 17.  That just happened to coincide with my planned return trip to Frederick, MD, my home the past 8 years.

For 30 miles the rain on I-79 was horrible, reducing speeds to 30 mph and blinding drivers not only with the downpour, but the inevitable spray created by traffic.  Spin-outs from hydro-planing began to appear in the grassy shoulders and median strips, so rain-soaked that cars sank into the mud.  Well built and maintained as they are, the roads simply could not shed water quickly enough to keep rivulets from forming.  Twice I felt my car begin to hydro-plane as I tried to stay with traffic. Proceeding as slowly as I could and still stay with the flow, I began to seriously consider turning back, concerned that these might be the conditions for the entire 260 mile drive, half of it on the PA Turnpike; a most daunting proposition!

I determined that I would make the go-or-stay  decision at the Cranberry exit, where I-79 meets the Turnpike.  Miraculously, the skies cleared completely just before that interchange.  Checking weather conditions, it looked as though it was almost completely clear between Cranberry and Breezewood, where I-70 heads southeast for Frederick and Baltimore. Go for it!

Most of the drive was amazingly clear and often gorgeous, except for 3-4 sections where bands of heavy rain existed for 5-10 mile stretches. I was delivered to Breezewood in longer than usual time, but safely .  It was the perfect time to stop for coffee and a break.

This was where I had time to look around at the remarkable weather conditions that were beginning to manifest in the mountains surrounding Breezewood – just before rain, fog and wind reasserted dominance for another 20 miles.

In this photo, the mountains are almost completely obscured by heavy rain clouds extending nearly to the ground.  At 5:00 in the afternoon, it felt like evening had already fallen, though sunset was officially 2.5 hours away.  Within minutes of leaving here, I-70 East toward Frederick was completely fogged in, making the passage over the mountain at Town Hill much more exciting!

Jeff Behm is a commercial and advertising photographer serving corporate clients across the USA.  Specialities are food, jewelry and executive portraits/headshots.  Call 724-730-8513 to see how we can help you in your imaging needs.

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