The Critical Importance of Your Business Portrait

In speaking with clients about food photography, I often use the phrase “People buy with their eyes”.  The same is true for business portraits, or headshots.   How you present yourself to your clients – your corporate public image – is just as critical.   Direct eye contact, a degree of approachability,  the communication of competence and an uncluttered presentation all assist in attracting prospects, no matter what your field.  The portraits above, recently completed for a major firm in Washington DC, are a reflection of one approach.  There are many more approaches, as you can see at

As a photographer who specializes in food, jewelry and business portraits (executive portraits or headshots) it is my total commitment to bring out the very best in you.  No matter what your business is, a great headshot is an investment that pays off, big time.  Jeff Behm Photography, local to Frederick, serving the greater Baltimore/Washington DC/Frederick MD region.

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When You Need a Headshot

Visit our Head Shot Gallery

Remember, professionals thinking about hiring you want to see that you care about how you present yourself.  That first impression reflects on your respect and concern for them.

Anything less can damage your chances.

Are you planning for a new headshot because….

  1. Using a “selfie” or phone photo for your “professional” headshot hurts your credibility?
  2. You’re on a job search or updating your resume?
  3. Your employer told you to “get something professional” in a head-shot?
  4. You’ve made significant changes and want your photograph to reflect the new you?
  5. You’re an employer looking for a photographer who has the experience to come in and take care of it all for you – on site, on time, on budget and with the least possible interruption to your productivity, whether    it’s for 2 people or 200?
  6. You are an actor, model or entertainer in need of head shots for booking and talent agents?

Talk with us.  No obligation, free assistance.

Best reason first: Looking your best is good for you. That’s good for both of us.

We can schedule to meet your needs, whether that be at our Frederick space, your company or another location, indoors or out, local or regional.

You will be speaking with the person who will photograph you, and everything you see here is his work.  Zero bait and switch.

We include an advance visit to your business to scout for the best, most efficient location and means to meet your needs.

Ask for our free:

  1. “Style Sheet” to help you choose and to tell us clearly what look you want
  2. Planning guide on how to look your best and enhance your results.
  3. Input as you decide which style best suits your goals.

To learn more about how we can assist you in looking your best, email with your questions or concerns.

With over 30 years experience in this field, we at Jeff Behm Photography want to be of maximum service to you.

Again, that’s :

When Only the Best Will Do – Headshots by Jeff Behm Photography



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Jewelry and a Photographic Passion


Jewelry photography is a passion with no logical explanation


I really have no idea why that might be the case, except I appreciate the combination of delicate art and beautiful stones.  


My start in photographing jewelry comes from my association with King’s Jewelry, a chain headquartered in New Castle, PA. where I was located for the first quarter century of my business, before relocating to Frederick, MD. in 2010.  Since then there have been many notables, including Dominion Jewelers and Vortex 13, DaLori and others.

New Castle is as close to Pittsburgh as Frederick is to Washington DC and Baltimore, so it was a convenient blend of city access and country quality of life, being more rural, just as Frederick is. But nothing in Pittsburgh was as convenient as King’s main office being right next door, both literally and figuratively.

Out of that association so many years ago, grew my appreciation both for the the difficulty of fine photography of jewelry and gems, and for the beauty that is achievable.  Doing that beauty justice is my constant goal.

Thanks as always to Jessica Stoddard for her able and patient assistance on this assignment.

“Only the Best will Do” is my company motto, and it is never more true than when it comes to the fine art of photographing jewelry!  

Call 724-730-8513 to discuss your needs, or email me at

Only the Best Will Do

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Photography of Pottery

Products of all sorts have crossed the threshold of Jeff Behm Photography for over 30 years now, and thankfully, continue to do so.

Photography of Pottery – among my favorite subjects

When master potter Tameria Martinez, of Frederick asked me to photograph her work, it became both an honor and continuation of a tradition extending back to the late 1980’s.  Back then, in western PA,  there was not only pottery art, but numerous clients with established names like Shenango Pottery, Royal Monarch, Woodmere and Steelite, creating fine china that I was pleased to photograph.

Diamonds to Train Cars

Items in an enormous variety sizes and shapes have been in front of my lens for over three decades now, from railroad cars to diamonds.  The most interesting to me – beyond the human face – are objet d’art, in which class I place jewelry, fine food – and pottery.

My sister Cathy studied the potter’s art at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA.  It was through her that I was introduced to one of her professors, the late master potter, Kathy Koop, whose work captured my attention as it has thousands of others, and heightened my interest in these works of art, beauty, functionality or whimsy.

It’s a joy to be able to continue to create images important to capturing the efforts of other artists.

And let’s not forget, I said train cars, too.



Specializing in food and jewelry.  Photography that puts your business in its very best light.

Jeff Behm at 724-730-8513 or email

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Retro, Baby: When Something Old is New Again

Half a career in the digital age.

After thirty four years in this business, exactly half of them have come after the “digital revolution” entered photographer’s lives and altered everything.

Yes, Kodak, inventor of the digital sensor, started selling digital conversions of Nikon and Canon SLRs much earlier than 17 years ago, in 1991 in fact. But at $25,000 to $35,000 each, these were well beyond the reach of most of us in the profession.  Besides which, the need wasn’t there except for certain niches, primarily in the largest metropolitan areas and news agencies.

Computers, the other end of the digital imaging world, involved mostly Macintosh at that time,  running the earliest Photoshop editions.  But that involved scanning film or prints to convert photos to digital for most of us for about another decade.  I was struggling with this as early as 1993, when I got my first Mac, a Performa 400, but mostly sent the work to a processing agency for best results.  But I digress…back to digital cameras.

My first really effective digital camera was an Olympus E-10, a 4MP gem, bought in 2001. By later standards, it wasn’t really up to snuff as a professional tool with the exception of the then new website technology. However, it had great optics and allowed me to see the possibilities.  It was a superb early effort by Olympus, and deserved not to fade away.

The real game changer for most of us was the February 2003 introduction of the Canon 10D with 6.3 MP images.  The 10D wasn’t Canon’s first digital release, their D30 and D60 (note the different naming nomenclature) bodies came earlier, but it was the 10D that greatly enhanced the rate of change.  I was thrilled to obtain the first one in my 3 county area north of Pittsburgh in roughly late March 2003.

In the intervening years, digital photography has been a love-hate topic for most professionals, and I’ve been right there with most of my peers, grousing about the influx of wannabes at the same time I’m extolling the virtues of my latest whiz-bang equipment investment (Sam Levitan, are your ears burning?).  Thankfully, the grousing has been replaced by a renewed devotion to what brought me to this career choice in the first place: creating excellent imagery and providing clients with outstanding service.

All of which brings me back to the title of this post: When Something Old is New Again.  When you consider that the digital rubber finally hit the road in 2003, we have made incredible gains in the quality of capture in just over a dozen years!  I love the quality of imagery possible with my workhorse Canon 5D MKIII and 7D MKII bodies and their superb lenses.

My workhorse Canons, beloved tools of my trade, photographed with Sony a850 and Sony-Zeiss  24-70 f2.8


But the “old” I’m talking about here was unveiled in 2008, only 5 years after the 10D shook the world with 6.3 MP.  Amazingly, this camera blew the doors off what was considered possible by using a 24.6 MP sensor that had stunning clarity, sharpness and exceedingly clean color.  To add insult to injury, it was sold by an electronics company, not a camera manufacturer, and for this reason, it was totally dismissed by many in the photographic community as not a reliable choice “They’ll drop cameras and be out of the market in 5 years” was the common refrain.

Enter the full frame Sony a900/a850 DSLR.  Here is a camera that was so far ahead of it’s time that I’ve just purchased a used one on a lark, because I’d heard very good things in the background behind the louder voices of the skeptics.  It is quickly becoming my favorite in-studio camera.  Not only that, but it is completely simpatico with the incredible Minolta AF lenses made 30-35 years ago, when Minolta introduced the first autofocus 35mm film SLRs in the world, only to be overtaken by their larger competitors within a few years.

35 year old lenses mixed with a brand new design plus a 10 year old a850  Who knew?  Photographed with Canon 5D MKIII and 24-70 f2.8 lens

Sony has wisely kept the superb AF lens mount when they bought up Konica-Minolta, along with all of their world class lens designs, in pursuit of getting a foot in the door of the Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) market.  Sony had a series of less successful attempts before they created the a900/a850, but when they got it right, it was astoundingly right.

Along with the widely available used Minolta glass, Sony has simply rebranded Minolta designs, updating with modern multi-coatings while keeping the designs and actual glass components.  There is also a collaborative effort with Zeiss, another world class lens maker, to fill the gaps in what modern professionals demand in a line of lens products.

Make no mistake though; when used with consideration for the older multi-coatings, there are a lot of excellent optics available.

I’ve found that, straight out of my a850, the images are clean and accurate to a degree I had not anticipated in any camera, let alone a 10 year old body.  I have now purchased a half dozen used Minolta lenses as well as the outstanding Sony-Zeiss 24-70 f2.8.  Frankly, I couldn’t be happier with this unexpected windfall.   It may not be completely possible to see the differences in these photos in the online environment, but here in the studio on my monitor, there is just a little more richness and pop to the picture of the Canons, as taken with the Sony.

Old is new again.  I love it!

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