Give Your Business a Boost!

Magazine quality jewelry, food and business portraits.

“People buy with their eyes”. A phrase I learned long ago in the restaurant management business and have never forgotten.  At the time, that was certainly in reference to plate appeal, but it applies to so much more!

For over 3 decades now, that phrase has been the maxim for my approach to photography of your products – whether that be food, jewelry or personnel and service.

During difficult times, the first inclination is to say to ourselves, “Not now, I have to avoid spending.”   But there are reasons some businesses gain traction, even now.  Marketing, advertising, quality and service are the answers.  Putting our head in the sand and hoping? Those are not.

Give your business a boost over the competition!

Show your offerings in the best possible light, and allow us to help you win with photography of your products, your business location your staff and services.

Jeff Behm Photography, commercial and advertising imagery, with specialties in food, jewelry and business portraiture.

Call 724-730-8513 now to kick-start your economic recovery!

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Frederick Lifestyles-Colonial Jewelers Joint Venture

I love when a great idea comes to fruition. The opportunity to create the photographs that Colonial Jewelers would use in their Frederick Lifestyles Magazine advertisements is one such venture.

Strong images for online sales are more essential now than ever!

Despite the inroads of COVID 19, here at Jeff Behm Photography we are providing jewelry and small product photography as usual through whatever means of contact and delivery suit you best. Zoom meetings for face to face discussions of your needs; no contact, low contact, messenger or courier delivery – we work as you require in order to keep your marketing efforts on track. Strong images and visual representations of your products for online sales have become more essential than ever! Put our outstanding service and quality to work for you.

Keep ahead of your competition!

Call now for more information. 724-730-8513 or email jeff@jeffbehm.com

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Photographing Jeweled Elegance

During this Time of COVID, it’s become very clear how fortunate and grateful we should be that the desire for our work in jewelry photography and corporate portraiture continues.  We are wishing all of our clients – especially our friends in the restaurant business – the very best and a speedy recovery.

Speaking of jewelry, here’s an exquisite and recently photographed piece, front and back.

Showing the rich details of fine jewelry is our passion

Symmetry and Beauty in Jewelry

The wonderful symmetry in the placement of the diamonds coupled with the graceful curves in the design make this piece a favorite among my recent work. The side benefit is, my favorites are constantly evolving with the never ending variety of jewelry we get to see.

Up close reveals the beautiful detail work in this pendant, front and back

Jeff Behm Photography, located in Frederick Maryland, serving clients from Boston to Roanoke. Fine jewelry, photographed in our location or yours. Call 724-730-8513 now to discuss your needs, or email jeff@jeffbehm.com

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Headshots on Location

The Challenge

The occasion was a new partner at a chiropractic office who needed to have location photos taken.  These needed to match the existing motif for the office’s website.  This can be a challenge.  For starters, the original photographer and I may not approach photography the same way, let alone the questions as to how types of gear and ways of “seeing” impact results.  Nearly 4 decades of experience can be an excellent resource to call upon.

Doctor’s chosen portrait

I’m a big believer in location scouting whenever possible, even down to the same time of day to see the effects of the ambient light. By getting the lay of the land I may spot potential challenges in executing the assignment.  It’s a much more efficient way to work on location, and makes it far more likely I’ll have everything necessary to complete the assignment to the client’s satisfaction.  When this location was scouted, it was a bright and sunny early November day with 70 degree temperatures – fully NOT the usual for the time of year.  By the day of the assignment, normalcy had returned.  It had rained heavily all morning and was incredibly dark and dreary.  All the gorgeous light flooding in through the windows the day of the scout was nonexistent, but that look of beautiful ambient light was still required.

Flashpoint/Godox lighting to the rescue! 

Because I had seen the effect of window light on the rooms when sunny, I knew additional lights would be needed to recreate what nature had since removed.  I already knew I’d use the 31” Glow Lantern as the main, whether it was sunny or not.  This would be on an AD600, hand metered and set at 1/8 + .3 power.   Not only does the lantern light the subject beautifully with a pleasing shadow gradient, it also spreads a soft natural fill all around, reducing the need for additional lights and reflectors to be brought into an establishment; a real inconvenience in some spaces.

Because the subject would be standing in the archway between two rooms, the light from the Lantern main would be cut off by the wall and not reach the second room.  A second light would be needed to emulate the daylight that would not be flooding the room.  For this I used an AD200 with the bare bulb head and the reflector cone with the diffuser on the front, set about 5’ high at 1/2 power and bounced up into the corner of wall and ceiling above the windows, or about 10’ high.

The lighting setup to create the daylight look
Testing to determine the background lighting

Finally, there was a third room – a small reception area beyond the second room, dark as a tomb at normal exposure times without bright sunlight.  For this room, a second AD200 was placed on the reception counter, standing on end and aimed straight up, also at 1/2 power.  To help spread the light within the room, I used a MagMod Sphere.  A few test shots were required to avoid annoying shadows, but once those were complete, I could see that the look of natural light I had been asked simulate was well and simply done.  All that was left was to bring in the new doctor and proceed.  

First frame

Canon 5D MKIII on tripod, Tamron 24-70 G2 lens at 70mm, f4.0, ISO 100  1/50 second to gather some ambient light.

When you need to put your best foot forward, call Jeff Behm Photography 724-730-8513 or email jeff@jeffbehm.com Nearly 4 decades of professional experience focused on your needs

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When You Need the Best for Your Money

How do I take a tiny item like this:

One quarter inch, life sized is all that is

and turn it into something you can easily see and appreciate, like this?

demo of focus stacking
Many times life sized garnet

Wizardry!! That’s how!

Seriously, though…. I’m blogging about jewelry a lot these days, because it’s the business that’s coming in the door.  I love photographing food, too, but with the restaurant business being so restricted by COVID 19 compliance, there’s less call for what I do in the food industry right now.  With dining establishments on restricted hours or days, there might be more time, but the restrictions have impacted the potential budgets for new marketing.

Earlier this year I created a Facebook post about some of the special techniques I bring to jewelry.  Other fine products I photograph require special techniques as well, but jewelry, being so small, is very specialized.

Tiny details help lend scale.

To show your work to the best of it’s ability, call 724-730-8513.  Or email jeff@jeffbehm.com Serving the eastern United States

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