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

Food photography - Amazing steak on bronze plate by Jeff Behm Photography in Frederick MD

Filet mignon in butter

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

As a former restaurant executive,  the very best in food quality 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 than it is when we’re talking bout food.

From food packaging to print and magazine 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

BBQ ribs food photography by Jeff Behm Photo Studio, serving Baltimore, Maryland, Northern Virginia and DC

Delicious BBQ ribs Kansas City style

When you’re looking for top quality food photography, look at the photographer’s portfolio.  Does the food look appetizing?  Does it look real?

Food photography of Ahi tuna with eggs tomato and peppers by Jeff Behm

A different tuna salad

If it’s true that people buy with their eyes, make sure your food photographer creates and captures that eye appeal.

Diver's scallops and dumplings by Jeff Behm Photography

Extraordinary Diver’s Scallops

 

Food photography of duck breast and pâté by Jeff Behm of Frederick MD

Incredible duck breast and pâté with cracked peppercorns

 

Mint julep with lime by food photographer Jeff Behm of Frederick MD

Summer julep

 

Pastrami in baguette by Food Photographer Jeff Behm

Incredible Pastrami sandwich by Jeff Behm food photography

 

Food photography - cheese cakes by Jeff Behm Photography Frederick MD

Overhead view of assorted delicious cheesecakes

 

Food Photography Ice cream cones for Joy Cones product packaging by Jeff Behm of Frederick

Product packaging photo of waffle cones by Jeff Behm Photography

 

Food photography of wines for restaurants by Jeff Behm Photography, Frederick

Wines to enhance the dining experience

 

Assorted of chocolate truffles - Food photography by Jeff Behm

Chocolate Truffle delight

Chocolate truffle solo by Jeff Behm Photography, Frederick MD

Single Chocolate Truffle

 

Incredible desert photo by photographer Jeff Behm

Bread pudding and toasted marshmallow with ice cream by Jeff Behm Photography

 

Chocolate cupcake with butter cream icing by Jeff Behm Photography

Gourmet Cupcakes – the perfect party specialty

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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.

Top jewelry photography for your advertising on white for e-commerce

High end precious gem jewelry in gold and silver

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.

Best photographer for top quality jewelry on white, gray, black and other sets

Silver and gold rings, pendants and earrings with diamonds and precious gems

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.

First quality photography of high end jewelry on white

Magnificent rings, earrings, broaches, bracelets and pendants

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

Getting to this point started with King’s Jewelry, a chain headquartered in New Castle, PA.  Their home office was adjacent to what was then my 22,000 sq. ft. commercial studio.  One day they asked if I could photograph some necklaces they planned to market for an upcoming holiday, I think it was Valentine’s Day.  I said “Yes” and started what is now a specialty, photographing jewelry.  (Although I seem to recall I had to rephotograph that first effort to get it the way they wanted it.)  Thirty years later, I’m in Frederick, MD., and jewelry photography is a specialty I perform for jewelers up and down the East Coast.  Here at Jeff Behm Photography, we’d be glad to help you with yours.

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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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 https://www.jeffbehm.com/headshots

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.

Call 724-730-8513 or email jeff@jeffbehm.com to learn more

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