Portsmouth, NH, United States
John Benford is a visual storyteller, creating honest, authentic portrait and lifestyle images and powerful architectural images for commercial and editorial clients of all sizes. John’s photographs are richly textured, rooted in a sense of place, and reflect his deep reverence for life and belief in our common humanity.
John’s vision is informed by his unique background, which includes studying to be a Unitarian Universalist minister followed by almost a decade working with data and systems in the corporate world. Like his path to professional photography, his images live in the tension between the organic and engineered, spiritual and scientific, heart and mind.
John Benford Photography is built on principles of respect for all people and the planet, integrity and fairness in relationships, and sustainability. As such, John especially appreciates working with mission-driven clients such as B Corps and other socially responsible businesses, and on sustainable design projects such as LEED-certified, Passivhaus, net-zero, and living buildings.
Since graduating with honors from the professional photography program at New England School of Photography, where he received the Tyler Munroe Award for Creative Excellence and Spirit, John has worked with clients such as Calypso Communications, Lavallee Brensinger Architects, Natural Rocks Ice Co., New England Wild Flower Society, and magazines such as AOPA Pilot, Humanities, and UNH.
Located centrally to Boston, MA, Portland, ME and Manchester, NH, John is available for assignments throughout New England and worldwide.
2011 - T. Munroe Award for Creative Excellence & Spirit