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Welcome to a bit about me, Jeff Behm , a photographer in Frederick, MD. Please, take this opportunity to get to know a little more about me and what I do by using the Advertising & Commercial link on the Home Page.

I started Behm Photographics in New Wilmington, PA in 1984 with an emphasis on technical expertise and creative images for many different uses -  principally advertising for western Pennsylvania's heavy industry.  In the early 2000's, I had studios in both New Castle, PA and Houston, TX, and lived predominantly in Houston, returning to New Castle eventually.

In December of 2010, after 27 years in business primarily in western PA, economic conditions had changed so radically that I moved to Frederick, MD.

Among the things that I believe set my work apart is this: the constant striving to simplify the image, the vision.  I couple this with imaginative photographs made with exacting attention to detail.  It is for these reasons that such clients as Korbel Champaign, Werner Ladders, Wendell August Forge, Parker-Hannifin, Trinity Industries, Dallas Hartman, Gorant Candies and many others have sent me all over the world, from San Diego, CA., to Europe.

While paid commissions have been able to feed my creative passion,
work for personal satisfaction had received short shrift until more recently.  That’s when a friend and gallery curator asked to see my personal images, leading to shows in Sharon, PA., Warren, OH.,
Monmouth, IL., and Burlington, VT.

Out of this additional direction has come a new and rewarding aspect to
my career: teacher.  While it’s always been part of my practice to take
on college interns and pass along photographic techniques, this
association with galleries has lead to teaching assignments in Pennsylvania, Ohio and now Maryland.

To paraphrase “Paladin”, an old TV show, “Have Camera, Will Travel”.

About the Photographer

I grew up in a family of gifted artists working in the more traditional media - painting, pottery, sculpting - all of whom I felt were much more talented than I.  Pursuing music as an early career, I ended up  working for Genesis among others, and was exposed to the magic of stage lighting - how light can attract or repel the eye of the viewer.  In there somewhere, I also discovered photography.

What started as a hobby became an obsession, changing my career and the course of  what I’d thought my life would be like.  Now, as a professional photographer since 1984, the creation of images for the use of others - to tell a story, to convince, to display -  is a part of everyday life. 

My clients run the gamut from local companies to firms located on the US west coast, in Canada and Europe;  advertising photography for Anderson Coach & Tour to Snark Sailboats to Joy Cones; from restaurant chains like Subway Sandwiches or Roy Rogers to Universal Rundle to Zambelli Fireworks.  The work has taken me throughout North America as well as the United Kingdom and has been published in TIME, Cheers, Appalachia, Pittsburgh Magazine, and Wedding Flowers International.

Thank you, and welcome.

Jeff Behm, Photographer

Jeff Behm Photography

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Preserving the world’s data from Frederick, MD.

In my career as a professional photographer, among the benefits has been the opportunity to learn more about the world, people, cultures and the incredible technologies people continue to create.  It’s afforded me the best education I could ever have imagined.
Earlier in February, I had the opportunity to work with a firm based in Frederick, Md., called The Crowley Company.

The Crowley Company manufactures more than 70% of the world’s microfilm, microfiche and aperture card scanners between the Mekel Technology and Wicks and Wilson brand.

Mekel Technology is manufactured in California (USA); Wicks and Wilson in Hampshire (UK). Crowley is, as mentioned, headquartered is in Frederick, MD.

On this assignment, I was ably assisted by Liane Spoto, with whom I’ve worked on other projects in the Frederick area.  When Liane wasn’t occupied with the lighting and setups necessary, she also created the available light “on assignment” photos seen here while I worked with Cheri Baker and her associate, Kris Sheckles, from Crowley.

It was extremely interesting for a photographer like myself, the bulk of whose career was spent creating advertising photographs on film.  In today’s digital age, discussing the lifetimes of various media with people as knowledgeable as those at Crowley was informative, as was learning the diverse kinds of information being stored on microfilm.

In addition to manufacturing and distributing these scanners, Crowley also operates one of the nation’s largest service bureaus, having converted hundreds of millions of images from books, newspapers, loose documents, photographic materials, graphic materials, maps, microfilm, microfiche, aperture cards and more. The company is also one of the last firms to still offer analog services, such as microfilm duplicating and processing (making microfilm from digitally-born files).

Why microfilm? It’s still the longest-lasting proven storage medium. If stored correctly, it has a life span of 500 years.

To learn more about The Crowley Company, visit

Photographic assignments have taken Jeff Behm all around the western hemisphere,  as well as serving his local areas of Frederick, Washington, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Howard and Baltimore counties.  Services provided include advertising, aerial, food, executive portraiture and commercial photography at the highest levels.  For outstanding professional advertising photography, located in Frederick, MD., call 724-730-8513 to speak with us.


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