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Jeff Behm Photography, located in Frederick, MD., specializes in Advertising & Commercial photography

The studio was started in 1984, north of Pittsburg 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 Pennsylvania and Houston and resided in Houston primarily, eventually returning to PA.

In December of 2010, after 27 years in business, economic conditions in western PA had changed so radically for American manufacturing that a move was necessary.  I chose Frederick, MD. for it's proximity to the east coast and Washington DC megalopolis.

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

About the Photographer

Growing 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, drove me to find an outlet of my own. Music was an early career choice, resulting in working for Genesis among others, where I was exposed to the magic of stage lighting - how light can attract or repel the eye of the viewer.  Along the way, 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 in order to tell a story, to convince or display -  is a part of everyday life. 

Clients run the gamut from local companies to firms located across the USA, 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 shower and bath, to Lowe's to Zambelli Fireworks.  This work has taken me throughout North America as well as to the United Kingdom and has been published in TIME, Cheers, Appalachia, Pittsburgh Magazine, and the UK's 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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