Because the best photos aren’t taken, they’re coaxed.


A craftsman of visual design, commercial photographer Kenneth Benjamin Reed captures the essence of a concept with an artist’s heart and a marksman’s aim.


Kenneth Benjamin Reed, photographer

“I really enjoy photography. I also love to learn about my clients so that I can better portray what they want to say through my work.” -Ben



Portrait Portfolio

Product Portfolio

Editorial Portfolio

Using principles of lighting and composition from classic paintings and early film photography, Ben Reed has a knack for teasing classic, yet unique images out of every photo opportunity.

Not afraid to push the creative envelope, Ben also knows how to harness more edgy and modern techniques of lighting and composition in his photographs.

It’s this balance between new and old that brings his photography into breathtaking visual clarity.

Be it studio portraiture, environmental portraiture, product photography, editorial assignments, or advertising campaigns- Ben knows that doing great business is all about building great relationships.

This USCG veteran and life-long scholar of photography knows when to lead and when to listen.

Call (503) 877-4041 or email him today for a free consultation.



The Onion, USA Today, Portland’s KPTV FOX12, Pearson Publications, Media Inc, The Portland Opera, Marquis Magazine, Great Escape Publishing, Chicago’s Threadless, Seattle Magazine, Liaison Designs, Gasoline Glamour, Exprima Media, Northwest Tattoo Magazine, Stephanie D Couture, Blue Gardenia cafe, Adorn Body Art, Dr Pressman, Today’s Vintage, My Bad, Billie Jo Retro, Ginger Salon, Salon 77, The Sentinel, MF Magazine, Big Town Hero, Connoisseur Concentrates.



Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge, Canon, Nikon, Genuine Fractals, Apple, Windows, Linux, Powerpoint, HTML/XML/CSS, digital photography, image file management, digital workflow, multimedia, post-production color management, concept development, creative design, image editing, and Lightroom catalog management. You can learn these things, too: Ben is available for classes, tutorials and workshops.



Ben has knowledge on creating a variety of lighting scenarios in strobe, tungsten, natural, and mixed lighting environments. He has experience with Broncolor, Elinchrom, DynaLite, Speedotron, Lowell, Interfit, Profoto, Calumet, Paul Buff (Einstein, Alien Bee, White Lightning) strobes, portable power/battery packs, Cybersyncs, Pocket Wizards, and other transceivers, Speedlights, natural and hot lights, baffles, flags, modifiers, soft-boxes, and numerous DIY lighting techniques.



“His shots are the main reason our business has done so well, as we are a internet based company. He has earned a lifelong client and I can’t recommend him enough.”
– Andrew Jones, Connoisseur Concentrates CEO

“Ben is top-notch and cares about the details and results. At the same time he’s very reliable with deadlines. I asked him to photograph some Adidas basketball sneakers as concepts for ads and he did a great job. He’s extremely reasonable and easy to work with.”
David Cin, Senior Footwear Designer at Adidas

“The lighting was correct for my personality and Mr. Reed made me look like I see myself. It was a two-way communication during the session and I was allowed input on what I preferred in terms of light and background. It was an extremely enjoyable session and I can highly recommend anyone with the need for a professional portrait to use Kenneth.”
– Jens J Jensen

“I do photo double work for Adalind on Universal Media Studios’ Grimm and when they need an updated or specific picture of me I call Kenneth Benjamin Reed.”
– Kendal M.

“Ben has shot several events for us. He’s really easy to work with, takes direction well and always gets the photos we need with a variety of crowd shots, candid images and any sponsors or dignitaries we need.”
Mike R.

“Ben’s ability to connect with people and his enthusiasm make him our first choice when the need arises.”
Trisha Hassler, Artist

“Ben was both easy going and professional, making for a comfortable environment. He provided some great tips and coaching through the whole process and I had my final images within just a couple days. I’m very happy with my final headshots and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a photographer.”
– Shea M

“Take a look at Ben’s portfolio. Skilled in both studio and on-location photography Ben has shown himself to be a dynamic photographer capable of handling a myriad of photography projects.”
Luke Olsen, photographer

“There are few photographers that I would endorse, Ben is one them. He’s truly talented and hard working.”
– Adam Michaud, Graphic Designer at Leupold

“I really enjoyed working with Ben. He made me feel relaxed and confident. Most importantly, I loved the results. The headshots I received from him were just what I needed to help me land the roles I was seeking.”
– Sherrie V.

“Kenneth has an amazing eye for photography.”
– Alex Roosevelt , Vice President at UNIQUE LIQUID

“Ben is a fantastic photographer, patient and creative. He will help find ideas for those who don’t know what they want, and help fulfill the creative ideas of others. I am very pleased with the work he’s done for me, and will be returning in the future.”
– Sean W.

“If you are looking for fun and edgy photo or a classic and elegant photo; you can have both with this photographer.”
– Skye W.

“Ben shot my son’s senior picture–a series of formal headshots–and then used the rest of the time for some creativity. Wow. The headshots were fine, perfect for the yearbook. But if you use KBR, just let him roll with the creativity. The scenes, lighting, use of props, were outstanding. Most of my teenager’s creative shots were pretty edgy but really fun. Since he wants to be in theater, they will be perfect–and different–for his portfolio. The price is very competitive as well. I would highly recommend KBR for any type of photography.”
Deborah N.

“His gregarious nature is sincere, and his charm is a breath of fresh air in an industry of people seemingly too busy to be human. I highly recommend him for projects large and small; you can’t go wrong in any capacity.”
Benjamin Balzer

“Very easy to work with, and very professional. He coached me to get a great shot! Very affordable too. Definitely recommend him.”
– Megan R.

“I’ve worked with Ben on several projects and he has always been a source or great creative inspiration and technical knowledge. I would recommend him to anyone looking for an artistic photographer with superior skills.”
Mike Burry, photographer

“Kenneth Benjamin Reed has a rare and amazing talent. He has the ability to capture the spirit of his subject (without which a photo has no life). I’ve worked with him on several occasions in the past and have never been disappointed. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for fabulous photographs!”
Kat Swank, designer

“Ben is a very talented photographer and a great teacher.  He was patient and explained photography techniques very well.   He gave me a good base to start from as a beginning photographer.   Ben also followed up with me via email to offer support.  He was happy to answer my follow up questions.  I look forward to continue my learning with Ben.”
– Dale B.

“Kenneth Benjamin Reed is a very creative photographer who shoots outstanding work both in studio and on-location. I highly recommend him.‎‎”
Pete Springer, Portland Photographer

“He is a true professional and I highly recommend him if you are looking for someone experienced to come prepared and produce quality work.”
– Daylene Rhyner, Model

“I’ve worked with Ben a few times and those that I didn’t get to, I wished I had! He presents only the finest of quality work matched with timely deliveries. He is artistic, clean, professional and innovative…clearly amazing!”
– Jennifer Sims, Client / Fashion Designer

“Ben provided excellent work – quality images delivered on time and within budget.”
– Corey Pressman

“Kenneth (Ben) creates phenomenal photographs – they are imaginative and technically excellent. Highly recommended.”
– Lisa Fox, Client

“I was able to assist Ben with a few shoots, and was amazed at his professionalism and ability to coax the most inexperienced subject into a fantastic shoot! Ben is a work-horse, and stays on task until everyone is completely satisfied with their results from the initial consultation and set-up to final printing,”
-Holly Patton, stylist

“Kenneth Benjamin Reed is extremely knowledgeable and creative in his art and understanding of client’s goals…cool dude too.”
– Raymond Gehlbach

“Great Photographer to work with! Very Professional and very easy to work with.”
– Cody S.

“Ben is a very talented photographer and a great teacher.  He was patient and explained photography techniques very well.   He gave me a good base to start from as a beginning photographer.   Ben also followed up with me via email to offer support.  He was happy to answer my follow up questions.   I look forward to continue my learning with Ben.”

Dale B.

“I went to KBR’s studio on Friday for my first ever sit down for pictures. I was pretty nervous about the experience, but he had a knack for easing down my anxiety level and engaging in conversation that made the process very, very easy.  I now have the headshot I needed for my business. A nice guy who does a great job at an amazing price.”
Russ F.

“Ben is a remarkable, skilled and personable photographer. His is a master of both the technical aspects and the art of his trade.”
– Padraig Criostoir Nolan

“Ben was a pleasure to work with and super speedy in getting the head shots back to me. He created a warm environment that made me feel at ease and we were able to capture some great photos in less than an hour! I’d come back to Ben again for any of my professional photography needs!”
Paige E.

“I hired Kenneth Benjamin Reed to photograph the 4 Wheel Parts retail outlets for Oregon and Washington for Google See Inside Tours. Kenneth made all the arrangements.  He hired the photographers, he scheduled the photo shoots with the store managers and he uploaded the tours to Google Virtual Tours. Working with Kenneth was smooth and the tours came out looking great.  I would recommend Kenneth to any enterprise level business looking to have multiple locations photograph but wanting to outsource the management of that process.”
-Adreana L.

“Ben is a talented artist with a fantastic eye for his subject – you’ll love his work!”
– Alicia Kea, SEM Strategist

“I reached out to Ben for a professional headshot, which I had never done before. He was incredibly helpful, patient, and laid-back though the whole process. He didn’t charge a lot for it, but still spent quite a long time working with me, answering my questions, coaching me to get the best shots possible, and helping me pick my final three. He was also very responsive and easy to get a hold of for questions. I love my final headshot as well! I definitely recommend him.”
Erin K.

“Working with Ben was a very comfortable, enjoyable experience. I’ll definitely contact him for my next photographic experience….”
– Nathan S.

“Ben has the kind of calming presence that can put camera-shy folks at ease, he knows how to give gentle direction in order to take a great photo, and he has the kind of artistic eye and understanding of lighting and framing to beautifully capture whatever he points his camera at. When it comes to quality, creativity, and professionalism, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better photographer. I really can’t recommend him highly enough, he’s fantastic.”
– Jayda Klingerman, Executive Recruiter

“I searched around for a decent place to get some headshots taken and luckily found Ben. I got way more than decent. He explained everything that he was doing and going to do, had great suggestions and while I had many trepidations going in, I came away feeling really confident and more importantly, having thoroughly enjoyed myself. It was a really great experience and I plan on using him again for future work.”
– Nick H.

“Kenneth Benjamin Reed was our photographer for a little over a year, and photographed hundreds of our actors and models. He does a fantastic job, and our clients loved the work!”
– Scott Corrie, Casting Agent

“We collaborated on a project with Ben Reed, where I was a Stylist and we had a male model. The results were amazing, and plus Benjamin is an excellent listener, he has ideas and he is very easy to talk to. He also managed to finish editing the photographs avery fast after the photo shoot. I am sad that I moved to another state, otherwise I would surely love to collaborate again.”
Sasha Z.

“Had a great experience having my headshots taken with KBR. I was pretty nervous going in as I have never felt comfortable in front of the camera. But Ben was super helpful and I think his most valuable skill was coaching me to bring out a nice countenance…I can’t say just nice smile because he worked on my eyes, body language, mouth among other things. Very highly recommend his service, I had my edited headshots within days and all for the most affordable price I found in the Portland area.”
Josh B.

“I was so nervous going to get my first set of head shots, but Ben made me feel comfortable.  He is an awesome communicator, coaching me so that the photos he took showed me at my best.  He has a real eye for capturing the essence of a person.  By the end of the shoot, I felt beautiful and confident, and it shows in the results.”

– Gail K.

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