About Dave Bentley the Photographer
Photography has always been one of my main interests and hobbies. Even as a kid, I always had a camera with me - whether it was a disposable camera (remember those things?) or a cheap 35mm camera that you could buy at the department stores. As I got older, I got my first real camera, a 35mm Canon Rebel (probably partially in part to the Andre Agassi commercials). From there, it was on to my first digital camera in college, a Kodak Easyshare 3.5mp camera. This was my first step into the digital world. Since then, I've been a Canon shooter, recently adding a smaller Sony camera for travel when I don't want to lug around the bigger setup.
My training and education includes photography and some darkroom courses in college. Since then it's been a blend of being self taught - thanks to the internet, and attending various workshops, courses, and webinars. I've spent countless hours watching tutorials, and just going down the rabbit hole of Youtube videos.
In 2018, my girlfriend and I made the cross-country move to the Phoenix area from Washington, D.C. We instantly fell in love with the beauty of the landscape that Arizona has to offer, especially for photographers. This made me recapture my love of landscape photography again.
Over the course of my career as a freelance, professional photographer, I've been lucky to work on some really cool projects, collaborate with some wonderful people, and enjoyed every single moment. My work has been featured by multiple media outlets including The Washington Post, DC Focused, Fox5 DC, ABC15 Arizona, 3TV, CBS 5 in Arizona, Fox 10 Phoenix, among others.
Currently, I'm a full service photographer located in Tempe, Arizona. My camera bag consists of Canon full frame pro level cameras, and L series pro lenses. When I'm not behind the lens, some of the things I enjoy are sports, traveling, craft beers, and exploring all the beauty that the Southwest has to offer.
Contact me today and let's discuss your needs.
Read a little more about me in my interview with Voyage Phoenix Magazine.
My Work Presented to The First Lady of Japan
One of the coolest projects, and highest honors has been that one of my framed photos was selected to be presented as a gift to Akie Abe,
the First Lady of Japan, wife of Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.
(Sorry for the bad cell shot. It was sent to me from the agency)
Partial Client List:
American Marketing Association - DC Chapter, Arizona CBD Company, Arlington Community Federal Credit Union, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Beulah Louise Vintage Clothing Store, Boxwood Winery, Browning Homes Group, Flattop Burger Bar, Furthermore Designs, I Adore Couture Jewelry, Independent Electrical Contractors, Marci Thompson - author of "The P Word", Miki Agrawal - author of "Do Cool Sh*t", Pegues Branding Group, LLC, Potomac Vapor, Rhodeside Grill Restaurant, S Bellus Skincare, Sheri Autry Couture for New York Fashion Week, Society for Chemical Hazard Communication, Sundlof Guitars, T.H.A.I. Shirlington Restaurant
Published and credited work:
My main focus isn't shooting for publication as much anymore, but here are some past publications.
Latent Pixel #3
My Belleza Magazine
The Latent Pixel
DCFocused.com's Cherry Blossoms (2015)
The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang Cherry Blossoms (2015)
The Washington Post "Hotter Than Normal June Ranked Washington's Third Driest" (2017)
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology's IPT Brochure
APIC 2013 Conference Specials Ad
Promotional pieces for APIC's infection prevention training courses (postcards/flyers)
Prevention Strategist - Summer 2013 article
2015 Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Fund (VVMF) Calendar
Pegues Branding Group, LLC
Finalist awarded to multiple images in 2019 Shoot and Share Contest
Pixoto "Best of 2014"
PictureComptete "Abandoned" Contest