SPOTLIGHT: Barry Benton, Gittings Global, USA

A digital nomad long before it was trendy, Barry Benton has been snapping pictures around the USA for decades. He credits his roving lifestyle for continually inspiring his artistic work and considers trust to be the north star that moves a photography session in the best direction. Learn more about Barry through the following Q&A!

Q: Where are you based?
A: My wife & I sold our house about four years ago and have been traveling around the US in a motorhome.

Q: How many years have you been a photographer?
A: I started in high school as a photographer on the Denham Springs High School yearbook and newspaper staffs and spent a summer working at the Denham Springs News as a darkroom technician and feature photographer. As a college student, I was part of Louisiana Tech University’s yearbook and newspaper photography department – even became the manager in 1986.

After college, I moved to Dallas, worked for a commercial photography group, then left photography altogether, then opened up a family and executive photography studio in Plano, TX. In 2006, I sold that business to Gittings and became a partial owner with Greg Lorfing and studio manager of Gittings Dallas. Greg and I decided to sell the Dallas studio to Rick Bettinger in 2014 and launched what is currently Gittings Global. It’s been a wild ride!

Q: What is the most interesting photoshoot/subject you’ve ever photographed?
A: Photography has opened doors to some incredible job opportunities. I have enjoyed photographing historical moments, like Ronald Reagan during a Baton Rouge campaign trip in the 80s, and Richard Nixon during a post-resignation Dallas visit. But, for me, seeing/photographing this beautiful country is what I would consider the most interesting.

Q: Do you ever shoot with a film camera?
A: Not currently but have exposed thousands of rolls of film “back in the day.”

Q: What is your favorite aspect of portrait photography?
A: It’s the challenge…walking into a space that you’re not familiar with, photographing someone that you’ve never met. You have a limited amount of time to get that person to trust you enough to let their true personality shine through in a photo. My greatest sense of accomplishment is when I’ve captured a portrait of someone that they truly love.

Q: When you are not creating portraits for work, what kind of photography do you enjoy?
A: Travel photography…Landscapes

Q: What is your favorite vacation destination?
A: Yosemite