Dawn J. Benko Photography

Montague, NJ

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About this pro

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

What I love about what I do is that today is different from yesterday, and tomorrow will be different from today. I recently did a presentation for "Career Day" at a local high school, where they wanted me to describe a typical day. I told the students, "A typical day is that there is no typical day." I love that. I like being out meeting new people and having new experiences. My body needs to be in motion. I start getting irritable if I'm sitting in an chair too long; for example, spending an hour typing up a profile on Thumbtack ;) But some things need to be done. And if sitting in a chair for an hour is what it takes, then sitting in a chair for an hour is what I'll do. I just won't be happy about it, because I'd rather be talking to you.
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Location

Montague, NJ 07827

Years in business

6

Times hired on Thumbtack

21

Reviews

14 Reviews
  • Sara T. Mar 13, 2017
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Real Estate Photography
    Dawn was excellent to work with - prompt, professional and flexible. Received high-quality photos within 24 hours of shoot.
  • T. S. Feb 3, 2017
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Recommend
    Very professional, took her time and got great shots! Will hire again for next photos!
  • Peter A. Oct 24, 2016
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Outstanding photographer!
    Dawn was prompt & professional. Highly recommend!
  • Janice C. Oct 16, 2016
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Excellent Photographer!
    Dawn came to the worksite and took her time taking photos with great care. The client was very happy with her work. I would definitely use her services again and refer her to others in mt field. Thank you Dawn.
  • John C. Aug 1, 2016
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Dawn did a wonderful job and was very professional. She took her time and made sure she did the best she could with the project we work on together. Came out perfect!
  • Rita J. May 3, 2016
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Great to work with!
  • Marina B. Sep 14, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Dawn is a pro. She corralled my family and got some great new hbaby & family shots. She sent the photos super fast which was such a great bonus. Thanks, Dawn!
  • Meghan H. Apr 21, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Dawn was so easy to work with. Jumped right in and got all the shots that we asked for. She was great with both the adults and kids. We had our pictures almost immediately after the party. You can tell she loves what she does and bring terrific customer service with it!
  • Melissa P. Apr 9, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    We hired Dawn to photograph my grandmother's 90th birthday party. What a great choice we made! She captured so many emotional and great shots -- our whole family enjoyed the photos. She made sure to get photos of everyone at the party, she took whatever group shots we wanted, and the rest were candids, which is exactly what we had requested. She got us the discs promptly and was extremely responsive throughout the process. Even better, she is a lovely person, and even said goodbye and happy birthday to my grandma on the way out. Simply put, we couldn't be more pleased!
  • Diane B. Mar 20, 2015
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Dawn was terrific! She was very patient and took her time as the house was not prepped for photos as it should have been. The pictures were beautiful and she went over and above for us!
  • Robert S. Oct 29, 2014
    If you looking for a talented, dedicated professional photographer who has the ability to capture moments in a very creative way, then I would highly recommend that you contact Dawn. I say this without hesitation based on my many years of having the pleasure of working with Dawn, as well as hearing others praise her photographic skills.
  • Ashley T. Oct 29, 2014
    Dawn and I were staff photographers together in New Jersey. She is a true photojournalist and wonderful person to work with. I'm a better photojournalist from having worked alongside her. On a daily basis I saw her deliver amazing, story-telling photographs while meeting deadlines for the paper. She is professional, reliable, and talented.
  • Michael D. Oct 28, 2014
    Dawn Benko is a professional in every sense of the word. I worked with her for 15 years at a New Jersey newspaper and she exhibited the drive, shooter's eye and skill of the best photographers. Her eye for news and sports photography is remarkable. Her freelance nature work is stunning.
  • Janine M. Oct 28, 2014
    I had worked with Dawn Benko for many years. Beside being an outstanding photojournalist, Dawn has expanded her expertise into the world of nature photography. I am honored to own one of her beautiful photographic works of art. Dawn possesses an impressive work ethic to match her equally impressive talent.

Q&A

How did you get started doing this type of work?
I tell people that I've pretty much known since I was four, flipping through my mother's National Geographic magazines. To me, photography was magical. It still is.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I think the biggest thing in this age of selfies and self-proclaimed photographers is that photography--great photography--is more than just pushing a button. Everyone with an iPhone is now a "photographer". At least, that's what people seem to think. The fact of the matter is that photography requires skill and knowledge and instincts and patience. The right equipment helps. But people forget, it's not the camera that "takes really good pictures".