John Telford Photographs

South Jordan, UT

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

My very diverse background has prepared me to do a variety of professional quality work. I have photographed for national publication such as LIFE and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED as well as authored over 20 books. I have photographed leading political and religious leaders including Senator Orrin Hatch and First Lady Barbara Bush as well as LDS Church President Thomas Monson. I also photographed the Coronation ceremonies and festivities of the King of Tonga. I have completed numerous commercial and advertising assignments. I photograph in outdoor settings and also have a studio in my home for both portrait and still-life commercial work. My fine art photographs have been exhibited in over 60 venues nation wide and a large group of my portraits entitled "People, Places and Things on US 89" recently completed a three year state-wide tour of galleries in Utah.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Very early in my career I heard a quote that said, "...find something you love to do and you'll never have to work a day in your life." I love taking pictures and therefore going to places like China, Samoa, Cuba, Tonga, France or Italy to work on a book or some other assignment is not work at all. It is pure pleasure. I also learned that when you do what you love you'll go the extra mile to make it the best "work" ever.
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South Jordan, UT 84095

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6 Reviews
  • Emile D. Jun 19, 2017
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    John did a good job listening to my requirements and kept me updated on the progress and we had regular review sessions which I found was very important to get the correct final product. I would definitely recommend John for any projects and I will also be going back to John for future projects.
  • Brian T. Feb 4, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
  • Leslie B. Jul 30, 2013
    John was a pleasure to work with. Getting 4 energetic boys to hold still AND smile at the same time is nearly impossible. But John brought props that caught their attention AND made them smile. Our family portrait is beautiful! Well done, John!
  • Austin M. Jul 30, 2013
    He photographed me for my graduation picture, and also just a few other ones for fun. Each time didn't take to long. Probably a max of 30 minutes. Overall each experience was great. He's really nice and very easy to get a long with. Every picture that was taken looked amazing. And I really enjoyed everytime I worked with him. I will most definitely have him photograph all my other major events. And you should too.
  • Braydon T. Jul 30, 2013
    I did my Senior Pictures with John and they turned about amazing! It took only 2 sessions because we went to different locations in 2 days. John really knows what he is doing when he takes his pictures. He takes into account for the sun, the shadows, the angles, and the color contrasts; all in which enhanced my pictures. He is very professional about the entire process. After the photo shoot we both went over all the pictures and we chose the ones with the absolute best quality. All in all an amazing time! I will definitely come back to John for more! Outstanding job! Thank you so much!
  • Jason O. Jul 21, 2013
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    John did a great job! He was a pleasure to work with, and he delivered on what I needed done (headshot photo).


What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I love to discover the needs of the client so that I can best meet those needs and deliver quality photographs.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have taught photography at the University level for more than four decades. There have been more significant changes in photography in the past 15 years than there were in the previous 100 years. In order to stay current with all of the changes and advances in technology I am constantly taking workshops, seminars and webinars to hone and refine my skills.
What types of customers have you worked with?
With more than 40 years of professional experience I have completed a wide variety of photographic assignments from portrait photography to high end commercial photography; from photojournalism for Time Inc. to book publications (20 different books). My photographs have been published and exhibited throughout the world. I have been featured in multiple television and radio programs along with many newspaper and magazine articles.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I recently photographed the Coronation ceremonies and festivities for the King of Tonga. This included portraits of the King, the highly symbolic kava ceremony, the actual coronation ceremony and many other cultural festivities. I was in Tonga for nearly a month. The result was a large 250 page book that was published a few months later.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Not all photographers are the same. Hire a photographer who has experience and can produce quality work, not just the one with the lowest price.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What is the end product for which the photographs will be used? Photographs that will be printed large or in high quality publications demand a higher quality original than photos that will be used in social media or on the internet.