Ben Reed
Ben Reed
Creative Director / Videographer / Photographer

Video • Photo


I’m an interdisciplinary creative thinker, leader, and doer driven by the desire to tell compelling stories and relentlessly see a vision through.

I am an award-winning creative director, photographer, and videographer—ultimately, I love the challenge of telling evocative and compelling stories that move people to action. I pride myself on developing creative assets that are strategically-driven, compelling, well-designed, and ultimately achieve the client’s goals. I believe my most valuable skill is my ability to be both left- and right-brained and effectively coalesce strategic, creative, and technical thinking.


ideation, Direction, cinematography, editing

I've directed, filmed, and edited broadcast commercials, branded content, and mini-documentaries for social media, conferences, tradeshows, and fundraisers. Clients include American Express, Albion College, Eli Broad College of Business, New Holland Artisan Spirits, Dark Horse Brewing, Northfield Mandolins, National Association of Realtors, Starr Commonwealth and many more.




Creative Direction, STRATEGY, UI/UX, Visual DESIGN

My interactive work includes end-to-end creative direction, UI/UX, and visual design for universities and graduate schools, international instrument manufacturers, interactive marketing agencies, automotive manufacturers, and banks. I've also been contracted by the incredibly talented team at mStoner to art direct and execute visual design for higher education clients such as North Carolina School of the Arts, Fashion Institute of Technology, Tufts University, and Johns Hopkins University. My work with mStoner earned various awards and recognition from The Webby Awards, W3, Honors Awwwards, Interactive Media Awards, and Webaward among others.



Portraiture, Editorial, Lifestyle, Product

For the past 20 years I’ve been photographing lifestyle, portrait, and product images for various commercial and corporate clients. My photography projects have taken me to Barcelona, Istanbul, Melbourne, Cannes, Palm Beach, Seattle, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago.


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Packaging, Direct Mail, CRM, Album Art

As Creative Director at Plan B Advertising in Chicago's West Loop Neighborhood, I directed CRM campaigns for Jaguar and Volvo which included primarily direct mail components with accompanying tradeshow, interactive, email, video, and event assets. I also led the creative development for 10+ successful RFP responses for clients such as Volvo, Merisant, McDavid, Azteca Foods, and Equal. In addition to creative direction for print, I've been doing art direction and branding for small businesses, musicians, breweries, and others for nearly 20 years.

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