Benton has been a professional photographer for 25 years. For the last 12 years, he has worked as a staff photographer for The Sacramento Bee newspaper. As a staff member, his photos have documented a rich and diverse cross-section of life in northern California. He has photographed the NBA, NFL, PGA, and WBC; Stephen Hawking, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elton John, and the Pope; surgeons, teachers, cops, and murderers. He has shot from helicopters, inside tiger cages, in underwater caves, and on movie sets.