Ben is a graphic artist who stumbled into the world of photography and fell in love with it.  Capturing the human form has always been Ben’s passion and he spent many years drawing people.  Everywhere he went he was drawing everyone around him… studying nuances in the way an arm bent or the how the curls of someone’s hair fell across their nose.  Ben was fascinated how a single line could completely change the way something looked.  This challenge and love of capturing people lead Ben to photography.   Shortly after his first son was born in 2004 Ben borrowed his first real camera from a friend began experimenting with it.  Slowly he started photographing more friends and family.  By 2007 Ben had a enough of a client base to leave his job as a graphic artist and become more serious about photography.   For the first few years he worked out of an in-home studio in his hometown of Wilton, IA.  By 2011 he was able to open a new 3600 sq ft retail location just a few blocks from his house.  Ben’s drive and passion for creating unique images has helped create a very high demand for his work and has helped him win many national and international awards…  6x PPA International Diamond Photographer of the Year, including Double Diamond Photographer of the Year (one of only five ever in the world).  The only photographer in the world to be a top 3 finalist in 3 different categories in the World Photographic Cup with two 1st place finishes.  Most recently Ben landed a PERFECT CASE at district competition…  four 100’s.

DEGREES:

•   B.A. Art – University of Iowa
•   Master Photographer – PPA
•   Master Artist – PPA
•   Photographic Craftsman – PPA

HONORS:

•   Society of XXV
•   PhotoVision Video:
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•   Professional Photographer Magazine:
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PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS:

2011 PPI Top Iowa Photographer
2011 PPA International Diamond Photographer of the Year – Electronic Imaging
2011 PPA International Gold Photographer of the Year – Photographic Open

2012 Grand Imaging Awards Top 3 Electronic Imaging
2012 PPI Top Iowa Photographer
2012 PPA International Diamond Photographer of the Year – Photographic Open
2012 PPA International Platinum Photographer of the Year – Master Artist
2012 National Kodak Gallery Elite Award 1st Place

2013 Grand Imaging Awards 1st Place Illustrative
2013 PPI Top Iowa Master Photographer
2013 PPA International Diamond Photographer of the Year – Photographic Open
2013 PPA International Platinum Master Artist of the Year – Master Artist
2013 National Kodak Gallery Elite Award 1st Place

2014 Grand Imaging Awards 2nd Place Illustrative
2014 Grand Imaging Awards Top 3 Wedding
2014 World Photographic Cup Top 3 Illustrative
2014 World Photographic Cup Top 10 Wedding
2014 WPPI Top 3 Commercial
2014 WPPI 2nd Place Illustrative
2014 PPI Top 10 Iowa Master Photographers
2014 PPA International Diamond Photographer of the Year – Master Artist
2014 PPA International Diamond Photographer of the Year – Photographic Open
2014 Canon Par Excellence
2014 Canon Par Excellence Select

2015 Grand Imaging Awards 1st Place Wedding
2015 Grand Imaging Awards 1st Place Senior Portraits
2015 Grand Imaging Awards Top 10 Commercial
2015 Grand Imaging Awards Top 10 Illustrative
2015 World Photographic Cup Gold Medal – Wedding
2015 World Photographic Cup Gold Medal – Portrait
2015 World Photographic Cup Silver Medal – Illustrative
2015 WPPI 1st Place Illustrative
2015 WPPI 2nd Place Commercial
2015 WPPI 3rd Place Wedding
2015 WPPI 3rd Place Portraits
2015 PPI Top Iowa Master Photographer
2015 PPA North Central District PERFECT CASE (4 x 100)
2015 PPA International Diamond Photographer of the Year – Photographic Open
2015 PPA International Platinum Photographer of the Year – Master Artist
2015 Canon Par Excellence
2015 National Kodak Gallery Elite Award 2nd Place
2015 Sunset Print Award 2nd Place

2016 Grand Imaging Awards Top 10 Wedding
2016 Grand Imaging Awards Top 10 Master Artist
2016 Grand Imaging Awards 1st Place Illustrative
2016 World Photographic Cup Bronze Medal – Illustrative
2016 WPPI 2nd Place Illustrative
2016 PPI Top Iowa Master Photographer
2016 PPA International Diamond Photographer of the Year – Photographic Open
2016 PPA International Platinum Photographer of the Year – Master Artist
2016 Canon Par Excellence