Hi, I’m Ben. I take pictures and make films.
It all started back in 2009, I had been taking photos for fun when a friend gave me $20 to photograph his band. It was my first paid gig, but I would have done it for free (sucker).
A few months later, I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and was promptly let go from the job I had for nearly seven years. I decided right then that I never wanted to work a traditional job again.
Since then, my cameras have taken me across the eastern United States in a 15-passenger van to shoot music videos with the Love Drunk project, on the field at Memorial Stadium on a Husker game day for the Big Ten Network, and that one time I was alone in a room, filming a cow giving birth at 2:34 a.m for Animal Planet. They let me name the cow, I went with MEGATRON.
Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate enough to meet a lot of great people from all walks of life, and capture some of the most important moments of their life or help them take the next step towards accomplishing their goals and realizing their dreams.
There are a lot of reasons I’ve stuck with photography and filmmaking after all these years. It’s challenging on a technical and artistic level and it’s led me to great friends and even better stories.
Most importantly, it’s given me a sense of purpose. Capturing fleeting moments of happiness, telling stories and, helping people push the needle to being that much closer to realizing their dreams.
If there’s a better way for me to make a positive impact on the world, I haven’t found it yet.