Ben Shirk May 15th 2017

Ben Shirk 

Master Photographer, Master Artist

PPI Top Iowa Photographer

PPA International Photographer of the Year

Monday, May 15th


Crowne Plaza Bucks County Hotel 


PPA Members may receive a Continuing Education Merit for attending. Program is free for GPPDV members. Guests and non-members may attend for $69. Register using the online form at the bottom of this page.


Shirk Photography is known for running a successful studio and creating unique images.

Come learn how he educates his clients to spend money, then watch as he goes through a mock sale.

After learning how to increase your sales Ben will talk about how he creates his unique composites.  Watch his steps from concept to creation.

See how he begins to envision new ideas, creates a concept, and produces a finished piece.

Learn the 5 main elements to consider when blending subjects into a scene and leave with new ideas and techniques to wow your clients.

About Ben Shirk

I am a graphic artist who has stumbled into the world of photography and fallen in love with it. Capturing the human form has always been a passion of mine. For many years I drew people, everywhere I went I was drawing everyone around me, studying nuances in the way an arm bent or how the curls of someone’s hair fell across their nose. I was fascinated how a single line could completely change the way something looked. This challenge and love of capturing people slowly led me to photography. When my first son was born in 2005 I borrowed my first real camera from a friend and I began experimenting with it. Slowly I started photographing more friends and family. Finally in 2007 I had enough of a client base to leave my job as a graphic artist and become more serious about photography. I worked for a few years out of an in-home studio. Then in August of 2011 I opened a new 3600 sq ft retail location in my hometown of Wilton, IA just a few blocks from my house. My drive and passion for creating unique images has helped create a very high demand for my work and win many national and international awards.
2011 PPI Top Iowa Photographer
2011 PPA International Diamond Photographer of the Year – Electronic Imaging
2011 PPA International Gold Photographer of the Year
2011 PPA Top 3 – Grand Imaging Awards – Electronic Imaging
2012 PPI Top Iowa Photographer
2012 PPA International Diamond Photographer of the Year
2012 PPA First Place Grand Imaging Awards – Illustrative
2012 First Place Kodak Gallery Elite Award
2013 PPI Top Iowa Master Photographer
2013 First Place Kodak Gallery Elite Award
2013 World Photographic Cup 3rd Place
2013 Grand Imaging Awards 2nd Place– Illustrative
2013 PPA International Diamond Photographer of the Year
2013 PPA International Platinum Master Artist of the Year
2014 WPPI Top 3 Commercial
2014 WPPI 2nd Place Illustrative
2014 Canon Par Excellence
2014 PPA International Diamond Photographer of the Year – Master Artist
2014 PPA International Diamond Photographer of the Year – Photographic Open
2014 Grand Imaging Awards 1st Place Wedding
2014 Grand Imaging Awards 1st Place Senior Portraits
2014 Grand Imaging Awards Top 10 – Commercial
2014 Grand Imaging Awards Top 10 Illustrative
2014 World Photographic Cup 1st Place Wedding

GPPDV members may attend this program FREE as part of your membership. Pre-registration is not required.

Guests and non-members may attend for $69. Guests who are PPA members are eligible to receive 1 PPA continuing education merit for attending. Guests and non-members may register and pay using the secure form below: