Ben Shirk - Work Hard, Play Hard


“I’ve learned over the years that she’s usually right so just go with whatever she says.”

Ben Shirk might be one of the hardest working creatives out there. But he has reasons to do so. He works hard, so he can play hard…with his wife, Sara, and their three children.

“For a lot of years, I was making zero money.”

1:09 Sara

3:17 The Beginning

5:04 The Road to Profitability

8:36 Composites

9:27 The Builder

11:47 The Wrestler

15:23 Inspiration

16:45 Work Hard, Play Hard

21:36 Family First

23:07 The McClanahans

25:39 What’s Your Next Goal?

27:36 Finding the Shirks

“My mindset is that if I’m going to charge this much, I have to produce images that are worth it.”

Ben Shirk is an internationally award winning professional photographer. Growing up in a log cabin near a small farming community of Wilton Iowa he spent his days exploring the woods, swimming in rivers and developing his imagination. Today his stunning images are known worldwide for the creativity and depth of storytelling. Ben currently holds many International, National Photography Titles with a record eight top finishes at the World Photographic Cup Competition including three first place metals. He operates a thriving studio out of that same small farming community that he was raised in. His work attracts clients from across the world, creating dynamic images of athletes, children and families.

“Before I even had a camera, I was working in Photoshop.”