Ben Hicks Boca Raton Photographer

FIA Conference event coverage and photo booth onsite printing at Boca Raton Resort and Club

For the third year in a row we have covered the Futures Industry conference at the beautiful Boca Raton Resort and Club.  From shooting sessions, to action shots of the event we did it all.  This year we also created an onsite photobooth to help launch the new FIA magazine.  Participants could come by and take their picture, 10 min later they can come pick up a copy with themselves on the cover of the new magazine!  Thanks to my awesome team of Maria, Nate and Carl for helping out on this project!  Here are some images from the events!

Photos 2013 – West Coast – Venice, FL Jan 11, 2014 at Moody Agency

Photos 2013 – My annual slideshow is coming up! This year I will be doing a show on the West Coast and East Coast of Florida: Join me January 11 in Venice Florida at Moody Agency 270 South Tamiami Trail.  The show will be from 5pm-9pm.  Thanks to all the supporters: Pacsafe, Watershot, Compound Boardshop, Ollies Wake-Skate-Skim, Mood Insurance Agency, Volcom, Stance Socks, Electric visual, and Sun Bum sun care products who have contributed to the show and raffle; proceeds from the Venice show to benefit Mision Mexico ( orphanage.  Win some cool stuff and learn about some of my favorite images in 2013. The slide show will begin at 6pm outside in the parking lot of Moody Agency.  Feel free to bring your own lawn or beach chairs.  I will be discussing my favorite images in 2013.  Inside will be much of my large canvases and prints on display along with some of my father Ron Hicks oil paintings.  Light refreshments and horderves/appetizers will be served during the show and slideshow. See each flyer for more details.  Look forward to meeting many of you!

Helping a Hero Foundation Ceremony

We were a part of a special event honoring a war veteran injured on duty with the coverage on the groundbreaking for his new house provided by Helping a Hero Foundation.  He was a double amputee after losing his legs to an IED.  His family will have their new house built over the next year in Parkland, FL.  Here are a few images from the event!

Infinity Sales Group Marketing images

We again collaborated with to create a unique and bold new web appearance for Infinity Sales Group.  They sell Dish Network to millions of Americans.  We shot all the imagery for the new marketing drive for late 2013.  Here are some images from the shoot and also a few shots where the images where used on the new website created for them.

Advertising image campaign for Owl Tutoring

Recently we partnered with Boca Web design to provide the photography for the new Owl Tutoring ad campaign images.  Here are some of the images we shot with the models!

Studio: shooting over 120 products with Polyglass roofing materials.

Recently we were brought on by Polyglass based in Deerfield Beach, FL, a division of Mapei to shoot their latest catalog of roofing products.  We set up a full studio at their factory in Winter Haven, Florida for 3 days.  We also shot, adhesive materials, demos and a few headshots. The images will be edited once more by their team, adding drop shadows and other effects consistent with the other products in there catalog.

Cover shoot and article for The Atlantic Current magazine

We got our 4th cover for The Atlantic Current Magazine, more than any other publication I have worked with!  It was about my recent trip to Indonesia on traveling there to surf.  We also shot the welcome to summer image campaign.  Here are some tear sheets from the June/July 2013 issue.  The summer image campaign were shot in Deerfield Beach, Florida

One Bag One Life: Mini video product promos

Recently we were asked to build an entire line of images based on One Bag One Life’s new 2013 product Spring/Summer line.  Upon shooting a ton of stills that were shot for branding of the new bags on the web and print we also shot  and produced two videos.  Check them out!





Sears / Hankook Tires NFL Star Cris Carter shoot























Recently I was brought on a commercial shoot for Sears new Hankook tires with former all pro receiver Cris Carter.  We shot product shots, stills, candids, etc.  Cris was super fun to work with and provided us all with plenty of humor.

ESPN / Ben Hicks Portfolio Review

Apparently I like hues!


Here I am speaking in front of the crowd at my third annual Photos 2012 slideshow at Island Water Sports.  Photo credit to Leon Legot!

Espn recently did an interview / portfolio review on my last year of shooting surfing around the world.  Here are some screen shots from the article.

Pelz Family kids shoot – Boca Raton, Florida

The Pelz family kids got a pro photoshoot with me for Hanukkah.  Yeah, thats what they really wanted…lol!  Most kids have to be dragged to get just a few photos.  These two girls were totally all about it!  The boy wasnt as excited but still went along with it!  Here are some of the edgy shots we got down at the old train depot in Boca Raton.


2012 Boca Raton Police Services Ad Campaign: Motor Patrol

Once again the Boca Raton Police Services Dept.  has asked me to shoot the ad campaign for this year.  Here is one of the many shoots, the Motor Patrol.  Special thanks to my awesome intern Lamise for helping out!

Ginvasion Product party / tasting

As we continue to partner with Brave Man Media on a variety of projects we continued to provide event stills for their client Legacy while they provide video for them.  Here is a recent event in Miami at the Forge where Ginvasion was put on with a full night of tasting from the world finest Gin.

Miami SUP guide for SUP Time Magazine in Europe

We wrote the entire article on Paddleboarding in Miami and also provided  all the images for this article that was run in Europe recently.

Fanatic 2012 Brand Campaign: Spring Flatwater Photo Shoots


Fanatic SUP, a paddleboard company that produces some of the best paddleboards in the world once again had me shoot their 2013 flatwater SUP (standup paddleboard ) lineup  as well as their kids boards.  We did this years campaign in the beautiful waters of South Florida near Miami and also in Jupiter, Florida.  We had great conditions and I had some great models to work with.  Thanks to everyone involved with all their hard work for making it a huge success.  We also shot HD video interviews and also HD action videos with our GoPro’s.

Day 1, 2 and 3



Island Water Sports Summer 2012 Surf Camp Marketing Materials

World Champ Flegel Brothers wake shoot

Brothers Keenan and Noah Flegel talent make my job easier everytime I shoot them.  Here is the latest shoot with the boys.  I worked with Keenan ( 2010 World Wakesurfing Champ ) a bit more with some new angles.  Getting up close I was towed on a surfboard next to Keenan as he performed.  Shooting with one hand and holding the rope with the other.  Noah’s shots are done by have him launch over my head while I am towed laying on my back on a tube.

Some Keenan’s shots were used on and also on his board sponsor Inland Surfers website.



Portraits for Eastern Surfing Magazine Portraits of Florida Surfing History Exhibition setup

Eastern Surfing Magazine contacted me to try and get some portraits of the creation of this first ever gathering of the history of Florida surfing.

FAU University Galleries Director Rod Faulds

Interior Architecture: Castle Tile, Marble & Granite

Castle Tile, Marble & Granite once again hired us to shoot shoot some of their finished projects.  Here is one of the residences.

2nd Annual Photos 2011 Sideshow by Ben Hicks

Come check out my second annual Photo Slideshow at Island Water Sports this Friday January 6 at 7:30 p.m. Showing surfing images from around the world I shot this year and how I got them. With swag from Quiksilver and Quiksilver Womens. Prints will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds donated to Surfers for Autism.

2011 10 Frames per second – A look into my lens in 2011

A short video on some of the shots I took at 10 frames a second throughout 2011 from around the world. Enjoy!

Photo issue of Standup Journal – Full Spread of Chase

Winter 2011-2012 photo issue of Standup Journal opens with a spread of Chase Kosterlitz.  This photo was taken during the Fantatic Paddleboards 2012 catalog photoshoot.  At news stands now.

ESM Magazine 2011 Hurricane Issue

Tanner Strohmenger and I hooking up and getting a shot in the Dec 2011 Hurricane Issue.  Good friend and fellow Palm Beach photographer Nic Lugo gets one below with Pete Mendia!

How I got the shot: Double Page spread in Sports Illustrated Dec 2011 Noah Flegal 900 spin

This past summer, I had just heard that Noah Flegal  had just landed his first ever 900 and then did it in competition, making him the youngest ever to do so on a wakeboard at 13.  With that feat, I knew this kid needed some exposure as no one down here was covering him.  I scheduled a shoot with his awesome mom and we shot away.  The best part was going to pick him and his posse up at their house early….7 am.  Yeah, they werent real awake yet.  ” Ben, here’s $20, can you stop by McDonalds and pick them up some breakfast, his mom said.”  And so the day began!  My main goal was to somehow cover the 900 along with his impressive aerial arsenal.  Shooting from the tube first with a Canon 1d mark 3, Tokina 10-17 fisheye at 12mm about 5 feet infront of him got a few shots in the bag to start the day.  We then shot the rest from the boat when I was too beat to get pounded on the tube anymore.  Thats when I told the driver…. 14 year old Merrette Fay, who is Noah’s awesome filmer… to keeping doing double ups at the far end, where the sun would be hitting Noah in a front lit array.  I positioned myself to the center of the boat with my Canon Mark 3 with a Canon 70-200 L 2.8 IS set on Manual focus at the center of the end of the rope when he crossed  the middle.  I also set it at 5.6.  This way when I shot the sequence the focus would not change trying to track him and I would also be able to keep him in focus on the far left and right of the frames.  I aimed so that I had the far left of the landing covered and the far right of the take off.  As soon as he hit the takeoff I held the shutter button down and let the motor drive fire away!  After what I remember the third try, he nailed it and we got the shot.  I then took the 15+ shots and layered them in photoshop on top of one another on a 12 x 18 inch 300 dpi blank doc and started the process of erasing what was needed and what wasnt, through transparency, and masking techniques.  His mom, with all her awesome support really pushed all the sponsors on all the shots especially this one in many markets.  This led to his nomination of the SI Kids Sportskid of the year and eventually his win and amazing accomplishment.  Sports Illustrated contacted me about wanting to use the photo in their opening spread on him and the rest was history.