Travel Photographer

Event coverage on location in Cancun Mexico

Recently we covered another event for Event Connections in Cancun, Mexico.  Here are some of the images we created over the course of 5 days:

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Event Coverage in St. Maarten.

We often travel with our clients to cover many different types of events and trips.  Here is a tropical one to St. Maarten where we shot over 6 days of activities, meetings, events, dinners, portraits and mini trips!


Event Coverage in Key West

We often travel and cover conventions, incentive trips, events and other business functions.  Here is one for a client that was in Key West earlier this year we photographed.


On assignment in the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia – Surf Photo trip

For the second year in a row I was asked to document a trip through the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia of the coast of Sumatra for a group of surfers from around the world.  We ventured out on a 12 day trip on the Indies Trader 3 boat with legendary captain Martin Daly and his experienced crew.  We scored perfect pumping waves the entire trip.  We shot half the time in the water and half out in the boats and skis.  Below are some of my favorite images of the trip!


Photo Workshop and visit to Mision Mexico in Tapachula Mexico with Compound Boardshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The past couple years Compound Boardshop  in Sarasota, FL have put on an invite only photo show from a few West Coast FL surf photographers.  Since I grew up in Venice, Florida I have been graciously invited and happy to display my work and raise money for an awesome orphanage in Tapachula, Mexico.  Compound have done numerous events, trips and various fund raisers all to help out Mision Mexico over the past 4 years.  This year they invited me to travel down to Mexico and do a photo workshop with the kids.  My fans donated over 10 digital cameras for me to take down to the orphanage!  Awesome!!!!  We were there for 5 days and what a blast it was working with the kids and seeing their minds light up with creativity!  We even got to go surf with them!   We then took a handful of images the kids took and auctioned them off at this years fundraiser!  What a great experience to be a part of!  Here are some of the images from the trip and the kids!


ESM covereage of my 10 FPS video and Annual Slideshow

Eastern Surfing Magazine put out a little article featuring my annual year in review video called 10 FPS.


Cover shot for Atlantic Current Magazine – 2 in a row for 2012

The Atlantic Current magazine continues to grow as a prominent South Florida Sports and Lifestyle read.  I was stoked to get the first and now the second straight cover.  This time with Jr. World Champ Wakeboarder Noah Flegel.  Not an easy shot to achieve as I was being dragged about 2 feet behind him on a tube.  I also had a ton of other shots in the mag, here are some tearsheets.  Articles on Tanner Strohmenger, The Flegel Brothers and The ResolversI also created two of the ads in the magazine.


3rd Annual 10 FPS Photos 2012

Take a look at the 2012 edition of my 10 Frames Per Second (FPS) video which is a review of the last 12 months of shooting.  Check out more with my 3rd Annual Photo Exhibit at Island Water Sports on Friday January 4, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. where I will present my most memorable images and describe what it took to get each shot.  Win some cool stuff from Quiksilver and Electric while supporting the local Jr. Surfrider Foundation.


Social Marketing Images for Cressi USA

Cressi USA supports me in shooting my underwater images by providing the best gear there is.  Here is a shot they used recently on their facebook cover for a while, shot in Bali, Indonesia.


Tropical Storm Isaac

Tanner Strohmenger punting in South Beach, Miami.

 

Todays tourist attraction on the strip at Fort Lauderdale beach

Skeeter Zimmerman’s patented layback snap in Miami.

 

With Tropical Storm Issac nearly on top of us, it was a struggle to get shots but we pushed on, traveled and made a few happen.  Here are a couple that got published.


Salt Life Marketing photos of Cappy from Indonesia

As I continue to work with providing marketing images for the Salt Life brand they are starting to use the photos throughout the stores, media and merchandise.  Here are a couple of Cappy on an ad and their home page of their website.


Covering Hurricane Lesile through the Bahamas

Recently I was hired on a trip to chase the waves of Hurricane Leslie in the Atlantic Ocean.  We took a flight to Eleuthera, Bahamas start the chase all over the island for 5 days.  You can read more each days stories here:  http://slavetothewave.com/ben%20hicks/

Scroll to the posts labeled Bahamas.

Also below are some of the published images from the trip so far in different publications.


New Lifestyle image campaign with Salt Life brand

Recently Salt Life purchased a handful of images for use in their in house ad campaigns.  Look for them at their retail stores.  They will be featuring their team rider Cappy that I recently shot on a trip to Indonesia.  Here are two images below that have been featured thus far. 


Indonesia Photo trip April 2012 – Mentawai Islands about the Indies Trader 3

I was asked to cover 8 guys on a surfing trip of their lives aboard the Indies Trader 3 throughout the Mentawai Islands over the course of 12 days.  Adventure is not even the word.  Chasing waves with the best boats and technology available….. in the best place in the world is an experience I wanted to share.  So I did, everyday on my blog partnership with www.Slavetothewave.com!  I had a series of blogs where I wrote and posted photos of everyday and the people, waves and experiences we encountered.  You can see them all here www.slavetothewave.com/ben-hicks/

Here are some of my favorite images from the trip.


Surfline.com’s US East Coast Year in Review

A couple images from this weird winter were ran on Surfline.com including from what I recall as the first empty inside out barrel shot of Delray Public Beach and Tanner Strohmenger inside the hook! Check out the live article  here East Coast winter-in-review


Island Water Sports Summer 2012 Surf Camp Marketing Materials


Indonesia – A phototrip on the other side of the world

The month of August in 2011 was filled with adventure, from scootering hundreds of miles to swimming many miles shooting in huge waves, my adrenaline rush was served up on a silver platter!  Here are some shots from an amazing trip!