Creative Concepts Photography

Meet the photographers

Ben Lochard and JJ Grinvalds - Photographers at Creative Concepts Photography

Ben Lochard

Hi...I'm Ben, the owner and lead photographer for Creative Concepts Photography. Thank you for visiting the site and viewing our work. If you have any questions, please feel free to visit the contact section and send us a note. In the meantime, here are some facts about me that you may not know.

  • If you can't tell by my photo, I love to have a good time and I always try to make sure you have as much fun as I do during your session.

  • I started Creative Concepts Photography because of my passion for art and photography. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising from Iowa State University and specialized in the area of art and design.

  • I love photography outdoors with natural light, but I also have a studio in my home.

  • I use a photojournalistic style mixed with traditional poses. I truly belive in capturing the moment.

  • I have a dog, Joey, that I rescued from southern Missouri. He is the world's BEST dog and if you get the opportunity to visit my studio, you might get to meet him :)

  • I am a HUGE Cyclones fan!

  • JJ Grinvalds

    Hey! I'm JJ-- photographer and lead designer at Creative Concepts. Art and design has always been a passion of mine, and I have my grade school sketchbooks to prove it! I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design from Iowa State. The education in design I received has been very helpful with photography here.

  • I've lived in the Des Moines area my entire life, save my college years and a semester that I was lucky enough to spend in Rome.

  • I'm very personable, and enjoy getting to know people by asking random questions. So don't be surprised if I ask you something like what color your light saber would be if you had one. (Green, right?)

  • I love being active and enjoy challenging myself physically, like completing a Tough Mudder, or seeing if I can run from Ames to Des Moines and not die.

  • I enjoy all types of design, from logos to page layouts to motion graphics. I believe in simplicity, and that the possibilities are endless when it comes to designing.

  • Pretty sure Diet Mt. Dew has been infused into my bloodstream

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