In 2009 local Edinburg, Texas photographer Lori Alaniz created a photo essay on my passion for photography for a class assignment. Lori was a student at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas where she studied photography. Six years later the story still continues.
To place you were I was in these images here is a small story. In 2009 I had recently moved to Austin, Texas to attend The University of Texas at Austin. Before being accepted to UT-Austin, I attended The University of Texas Pan American (UTPA) in Edinburg, Texas. My passion for photography was molded at UTPA by the opportunities at The Pan American Newspaper and many local and regional publications like The Monitor, The Mid-Valley Town Crier, Texas Observer and Laredo Morning Times, where I freelanced.
Moving to Austin I had to start fresh; rebuild my self as a photographer in a big city setting and highly ranked university. I got accepted into the photojournalism program at UT-Austin and that took my passion for photography to the next level. The challenge there was that everyone in the program was just as ambitious and passionate. My dream of becoming a professional photographer was becoming a reality.
Today I am a professional photographer for my personal brand Ben Briones Photography, recently rebranded to Ben Briones Studios and I am also the PR-Marketing photographer for the South Texas College brand.
Photo Credit: Lori Alaniz