Valeria Trevino – Harlingen High South Grad – Harlingen, Texas

This past weekend we photographed one our church friends. She recently graduated from Harlingen High School South. Valeria was fun to shoot. Sara and I really enjoyed photographing her cap & gown photos around the downtown Harlingen, Texas area. We started off at our favorite local coffee shop Girl of All Trades, then we made our way down the road using different spots and murals. Here are out favorite shots from this photo shoot.

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Black & White 35mm Photography – Austin, Texas

For this first assignment I shoot from two different cameras, a Nikon F-10 and Canon AE-1. The reason for that was to see which I felt more conformable and would produce better images. In each camera I used the same film roll, a Kodak T-Max 400 ISO B&W professional roll. I decided to use the Nikon camera for my “outdoor event” and the Canon for “free range shooting”, that way I wouldn’t mix up shots.

The “outdoor event” I shot was a skateboarding/rollerblading event in Round Rock, Texas. I tried to shoot wide, close, and far. The event took place around 2p.m. so at this time the lighting was perfect for high shutter speeds and low ƒ-stops. This roll produced thirty-three images, where most are standard shots, and two stood out the most.

J325 Event Roll Print 2On the other roll, I shot at different locations and at different times as well. Going through the contact sheet I saw a lot of frames were over exposed. It could have been that the meeting system on the Canon AE-1 was a ƒ-stop off. From this roll I did enjoy three images.

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During Processing and Developing, I learned that it’s not that easy to wrap the film around the reel in pitch black. Which from that may have resulted in ruin strip on my “free range roll”. I think the film touched or did not roll on to it right causing some of the images to get ruined. Although that roll took some damage, I am curious why my other roll did not? Since I used T-Max my development took a bit longer and was more confusing. That event has caused me to try to look for another film type or brand.

When it came time for printing, the worst thing about it was, I was the first one, so I had to set up all the chemicals. This made me a bit nervous because I didn’t want to go wrong with this, because then everyone else’s work could be ruined if I messed something up. But in the end it went well. Before printing, I had asked Ray for some tips, which he gave me, soon after I took on the task myself and was successful after 5hrs.

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Over the assignment went well as a learning process. I shot two rolls successfully, processed them semi successfully, and printed them well. I learned that it takes patience to shoot film but he overall result of processing and printing your own photographs is worth the wait.

Emily Sanchez – UTPA Grad – Edinburg, Texas

Being it is grad season I have been posting quite a few grad sessions I have done throughout my career. Here is a UTPA grad session from 2012 of my friend Emily Sanchez. I really enjoyed this photo shoot because Emily trusted my creativity and the photos really reflect that. Enjoy these great photos of a UTPA Grad! Emily Sanchez Grad Photos 2 -3_WEBEmily Sanchez Grad Photos 2 -11_WEBEmily Sanchez Grad Photos 2 -17_WEBEmily Sanchez Grad Photos 2 -20_WEBEmily Sanchez Grad Photos 2 -23_WEBEmily Sanchez Grad Photos 2 -24_WEBEmily Sanchez Grad Photos 2 -26 copy_WEBIf you are looking into getting graduation photos please fill out the form below.

 

Ashley Garcia Rodriguez – UT Grad – Austin, Texas

Grad sessions can be creative, fun, and formal all at the same time! When I shot Ashley’s grad photos at The University of Texas at Austin, I knew there would be a ton of great locations or backdrops to make good photos but how to use those spaces creatively was up to me.

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I always recommend my grad clients to bring their regalia and 1 to 2 outfits to get them in different looks. Ashley decided on her cap and gown with one nice dress. So outfits are part of the creative part of the shoot. Lighting is the second way you can make the photo shoot more creative and as you can see in these 6 photos I used lighting pretty differently giving each image a different feel. I used both ambient and studio lighting. Ashley Nelcy Garcia Rodriguez_2012 Grad_PRINT_BBP (12 of 23)_WEBAshley Nelcy Garcia Rodriguez_2012 Grad_PRINT_BBP (13 of 23)_WEB
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Posing your client in fun and creative poses can make for fun photos. I sometimes ask my clients to spin or jump creating movement a sense of movement in your shots. You can also tilt your camera in odd positions for cool perspectives. What creates the most fun photo for a client is when you allow them to be themselves. Most people have their own silly way of being unique and when you can capture that you’ll have great pics. Ashley Nelcy Garcia Rodriguez_2012 Grad_PRINT_BBP (3 of 23)_WEBAshley Nelcy Garcia Rodriguez_2012 Grad_PRINT_BBP (17 of 23)_WEBFORMAL
Grad photos can be a little serious too. These are big milestones for many people and sometimes these moments call for formal portraits. In grad photos that means full regalia or formal outfit. In these photos we shot formal pictures in both outfits. Ashley Nelcy Garcia Rodriguez_2012 Grad_PRINT_BBP (1 of 23)_WEBAshley Nelcy Garcia Rodriguez_2012 Grad_PRINT_BBP (21 of 23)_WEB

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Mommy + Me Session – Mother’s Day Portraits – McAllen, Texas

Loved this little session with my friend Sara and her beautiful daughter. Loved what they wore to the shoot, went really well with the colors of our backgrounds,  These are my favorite moment from these mother day portraits. Enjoy!

 

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Mommy + Me – Mother’s Day Portraits – McAllen, Texas

Last year I setup a 3-day Mommy + Me Mother’s Day Portraits at my home studio and we got to photograph a lot of beautiful mothers with their kids. This specific one was of my good friend Edna and her boy. I really love the energy in these photos. She really has a beautify dynamic with her son and they’re always so fashionable. Edna is a great example of an amazing hardworking mother because not only does she take that duty to heart she too is getting a 2nd masters at UTRGV in Physician Assistant Studies. She has a strong faith and is really a great person overall. Happy Mother’s Day Edna.

Hope everyone had a beautiful mother’s day during this COVID-19 craziness. Hopefully next year we can do another set of sessions like these! Enjoy!

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Laura Jasso – Dance Portraits – Edinburg, Texas

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Lately I have been featuring a ton of my older work. As a photographer, if you are persistent, your photography skills will grow as well. I love going back and looking at my stuff shot back in the day when my love for photography was blossoming into what it has become of it now and comparing it to my newest work. You will see the difference in technique and style. Some of it has to do with you now having better equipment but some can just be artistic direction. Here is a quick fun shoot I did with my friend Laura at UTPA back in 2008. Below you will see my “contact sheet” to see how many photos I took to get “the shots”. I believe I shot this with my Canon 5D (the original). Enjoy!

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CONTACT SHEET 

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Gina Beltran – UTPA Grad – Edinburg, Texas

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I wanted to show off these fun UTPA Grad Session photo shoot I did a while back. Ms. Gina had contracted me for her senior photos and I wanted to shoot them on the UTPA now UTRGV campus using natural light. If you know me, I usually carry around some mad lighting gear, but this time around we just rolled with a reflector. We also shot during golden hour which made the lighting even more beautiful. Check out the awesome photos we produced for Gina’s grad session. 12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2304_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2309_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2313_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2321_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2332_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2351_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2380_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2388_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2389_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2400_WEB

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Mariela Rubio – UT Grad – Austin, Texas

While at The University of Texas at Austin I had the pleasure of photographing a few friends and it became more special when they hired me to photograph their graduation photos. I photographed Mariela a few days before graduation so she could send photos to her mother and family members because they were not going to be able to make it to the ceremony due to some complications. Pictures are important when freezing special moments in your life. I encourage everyone who is graduating to take some grad photos. Here are my favorite from this photo session. MarielaRubio_HighRes_BenBrionesStudios-10_WEBMarielaRubio_HighRes_BenBrionesStudios-26_WEBMarielaRubio_HighRes_BenBrionesStudios-27_WEBMarielaRubio_HighRes_BenBrionesStudios-16_WEBMarielaRubio_HighRes_BenBrionesStudios-29_WEBMarielaRubio_HighRes_BenBrionesStudios-32_WEBMarielaRubio_HighRes_BenBrionesStudios-40_WEB

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Yanin Sanchez – UT Grad – Austin, Texas

Yanin was a good friend of mine during my run at The University of Texas at Austin. We were both from the Rio Grande Valley so when we met each other in Austin we had a lot in common. She was an amazing student. Get this…she finished her undergrad at UT-Austin in 3 years. That is amazing. Yanin hired me for these beautiful grad photos we took of her around the 40-acres. Here are some of my favorite shots from this photo session with Yanin. 04.24.10_High Res_Yanin Sanchez Grad Session_BBP-1_WEB04.24.10_High Res_Yanin Sanchez Grad Session_BBP-2_WEB04.24.10_High Res_Yanin Sanchez Grad Session_BBP-13_WEB04.24.10_High Res_Yanin Sanchez Grad Session_BBP-32_WEB04.24.10_High Res_Yanin Sanchez Grad Session_BBP-44_WEB04.24.10_High Res_Yanin Sanchez Grad Session_BBP-48_WEB04.24.10_High Res_Yanin Sanchez Grad Session_BBP-50_WEB04.24.10_High Res_Yanin Sanchez Grad Session_BBP-82_WEB

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Vanessa Garza – Nikki Rowe Grad – McAllen, Texas

#TBT – Nikki Rowe High School grad Ms. Vanessa Garza is today’s photo blog feature. This is a throwback but still a good set of grad photos because just look at how awesome she came out in them. We shot these at the City of McAllen Veteran’s War Memorial of Texas. I believe Ms. Garza is now an attorney and that is pretty amazing, best wishes to her for sure! Here are some of my favorite shots from this throwback graduation session! 05.02.10_High Res_Vanessa Garza Grad Photos_BBP-5091_WEB05.02.10_High Res_Vanessa Garza Grad Photos_BBP-5102_WEB05.02.10_High Res_Vanessa Garza Grad Photos_BBP-5119_WEB05.02.10_High Res_Vanessa Garza Grad Photos_BBP-5125_WEB05.02.10_High Res_Vanessa Garza Grad Photos_BBP-5128_WEB05.02.10_High Res_Vanessa Garza Grad Photos_BBP-5079_WEB05.02.10_High Res_Vanessa Garza Grad Photos_BBP-5078_WEB05.02.10_High Res_Vanessa Garza Grad Photos_BBP-5050_WEB

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Mikaila Hernandez – UT Grad – Austin, Texas

Being a graduate of such an amazing school like The University of Texas at Austin is an unexplainable feeling. You feel part of something bigger than yourself. Posting these photos reminds me of my time at school and sometimes I really miss it. It was such a great experience and what better to remember your time in college than through photos.  Check out some of my favorite shots from this UT-Grad session. Mikaila Hernandez_2012_BBP (19 of 35)_WEBMikaila Hernandez_2012_BBP (29 of 35)_WEBMikaila Hernandez_2012_BBP (11 of 35)_WEBMikaila Hernandez_2012_BBP (10 of 35)_WEBMikaila Hernandez_2012_BBP (34 of 35)_WEB

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Darkroom Adventures – Austin, Texas

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Back in my college days at The University of Texas at Austin I spent most of my days in the darkroom with my classmates. For those who have shot 35mm film and had to go through the whole process of processing film; you can also vouch that it’s frustrating as hell but extremely rewarding.

UT-Austin classmates Thomas Allison and Callie Hernandez

UT-Austin classmates Thomas Allison and Callie Hernandez

I took these photos during our finals. Everyone was frustrated and annoyed of having to spend our whole day developing and printing our film photos. I wanted to capture the ambience of the day since it was going to be the last days of class. Seen in the photo was my UT-Austin classmates Thomas Allison and Callie Hernandez. Both classmates have gone out to do great thing with their lives. Thomas is a great independent photographer for various companies and Callie is now a Hollywood star. UT-austin was filled with such talented people.

Honestly I enjoyed being stuck in there. I never felt more of a photographer until I shoot 35mm film, developed it and printed it. So for me being in the darkroom was kind of like a escape from the rest of academic responsibilities. I hated the smell of the chemicals but loved what they did. It was definitely an experience I will never forget.

UT-Austin Student waiting for film to dry.

UT-Austin Student waiting for film to dry.

Sometimes I miss UT-Austin, most times I don’t and just live the great memories I had looking over photos from that era of my life. This was a random blog but I just wanted to share some random shit about my experience at UT-Austin and include some cool visuals.