Allman Wedding – South Padre Island – Ben Briones Studios

This past weekend we photographed a beautiful couple at South Padre Island, Texas. Andrew and Abigail chose to have their ceremony by the sea sounded by their close family and friends. The bride looked stunning in her dress and Mr. Andrew and his groomsmen stood out in their maroon fishing shirts perfect for the occasion.

After the ceremony we photographed the couple and their bridal party with the ocean as their backdrop. Abigal and Andrew had special request to be photographed with their two dogs, which we happily photographed this newly formed family of four! Later in the evening the couple had their reception at Schlitterbahn Resort on South Padre Island. Here are some of our favorites shots from their wedding. Enjoy!

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If you are getting married at South Padre Island and would like a quote on our beach wedding packages please fill out the contact form below.

 

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Victoria Villarreal Quinceañera – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Never have I experienced such a unique Quniceañera celebration such as Victoria’s! The party started in the party bus. The turned up the music and had a blast on their way to the McAllen Convention where we took group photos of them. The group also stopped by Ben & Jerry’s for some ice-cream and it was well deserved because it was such a hot day!

Then the best was yet to come. The ceremony and reception both took places at one of the most popular event venues in the Rio Grande Valley, the MarBel Event Center in Edinburg of Alberta Street! Victoria’s them was Enchanted Forest and that’s exactly what you got when you walked into the event center. They transformed this venue to look like something out of a Disney story.

Victoria had a beautiful inanimate ceremony inside Marbel Event Center with her parents and closest family members at her side. She was blessed and then the festivities began! Typically a Quince dances with her dad to a very beautiful sweet song but this time around Victoria and Mr. Villareal danced their hearts out to an awesome mix and then invited Mom in when the DJ played the Macarena. [A little insider: Victoria’s mom’s name is Macarena]. Then Victoria put on two beautiful performances with her court for her guest. As the party continued people danced the night away and then the party got lit as soon as the DJ let the balloons lose and the band got down with the guest!

These are some of our favorite shots from this event.
Enjoy! Photo Credit: Lourdes Paz, Ben Briones, Sara Yanez

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Date A Photographer – Ben Briones Studios

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Sara has been my lighting stand in ever since I starting doing more studio photography and I love the looks and photos we produce of her. This one was from a light sit in from a photo shoot we did with a local Christian Rapper Efrain Salinas.

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Then there was this one taken in between a photo shoot. When our client Sara Montoya went to go change we took a few shots to readjust the lighting and this was the result.

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This last one was from a Sunday when Sara came to the studio after church to help me and demanded to be photographed because she loved what she was wearing.

Honestly I just wanted to show these off because Sara looks gorgeous in the photos!

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Nerva Charles Jr – Musician Portrait – Edinburg, Texas

There’s days when you just meet such a wonderful soul and things just click. Last week I met Nerva Charles Jr, a Christian Rapper, who’s music is fire and is about to do big things! Nerva booked us for an hour photo shoot but turned out to be a three hours long fun filled photo shoot and jam session.

These are my favorites shots from his photo shoot. He chose three awesome outfits the really popped and matched his personality. One of my favorites parts from the shoot was when he showed us some of his latest music and he went off allowing us to capture him in his form of worship. Look out for his music because he’s an extremely talented musician.

You can follow and link Nerva’s music here on his social media accounts!
https://nervacharlesjr.com
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If you’re a musician and need professional portraits please fill the contact form below.

 

 

Sara Montoya-Hernández – Head Shots – Edinburg, Texas

Today we had an amazing head shot photo session at my studio with the intelligent and beautiful Sara Montoya-Hernndez. Sara is in charge of the marketing department for the McAllen Public Library and was recently asked if she could be a panelist at a Social Media Summit in November being hosted by the Mission EDC.

I was also Sara’s wedding photographer a year ago when she married at the beautiful bistro named The Loretta at Mission. It’s always a great feeling having past clients come back to you for new work. It’s about the trust. Here are my favorite shots from the shoot!

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Law Office of Ignacio Mendoza Jr. – Head Shots – Ben Briones Studios

Yesterday I had an interesting soul enter my studio. Mr. Ignancio Mendoza Jr., a defense lawyer, out of McAllen, Texas. Mendoza is not your regular lawyer, he’s young, good looking and well educated but with that homeboy type feel.

Mendoza and I met through my friend Britny Rocha, who’s also a local lawyer and has done head shots at my photo studio. At studio during our photo session I got to know him a little better and the dude is pretty awesome if you need a lawyer give him a call. Mendoza has a new office at 10125 N. 10th St. Ste. A McAllen, Texas 78504 and can be reached at 956-287-4008.

These are some of my favorite shot from our head shot photo session. Enjoy! Ignacio Mendoza Head Shots_HighRes_BBS-0006_pp_WEBIgnacio Mendoza Head Shots_HighRes_BBS-6330_pp_WEBIgnacio Mendoza Head Shots_HighRes_BBS-6341_pp_WEBIgnacio Mendoza Head Shots_HighRes_BBS-6344_pp_WEBIgnacio Mendoza Head Shots_HighRes_BBS-6347_pp_WEBIgnacio Mendoza Head Shots_HighRes_BBS-6348_pp_WEBIgnacio Mendoza Head Shots_HighRes_BBS-6353_pp_WEB

If you are a partner or associate in a law firm and need professional head shots for you and your team please fill the contact form below.

 

Elizabeth Solís Maternity – San Antonio, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Love the way these photos turned out! Special thanks to Elizabeth for trusting me to capture this milestone in her life and another special thanks to my cousin Manny who helped me with the lighting to capture all these great photos!

Elizabeth has hired us to shoot her engagements, which we also shot at the Missions in San Antonio, Texas and her wedding which took place in Mission, Texas. I love that she’s always open to my creative ideas and that always reflects the photos we produce for her.

My client chose San Antonio Botanical Garden because wanted a mix of greens and desert like scenes for her maternity photos. I think it was the perfect location because it offered both and we had a lot to work with. It took us about 2-hours to walk through most of the gardens and grab some nice photos. The ones you see below are some of my favorite shots from this photo session. Elizabeth Maternity_HighRes_BBS-1981_WEBElizabeth Maternity_HighRes_BBS-2020_WEBElizabeth Maternity_HighRes_BBS-2028_WEBElizabeth Maternity_HighRes_BBS-2037_WEBElizabeth Maternity_HighRes_BBS-2044_WEBElizabeth Maternity_HighRes_BBS-2093_WEBElizabeth Maternity_HighRes_BBS-2126_WEBElizabeth Maternity_HighRes_BBS-2167_WEB

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Sharyland Pioneer High School Graduate – Alex Garcia – Ben Briones Studios

Graduation photos are important because they capture a major milestone in your life and provides mark in the timeline of your success. I will always doubt that I didn’t get to take graduation photos. Until this day my Mom sometimes asks for them.

Make your parents happy, make yourself happy and book yourself a graduation portrait session with us

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Victoria Villarreal – Quinta Mazatlan – McAllen, Texas

This was one of the most fun quince portrait photo shoots we did this summer! Victoria was lovely her family was lovely and all that reflects in these photographs. My team and I were amazed by the detail of Victoria’s gown. Her makeup was flawless as well and she just did super well during the photo shoot.

We cooperatively chose the Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center in McAllen, Texas because it offers beautiful indoor and outdoor settings that really lends itself photography. For this specific shoot we started indoors but quickly made our way outside because it was, in my opinion, the best place these photographs because nature and beauty always mix well. Here are our favorite shots from this session.

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Santa Ana’s Last Stand? – Republished Photo from 2008 – Alamo, Texas

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Back in 2008 I was contracted by The Texas Observer to photograph Mr. Ken Meritt, who managed the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refugee in Alamo, Texas. Merritt was trying to save to protect the refugee from plans of a border-wall and as of recent the national park faces that same thread again.

I am sharing this blog for two reasons. One, to show that in 2008 I was just as passionate about photography and story telling as I am today in 2017. Secondly, to bring awareness to this issue through the power of photography. Here stands a man doing right and fighting for a cause and still ended up losing his job. This portrait of Mr. Ken Meritt will forever represent the fight he put up to protect something very important to our community.

Stay informed because these are issues happening right in our backyard. If you are a photograph try to capture it as much as you can. Story tell!

If you are a publication and looking for a freelance photographer in the Rio Grande Valley please contact me for rates.