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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Guerrero Baptismal – Mission, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Today I got hired by the Guerrero family again to photograph their two other kids getting baptized. It’s always a special feeling when families call you back for special milestones in their lives. A few years back I photographed their eldest son getting baptized and today I documented their 14-year old daughter and 11-month old son. Here are my favorite shots from this Sunday event!

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Mr. & Mrs. Rubio 50th Anniversary – Kalos Event Center – Ben Briones Studios

What a beautiful thing to be married for 50-years! Last weekend I got to photograph this awesome 50th Wedding Anniversary at Kalo’s Event Center in Misison, Texas. Mr. & Mrs. Rubio is the father of one of my amazing client’s, Mrs. Janie Alanis, who’s daughter’s quince and son’s photos I have done for her. This event was very special for her and her family so I was very happy to photograph and film it. Here are my favorite shots! 2018-09-06_00062018-09-06_00072018-09-06_00172018-09-06_00212018-09-06_00222018-09-06_00082018-09-06_00092018-09-06_00232018-09-06_00102018-09-06_00112018-09-06_00242018-09-06_00252018-09-06_00122018-09-06_00012018-09-06_00192018-09-06_00152018-09-06_00022018-09-06_00052018-09-06_00132018-09-06_00202018-09-06_00032018-09-06_00162018-09-06_00042018-09-06_00182018-09-06_0014


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Amanda & Marcos Wedding – The Grove- Edinburg, Texas

A few weekends ago I shot one of the most beautiful outdoor weddings in my career. I was hired by a good friend Mrs. Amanda and her husband Marco’s to be the official photographer at their wedding. The wedding took place at the beautiful outdoor wedding venue known as The Grove Wedding and Event Venue.

The wedding day ambiance was perfect, it was filled with excitement, wedding day nerves, and very emotional moments. There was a special trip we took with the bride and groom to see her father, who couldn’t make it to the wedding because of health issues. The bride got to have her first dance with her daddy and we were able to capture that! This is why we love what we do and why professional wedding photography is super important!

I love the style of the wedding and how perfect the wedding fit. The bride look super mega amazing in her wedding and boots! It’s hard to share how much fun we had documenting this wedding but here are some of our favorite moments from that special day!

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Sean Rodriguez Turns 3 – McAllen, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of photographing this little stud again for his 3-year old birthday coming up. Last year I was hired by my good friend and awesome photographer Stephanie Rios to capture his 2-year old portraits and I love how they came out. It is always awesome working with family faces.

Sean and his parents and I planned to take him out to Archer Park in McAllen, Texas and surrounding areas to take his pics. As you can see he has amazing style thanks to his stylish parents so the area we went to was perfect for his outfits! I really love that his parents dress him for success! My favorite shirt of course was his birthday cake shirt! Here are are some of my favorite shots from Sean’s 3-year old birthday portraits! 2018-09-02_00242018-09-02_00252018-09-02_00262018-09-02_00272018-09-02_00282018-09-02_00292018-09-02_00302018-09-02_0031

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Outdoor Test – Flashpoint eVOLV 200 – Edinburg, Texas

Tuesday night I tested out the Flashpoint eVOLV 200 with some friends at the Edinburg City Hall building downtown Edinburg, Texas. I rented the eVOLV 200 and PIXARPO 26in Collapsable Beauty Dish from a friend. The light was mounted on my Manfrotto Combi Boom Stand that was handled by my awesome friend and fellow photographer Lourdes Paz.

I only have this gear for a day or two so I needed to find some models to help. I sent out like 15 messages to friends and photographers and Audrie, a local videographer and YouTuber was the only one who replied and was willing to do it. Ms. Audrie Barrera and her partner Fern showed up and was ready to go. You can view Audrie’s show on YouTube and can be found at theaudreyshow.

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My goal is to purchase a new smaller compact light that packs some power and the new Flashpoint eVOLV 200 / Godox AD200 are the latest thing to hit the market that fit those specs. I rented one from a local photographer because I really wanted to test it out before purchasing one. I currently shoot most of my studio work and wedding photography with my AlienBee B800 Flash Unit by C. Paul Buff but I am in the marketing for something new.

 

We shot around 8pm-9pm, there was very low light and the sun was pretty much gone, but there was beautiful ambient light so I already had a hunch that it would do well. The light has been out for a while not and it seems that everyone and their mother owns this light, especially all the Sony shooters. Nothing against Sony, I’m actually buying one soon, but they seem to be the super duo.

I have also notice those who usually shoot with eVOLV / AD200 are typically High-Speed Sync Shooters. HSS photos are those shots where the photographer takes the model / client to a beautiful location but shoots so open they blur the background and only the subject is in focus. Not my thing but that technique is useful sometimes. On to the review.

I like the amount of power this little thing packs as well as the minimal power you can set it to. Most of the photos below were shot with the light at 32, 64 or 128. I shot with high ISO’s because that’s my style. I did a little of HSS but mostly kept the shutter at 125. Oh I didn’t mention that I was using my Canon 6D with a Canon 85mm 1.8 and Tamron SP AF 28‑75mm. I don’t shoot with fancy high-end gear, I am still using the same camera I have had since 2012. The creative mind is the most important gear in my bag.

Another feature I love about the eVOLV 200 is that it’s light. Logging around an AlienBee plugged into a Vagabond Mini on a boom stand gets tiring, you got chords galore hanging and getting tangled up, and it’s just not as portable as it once was. The eVOLV only weighs about 1LB where the AlienBee weighs over 3LBs.

Lastly I took liking to the variety of accessories the eVOLV 200 / AD200 have available. I used the PIXARPO 26in Collapsable Beauty Dish ,which was super easy to setup The bracket the light sits in is super simple to use as well. I am looking forward to trying out the light bare bulb and the barn doors in bright daylight. Here are my favorite shots from last nights photo shoot with the eVOLV 200.

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Photography Lessons with Sara Yanez – McAllen Convention Center

Understanding exposure is important when learning photography. A few weekends ago Sara and I went to the McAllen Convention Center so that she could practice photography. So that the lessons could be as accurate as possible we had the same camera setup; Canon 60D with the Canon EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens. We also used a Sekonic L-308s Lightmeter to try to get realistic exposures.

The lesson was to understand how Shutter Speed, f-Stop and ISO work together to take a picture. We went through how each one works and what it’s used for and then we began practicing in different areas around the Convention Center. On the photos below you can see the settings and a small description of what we were trying to achieve.

I have been giving photography lessons for over 4-years now but don’t really advertise it. I like to think that some of photographer’s I have hired and worked with learned from me but who knows haha. Currently I have 3 students this year who I meet with to give lessons to. Each student is a different level in their photography so I always try to provide unique lessons for what they seek to learn or improve on.

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Canon 60D – 1/160 sec at f/7.1, ISO 640 @ 100mm (EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM) – Cropped Shade Portrait

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Canon 60D – 1/250 sec at f/4.5, ISO 100 @ 33mm (EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM) – Layered Low Angle Portrait

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Canon 60D – 1/250 sec at f/4.5, ISO @ 47mm (EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM) – Low Depth of Filed Reflective Head Shot

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Canon 60D – 1/8 sec at f/4, ISO 100 @ 35mm (EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM)- Slow Shutter Portrait

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Canon 60D – 1/1000 sec at f/3.5, ISO 200 at 28mm (EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM) – Foreground Low Depth of Field Portrait

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Canon 60D – 1/1000 sec at f/3.5, ISO 200 @ 35mm (EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM) – Low Depth of Field Layered Portrait

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Canon 60D – 1/1000 sec at f/3.5, ISO 200 @ 28mm (EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM) – Low Depth of Field Foreground Portrait

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Janie Alaniz Family Portraits – Mission, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

As an event photographer you are bound to get a request for family photos at someones Quince or Wedding by an invited guess. Here is a great example of that experience. The issue of “double dipping” could come up but sometimes it’s okay. For this particular photo it was okay and let me tell you why.

Janie (woman in pink) was the reason I was booked for this quince, which was her nieces event. Janie came to me seeking photography and video services for her daughter’s quince (young lady in purple) and offered to bring other Mom’s who’s daughter’s were also going to be having quince’s that year if I were to give them a bulk deal. Well, one of the Mom’s, was the mother of Brianna, the quince in which we took this family photo.

After that complicated link of families this is what the results where. Janie asked if I could take some quick family photos of the family because they were already dressed up so I said yes. Later the mother bought prints from us and everything turned out great. Today, Mrs. Janie, still hires us for different events.

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Esmer Family Portraits – Mission, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Family photos can be nerve reckoning and sometimes stressful when it comes to the outfits you are coordinating for your family, especially if you have a big family. Today I wanted to show off this photo session because they did such a great job. I love the black, red and silver color combo they chose.

Esmer (Mom) put her smallest girls in the same dress because many times the little ones want to match their siblings or for them they do care what you put them in. I do like that she put her oldest girl in a different outfit because you can distinguish that she’s older and plus she matched with her Dad. Esmer wore a beautiful black top with a silver metallic sheer skirt to match her husband’s metallic pants.

What I love about this photo session is every which way you pose the family as a whole or the kids they would match so well. Enjoy!

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Bobby and Priscilla Engagement – Casa Polonia – Weslaco, Texas

A few weeks back I took these beautiful engagement photos of Bobby and Priscilla at the gorgeous Casa Poloina located in Weslaco, Texas. The couple are getting married soon and wanted to take some beautiful couples but also includes their handsome son. I love how bold their outfits choices where.

We chose Casa Polonia because of the beautiful indoor and outdoor settings it has to offer. The couple fit right in because they have such great style. I was also surprised by how helpful the owner was. Once we got there Mike, the owner, helped with their son and carried him while we shot the couple. Later on in the shoot we added their son to the photos and I also love how sweet those came out! The couple got a engagement-family photo session infusion photo shoot. Here are my favorite photos from this session!

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