Corina and Friends – Prom Photo Session – McAllen, Texas

This Saturday we had a really fun time photographing these beautiful and classy young people before their prom!  If I could sum up the overall experience of this session with four words, they would be: laughter, style, boldness, and friendship.

This group of friends looked amazing and really rocked their personalities into their photo shoot! Not once did they hold back from trying the poses we suggested to them.  They even added their own style to them! From standing poses to impromptu cat-walking to Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love”, this group totally had fun and got creative with us!
Close to the end of the photo shoot, one of the girls sat down to rest for a bit on one of the McAllen Bcycles. We thought that looked pretty cool so we took the opportunity to capture that moment with all of them. Little did we know that Mr. Robert de Leon, Program Manager for the city’s first-ever bike share system McAllen Bcycle, was there at that moment. He really liked the idea and took a picture of us as well!  A very cool way to wrap up the photo shoot!
Thank you, Miranda, Ana, Corina, and Marcos for choosing us, Ben Briones Studios, to capture your Prom photos!  Photo Credit: Lourdes Paz
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Alexandra Eguia – Prom Photo Session – McAllen Texas

This past weekend I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful young lady before her prom! Alexandra looked stunning in her pink prom gown. We took the photos at her home where she felt most comfortable!

Alexandra did amazing. She told Loudres and I that she loved taking photos and that she too was interested in taking up photography. She had an eye for it too because the majority of the poses was suggested by her. I am super excited to share these photos with you all! Enjoy.

Photo Credit: Loudres Paz, Ben Briones

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2017 Law Day Gala – 80’s Prom – McAllen Convention Center

Special thanks to CJ and The Hidalgo County Bar Association for allowing us to capture such a fun and unique event! I love the 80’s Prom theme! The decor was spot on, the food looked amazing and the music was just right!

Every Law Day Gala just keeps getting better and better. I love the ones from the previous year but this one is going down on record as my favorite. Sara and I enjoyed seeing happy faces and people dancing their hearts out to awesome 80’s jams. Hope we can do it again next year!

Photo Credit: Loudres Paz, Sara Yanez, Ben Briones

 

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Surprise Proposal – Lee & Nora – Patio on Guerra

Tonight my shooting partner Stephanie Rios and I took part of this beautiful surprise proposal at Patio on Guerra downtown McAllen. Lee, a friend from high school reached out to me the day before to see if I could capture him on photo and video proposing to this love of his life.

To be honest these type of gigs are my favorite because you don’t know what to expect. We met last night and planned it out a bit and I think it unfolded perfectly as discussed. Everything about this was perfect. The setting, the romantic music by a guitarist, the surprise and the love.

I can’t write exactly how everything fell into place but I know these photos can. Congratulations to you Lee and Nora! Steph and I wish you two everlasting love!
Photo Credit: Steph Rios, Ben Briones

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Karla Ramirez & Saul Martinez – Prom 2017 – McAllen Convention Center

This weekend we photographed Karla and Saul before they headed out to their prom! Karla looked lovely in her beautiful floral prom dress and Saul looked extremely dapper in his blue suit.

The couple took their pre-prom photos at the McAllen Convention Center. Their outfits worked well with the beautiful setting of the location. I also love how Saul’s suite really complimented Karla’s dress. Their prom outfits were very well put together.

Hope the couple had as much fun at prom as we had photographing them!
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Brianna & RJ PROM – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Brianna and RJ looked fresh on the evening of their high school prom. Brianna wore a beautiful black two piece prom dress and Mr RJ looked sharp in his all black tux. I photographed the couple at this beautiful location where I actually once took Brianna’s quince photos.

The photo shoot was quick but fun. We took some great photos outdoors, inside the house, in the backyard poolside and even with RJ’s badass Chevy truck. Overall Brianna and RJ did amazing at the shoot and I hope that had fun at prom and made awesome memories.

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Desiree Chavez – TAMUCC Grad – Corpus Christi Texas

A few weeks back my assistant and I traveled to Corpus Christi to photograph this beautiful soul. Desiree is graduating from Texas A&M University–Corpus Christ and we took these photos to celebrate this huge milestone in her life.  Ms. Chavez is originally from Mission, Texas but decided to go to school by the bay.

I have known Desiree for a few years now and she’s just such an awesome person. She’s full of puns, is a socially conscious, outgoing and very interesting. I think some these first shots really bring out her colorful personality. Oh and she has style as well. We tried to keep the shoot simple yet fun.

We actually started the photo shoot on the campus of the school, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christ. We photographed her in front of the iconic wave that oversees the ocean. Then we walked to an area on campus she loved most and then we finished the photo shoot downtown to a beautiful mural right before it poured on us.

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Sandra and Alex E-Session | Hummingbird Springs | Donna, Texas

On January 10th, 2017 we photographed Sandra and Alex at Donna’s Hummingbird Springs with their two dogs. It was easy to see the amount of love their dogs are showered with by these two but moreover how much love the couple has for each other!

Both Sandra and Alex are in law enforcement and both have their discipline but that day they reminded us that flirting is a key to a happy relationship. They are so sweet and awesome together. We were honored they chose us to photograph their love story. Thank you both for your service, above everything you two are the ones who put your life on the line for us regardless of who we are or what we believe, for that we thank you so much!

The photo shoot took place at now of the newest and hottest wedding venue, Hummingbird Springs located in 605 S Hutto Rd, Donna, TX. The locations is so diverse and beautiful. The location was the perfect location for our clients because they are pet friendly. Any look goes well at this location, rather you are in a suite and tie or relaxed outfit, you are guaranteed to look good.

Here are some of our favorite shots from this photo shoot!
Photo Credit: Jessica Musick

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Mistakes of a Photographer – Ben Briones Studios

As a business owner without any formal education you tend to learn things the hard way. In my career as a professional photographer I have made many mistakes. This blog post is to share my experiences and how I was able to overcome those mistakes.

There are four important things as a business owner you must stay on top of to succeed, your finances, your products and services, the care of customer and yourself.  Those components are what spins the wheels to move your business forward. Unfortunately, if one is off balance it can bring you to a complete halt.

In the commercial photography industry the care for your customer ranks number one and the care taking of their data follows. As photographers we capture and archive precious one in a lifetime moments. We photograph valued objects and subjects. Then after all the photos have been taken we archive them and protect them because the y are images our clients value. You too should value them just as much as your client. You are the caretaker of that data.

This leads me to my first mistake.

LOSING DATA | HARD DRIVE CRASHES | MISPLACEMENT OF ASSETS 

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I waited nervously at a corner table of a busy Starbucks on a Wednesday night. I was missing church but I had to because what I was about to do was extremely important.

I kept looking out the window for my clients to arrive. Finally, I saw their call pull up and park. They walked in together looking a little worried but still greeted me with a smile. By this time my heart was pounding out of my chest. I first presented to them their large canvas prints that they loved. I wanted to bring them joy before I brought them sadness. Then the moment came.

“Mr. & Mrs. XZY I have very bad news.”, I said in a low tone. I turned my MacBook to them I had setup prior to them arriving and I showed them the very small collection of video and photos I had left from their wedding. A few months before the hard drive I had their images stored in crashed leaving no chances of a full recovery. A company named $300 Data Recovery sent me back all he could restore from the disk. Most images and videos were currpot and unusable.

Tears rolled down the newly wed couples eyes. Gloom and disbelief filled that little corner table of Starbucks. I felt dead to be honest. The god of electronic data storage should of taken me with that hard drive too. They asked if nothing else could he done. If we could send the drive to another company. Nearly 70% of their wedding night memories in photo and video were gone!

Then the bride asked the right that nailed my coffin shut… “Why didn’t you back our files up on another drive?” [insert internet troll insults here] She was right. How could I be so stupid?

I thought all hope was lost until my friend Mike Garcia texted me one day asking me if some files off his CF card were mine. I asked him to send me a photo of them and low-and-behold…they were the “lost” files. Mike had allowed me to borrow his camera and memory cards for that specific wedding and I guess since the event he hadn’t shot or formatted his card because many images and video clips that were missing or not recovered were still stored in that CF card. I quick rushed over to his home to get the files and triple back them up because I now had good news for my clients.

The first thing I did while driving to Mike’s was text the bride about the good news! Not all the files were able to be saved but thanks to Mike, we had at least 80% of her wedding files back! Act of God! But though we had found the majority of their wedding files I still took responsibility and refunded the bride and groom completely for the wedding video services. I owned up to my failure with my wallet.

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THE MORAL OF THE STORY

Photographers: Always backup your files immediately after a shoot or event or even during the actual shoot. If you do manage to fall into this predicament always own up to it and do not be afraid to talk to your client. Never avoid them and be as transparent about any issues that will affect their data or files. Try your hardest to fix the issue or create solutions that will balance out the issue at hand. If any issue requires you to refund the client be ready to do so and talk to the client about a re-payment plan.

Clients / Future Clients: Technology is not trustworthy and is always changing. Be aware that there will always be some type of hardware failure when dealing with computers, cameras, and memory storage media. I assure you that it’s very rare and can be avoided by proper storage data archiving practices. Know that I will always do my best to resolve the issue and will pay top dollar to restore, revive or recover any lost or corrupt data or files that belong to you. I understand that as your photographer you are entrusting me with the most beautiful and special moments in your life and I am beyond honored to be a part of. I will do my best to communicate with you in all aspects of our business relationship and outside of our business relationship. I, most importantly, want you to know that you can trust me. 

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Karissa’s Quince Session – Mcallen Convention Center – Mcallen Texas

Today we are joining this beautiful young lady in celebrating her fifteen birthday! Congratulations Karissa! Thank you for trusting us to capture these beautiful portraits of you to document this special milestone in your life. Sara and I had a lot of fun hanging out with you at the McAllen Convention Center and taking these great photos of you.

Photo Credit: Ben Briones

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