Sara Yanez B-Day Session – Wallflower RGV – McAllen, Texas

On January 15, 2019, one day before her birthday, I surprised my beautiful girlfriend with a photo shoot at the Wallflower RGV located off Trenton in McAllen, Texas. I had been following the Wallflower RGV for a long time now on Instagram and would chat with the owner here and there. I am super happy I was able to rent this place for Sara’s photo shoot because the photos came out absolutely beautiful.

We rented the spot for one hour and I took plenty of shots but the ones you see here are my favorite shots. The Wallflower RGV has a lot to work with, they have over 10 looks or backdrops you can create great photos with. I highly encourage you to check this place out before it’s gone, as I believe it’s a pop-up studio and won’t be around forever. 01.15.19_high res_sara yanez bday shoot_bbs-9626_web01.15.19_high res_sara yanez bday shoot_bbs-9664_web01.15.19_high res_sara yanez bday shoot_bbs-9763_web01.15.19_high res_sara yanez bday shoot_bbs-9792_web01.15.19_high res_sara yanez bday shoot_bbs-9832_web01.15.19_high res_sara yanez bday shoot_bbs-9897_web01.15.19_high res_sara yanez bday shoot_bbs-9938_web01.15.19_high res_sara yanez bday shoot_bbs-9950_web

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Xiomara B-Day Session – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

We recently did a photo shoot with a local photographer for her 27th birthday. Things didn’t quite as planned but we made it work. She had a 27 gold balloons and sadly when we were posing her for the first couple of shots the #2 flew away. Heart broken about the loss of her balloon, she was a trooper and we continued the photo shoot. She chose this abandoned building in Edinburg, Texas, which worked out great for her style. Another challenge was that we lost the ambient light super super fast but I went prepared with proper lighting and fast glass. We used an LED and eVOVL 200 diffused by a translucent umbrella and these are the shots we got.

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If you are looking to have some unique portraits taken to celebrate your birthday please fill out the form below.

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Dandy Heat – Yerberia Cultura – McAllen, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

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In the summer I took some photos of my friends band performing at Yerberia Cultura in McAllen, Texas. Osmar and Joseph, the guitarist and bassist, are coworkers of mine at South Texas College. They didn’t hire me to photograph this show but I thought it would be nice to get them some great live shots for their brand. I had photographed an album cover for them a while back and thought photographing their show would add some more value to them because they are a very talented band. Here are my favorite shots from this show.

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Lorraine’s Baby Shower – The Forum – McAllen, Texas

It’s a Girl!  We had the honor of photographing Lorraine and Ralph Guzman’s wedding a few years back, and recently they hired us to photograph Baby Guzman’s Baby Shower. The event took place at The Forum in McAllen, Texas.  Everyone is excited to meet this little one!  Congratulations, Guzman Family on your Bundle of Joy!

Below are some of our favorite photographs from this special event.

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If you have are having a baby shower and would like photography services to capture the special moments please fill out contact form below.

 

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Sarah Echavarria – Big 30 – Ben Briones Studios

Happy Birthday Little Sarah!!! Thank you for choosing our studio to be a part of your celebration! Remember 30 is just a number and you keep running like it’s a marathon and not a sprint. Here are my favorite shots from our photo shoot.

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Gabie & Manuel Engagement – Casa Polonia – Weslaco, Texas

Excited to share Gabie and Manuel’s engagements that we took at the popular photo shoot venue in Weslaco, Texas, Casa Polonia!  We did a set of outdoor and indoor photos for them.  This couple was so much fun to work with.  They trusted me with some of my crazy angles and ideas and I’m glad they did because I really love how their photos came out.

Although I love all of them, I have a few favorite because of the meaning behind them.  The first one is the one with the blue color gel light; I love that one because it adds a mood to something often shot and I also love it because they trusted me to get out of my comfort zone to be creative.  The second photo I’m super proud of is the McDonald’s ice cream cone engagement shot because they said their first date many years ago was at that same park with two delicious ice cream cones.

Photo Credit: Emi Peña, Ben Briones

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Make-A-Wish for Austin – Pharr, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

A while back I was asked by our local Make-A-Wish if I could volunteer my services for a quince event and still to date I still gladly volunteer my services for any special events they have for the special people they get to grand a wish to. Here is one of the latest event I covered for Make-A-Wish RGV.

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Amaya Hernandez – Cotillion 2019 – McAllen, Texas

I loved working on these photos because I saw Amaya grow up. When I was younger I use to volunteer and work at the Edinburg Boys & Girls Club, where Amaya’s mother is was the chief officer. She was always around along with her two sisters Destiny and Nadia, who I have had the pleasure of photographing as well for different events of their lives. Sabrina, Amaya’s mother, has trusted me with some most special milestones of her family’s lives and I am forever grateful!

As mentioned earlier I only edited the images but didn’t shoot them. A great photographer by the name of Audrey Barrera photographed these portraits for me because Sara and I had another event to shoot that same day. Here are my favorite shots Audrey took for our client.

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Eat, Live, and Breath Photography

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EAT

For those who have been a career photographer for three years or more can probably relate. When on a gig or assignment you literally eat on your drive to the next gig, while editing photos at a coffee shop or in your office and sometimes your clients feed you too. If you are like me, I charge all my meals to my business account because for the most part I am always eating while working and for that I am thankful. Through photography I have been able to feed myself, my family and loved ones because I have followed my passion through and through, as if it was my next meal.

LIVE

Photography has been my passion since 2007 and we have just entered into 2019 and I am still going strong. I am more than sure I have done something photography related on the daily since 2007. When I graduated high school I went straight to the University of Texas Pan-American where I quickly got involved with the college newspaper and magazine as a photographer. When I transferred to the University of Texas at Austin it was to be admitted into their photojournalism program. When I was absent at parties and school events it was because I was either working on my photography business or shooting something for the college yearbook. Today I work at South Texas College from 8am to 5pm as their PR & Marketing Photographer and when I leave at 5pm I go straight to my home office to work on my photography business from 5pm – 2am in the morning. I live photography daily because it is my passion. It’s all I know and it’s all I love to do.

BREATH

When you become a business owner, especially a photography business owner, sometimes it’s hard to catch your breath because you are constantly working and bettering yourself. It’s important to sit back and take a breath of fresh air….SIKE! It’s actually really hard. To those photographers who find time to travel and put down the camera and remove yourself from the editing computer, kudos to you, I envy you. To those who are workaholics like me and have a camera within arms reach, hell yeah, let’s get this cheddar. (Sara, “But you’re lactose in tolerant.) Fuck it, I will still get the cheddar. If you love photography, breath it daily. If you find yourself gasping for air because you’re not working, start working and work hard.

Ayotzinapa U.S. College Tour Press Conference at South Texas College – McAllen, Texas

Felipe de la Cruz Sandoval, father of missing or slain Mexican student visits South Texas College to talk about their initiative to find their children. Very interesting but hard to photograph. Here are some shots from this event. platica-caravana-43_10-17-16-0039platica-caravana-43_10-17-16-0052platica-caravana-43_10-17-16-0079platica-caravana-43_10-17-16-0131platica-caravana-43_10-17-16-0142platica-caravana-43_10-17-16-0159platica-caravana-43_10-17-16-0172

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