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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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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Aaron & Chloe E-Session | Casa Polonia – Weslaco, Texas

Casa Polonia in Weslaco, Texas has become one of our favorite locations to photograph our couples lately. It’s super versatile yet challenging. The location has so much to offer and you can capture beautiful shots from every angle. The owner Mike is also such a swell guy. He has always accommodated us when we are in a bind. Thank you Mike, You are truly a friend!

When my clients and I were looking for places to shoot in Weslaco we had overlooked Casa Polonia. The couple had a few other places in mind but every session we scheduled at those locations never happened due to some circumstance like weather or scheduling conflicts. Then finally we found Casa Polonia and we booked it. The client and after they saw the photos of the location they fell in love with the place and we booked it.

The day of the shoot was a little challenging but nothing I couldn’t handle. I took on this shoot alone without an assistant and I am glad I did because I really got to bond with the couple. When we arrived to the location there was day light but quickly left us. All I had for lighting was my simple one strobe light with a silver reflecting umbrella. I call this my lazy-man-light-setup. Well I took on the shoot at night and thanks to creative decision making [aka slow shutter shinnigans] and patient clients I was able to create these beautiful images.

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Ashley & Joey Engagement -The Inn at Chachalaca Bend – Ben Briones Studios

I had never laughed so much during an engagement as the one I had with Ashley and Joey. It was surprising, because when I first met the couple they were very quite and calm, only later to find out how much fun they truly are. The photo shoot was a family effort. Major shoutout to Ms. Britny Rocha, the brides sister, who was my impromptu assistant thought out the shoot along with her mother Mrs. Elba Rocha.

THE LOOK

Ashely looked amazing.  The color she chose from both her outfits just popped and gave this glow. You can’t go wrong with shades of purple. Let’s not forget to thank her hair stylist because her hair was Props to her stylist. And Joey, so GQ, he was rocking a fitted suite and later a casual outfit with a cool bow tie. We did have one issue though, his hands. According to him he never knows how to place them for pictures. Joey told us that he wished he didn’t have hands but we kind reassured them they were needed and that we would help workout the issue.

THE PLACE

The Inn at Chachalaca Bend in Los Fresnos, Texas has become one of my favorites locations to photograph couples. It’s so diverse and beautiful at every angle. I am glad these two Aggies chose to take their engagement photos at this location. The couples first outfits worked so well with the interior of the cabin. They just looked so classy and chic. When then took a few more shots outdoors in their formal wear, which again brought forth their great style. The couple then changed into a more relaxed outfit that really fit the mood of the of the exterior of the Chachalaca Bend.

THE RESULTS 

The beautiful images you are about to was result of a team effort. Once again thank you Ashley and Joey for your trust and special thanks to Britny and Mrs. Elba for your help through the shoot. Enjoy this sneak from one of my favorite photos shoots of 2016. 10-30-16_ashleyjoeye-session_highres_bbs-0341_fb10-30-16_ashleyjoeye-session_highres_bbs-0459_fb10-30-16_ashleyjoeye-session_highres_bbs-0477_fb10-30-16_ashleyjoeye-session_highres_bbs-0579_fb10-30-16_ashleyjoeye-session_highres_bbs-0649_fb10-30-16_ashleyjoeye-session_highres_bbs-0711_fb

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Humberto & Michelle E-Session -Port Isabel, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

This couple is beyond ready for union! All through the photo shoot with these two lovely souls you could just see how much love and unity they have.They fell into their poses very naturally. Humberto was so loving and protective of Michelle and Michelle so connected and caring in return.

We photographed this couple at two awesome locations; The Chachalaca Bend in Los Fresnos, Texas and at the Lighthouse at Port Isabel, Texas. The couple sported great two great outfits.

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Giovanni & Monica – Ben Briones Studios – Mission, Texas

#FLASHBACKFRIDAY 

This lovely couple is #goals! Gio and Monica make such a great team together! Each have their passions but both are unified with each other in love! I took these images a while back at the famous Memory Lane Photo Spot in Mission, Texas.

We first started the shoot with the couple in their formal wear. The couple wore strong bold colors that reflected their bold love and passions. Then after a while it got real! Gio changed into his Jiu-Jitsu Gi and and Monica changed into a cute dress and her roller skates. Gio teaches at Modern Jiu-jitsu in McAllen, Texas and Monica is part of a roller derby team called the RGV Bandidas.

I really enjoyed this photo shoot with this couple. There was never a dull moment! See for yourself! Enjoy!

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