On Saturday July 29, 2017 I photographed two Games of Texas tournaments in Edinburg, Texas and McAllen, Texas as a freelance photographer for The Monitor Newspaper. I shot Basketball at the Edinburg Sports and Wellness Center and Volleyball at the Boys and Girls Club of McAllen.
Back in college I shot collegiate basketball at The University of Texas Pan American and at my alma mater The University of Texas at Austin but this junior league was intense. There were girls teams and boys team and they all played with heart!
Then later in the day I shot girls volleyball and that was interesting because it was the first time shooting indoor volleyball. After a while I got the hang of it and now I feel confident the next time I’m court side at a volleyball game.
These are my favorite shots from the Games of Texas 2017.
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It takes dedication, heart, and the passion to care to become a nurse. On Sunday July 30, 2017 sixty-five students walked across the stage at the McAllen Convention Center as a student and walked off as a professional certified nurse.
South Texas College offers a Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program that prepare students with the basic competencies to become safe practitioners in the healthcare field. Upon successful completion of the Associate of Applied Science major in Associate Degree Nursing, the graduate will be able to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a registered nurse and can work in hospitals, day-surgery centers, rehabilitation centers, physicians’ offices, home health care agencies, among other areas.
If you are interested in becoming a certified nurse contact: 1-800-742-7822
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The importance of giving back is something that is always on my mind. Ava Sandlin, the executive director of Make-A-Wish Rio Grande Valley, reached out to me a about their event on Apr 29, 2017 and we gladly volunteered. This year theme was Evening of Wishes 2017. That night we celebrated a beautiful princess who’s spirit was so bright and hopeful which had the pleasure to photograph. The whole experience was humbling and makes you count your blessing.
The effects of helping out the community are endless. We develop connections with others and learn that you don’t have to be wealthy, a little gesture of kindness such donations time is greatly appreciated. If you wish to volunteer to the Make-A-Wish Rio Grande Valley please visit the page below.
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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A while back my good friend Luis Trevino, owner of Create the Bridge, a local and national marketing agency, asked me to aid him with a project. He was working on a campaign for a local Rio Grande Valley business that “pimps out” Mercedes Benz Sprinters. The customization on these vehicles are beautiful. From detailing to window tinting and all the way to installing the latest Xbox system in van. A truly work of art for those who can afford such a nice luxury.
My favorite part of this unique photo shoot with this beautiful Mercedes Benz Sprinter was to get it in action. We took it out to Granjeno, Texas on a very disclosed road where the driver could take the Sprinter back and forth. My objective was to get the Sprinter zooming past the camera or heading toward my perspective. To say the least it was very fun. Enjoy!
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There is nothing better than seeing your friends succeed and better yet to see those who have also been your clients. On November 18, 2016 my clients Guilherme Farias Da Costa and Isabel Da Costa hosted their grand opening for their new gym Amazonas MMA Gym in Edinburg, Texas.
Amazonas MMA Gym offers training in MMA, BJJ, or Muay Thai. They have classes for both children and adults. Their class times vary so you may want to call them to find out more about the class times and details on the courses. They attend to both male and female and you do not have to be interested in fighting professionally to train with them. The workouts alone are intense enough.
The main coach Guilherme Farias Da Costa is a professional fighter from Brasil. He has over 10 professional armature wins under his belt. He holds high credentials in MMA, BBJ, and Muay Thai and is an excellent personal trainer. I urge everyone who’s looking for a great gym to join Amazonas MMA Gym located at 4618 US 281 Edinburg, Texas.
Photo Credit: Jessica Musick, Ben Briones
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The Style Union had their official launch party to celebrate their new Pop Up Store located in Francisca’s Showroom in McAllen, Texas. Alexa Carancca, friend and co-founder, hosted my photo booth at their event. I had such a great time seeing people roll in and interact with the owners and walk out with bags full of goodies.
I have known Alexa for quite some time now. She’s a creative, a photographer, a sports car enthusiast, and big time fashionista. That day I also met the other half to the union, Ms. Patty, who also is a creative, businesswoman and videographer. This team are truly shakers and movers of the RGV Fashion Scene.
The Style Union was created in February 2016 by both Alexa and Patty post college graduation. The duo wanted to create a store that they would personally love to shop at as it was always a challenge to find stores that appealed to their personal styles. I would describe the products at The Style Union casual chic dipped in modern young professional.
That evening I was just going to run the photo booth but I volunteered myself to be the unofficial photographer for the launch party since Alexa is a dear friend and I support local entrepreneurs. Wishing Ms. Alexa and Patty much success with The Style Union! Here are the results of the successful event. Enjoy!
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Back in July I was contracted to take some images of the new upgraded suites at Victoria Palms Inn & Suites in Donna, Texas. You know, the one with all the big palm trees off the highway you always see on your way to the Mercedes Outlet Mall.
I’ve done some hotel photography before for a client who owns and manages the Best Western Plus Inn & Suites in Edinburg, Texas of Canton Rd but it had been a while. I prepared for this job by researching and watching videos. Most of the photographers online who do hotel and resort photography had a simple setup and mostly used HDR to produce the images the client wanted. So I followed suit and took my simple setup and produced some straight-forward shots of the newly upgraded rooms at Victoria Palms.
The best part about this job was getting to hangout with one of my most dearest friends Amanda Grace Monroy , who also happens to be the coordinator for special events or something fancy like that for the resort. We rode around in a golf club catching up on life. There’s nothing better than taking photos with good friends.
In the past three years I have attended some events at Victoria Palms and its a beautiful location. Here are my renditions of the beautiful Inn.
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