Sara Yanez – Waco, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Last photo shoot of 2018 with my number one model, my Sara Pie! Sara and I have been vacationing in Waco, Texas for a few days but it has been cold and rainy but today the weather was nice so we took advantage and had a photo shoot with our Nikon D600 and 50mm 1.8 lens. We shot all natural light at this beautiful historic bridge in Waco, Texas. These are some of my favorite shots. Enjoy and happy new year!

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My First Photo Shots – Yvonne Longoria – 2008

This is one of my very first “professional” photo shoots from way back in the day. The file metadata said it was created in 2008. These shots are recent edits but they are not far from the original JPEG files. I shot this with my first camera the Canon Rebel XTi. I think back then I aspired to be some type of fashion photographer. Yvonne was the cousin of my best friend Eddie who setup the photo shoot for us at Yvonne’s mom’s backyard. Wow, memories! If you wish to see the unedited JPEGs PLEASE let me know and I will add them to this blog for comparison. Look how are you have come young Ben Briones. 07.27.08_High Res_Yvonne Longoria_BBP-925907.27.08_High Res_Yvonne Longoria_BBP-926807.27.08_High Res_Yvonne Longoria_BBP-927307.27.08_High Res_Yvonne Longoria_BBP-928207.27.08_High Res_Yvonne Longoria_BBP-929807.27.08_High Res_Yvonne Longoria_BBP-9333

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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Jessica Styles MUA – Brand Portraits – Hidalgo Texas

Lately, I have been seeing a lot of Jessica’s name and her work from local photographers and models. Jessica Styles is a professional makeup artists and powerhouse in local women’s business circles. I saw her brand rising and contacted her to  see if she would be willing to build her brand with photography of her self. Usually clients want to know who they are working with and having photos of yourself on your marketing products is important. Jessica and I scheduled a photo shoot at The Old Hidalgo Pump House and these are some of my favorite photos from the session.

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Ernesto & Kim + 1 – Archer Park – McAllen, Texas

A few weeks back we photographed a special session. This couple was not only celebrating their graduation from nursing school but also the fact that they were expecting a child.

We took their portraits at Archer Park in Downtown Mcallen, Texas. They wanted to make the announcement the following weekend with their family. Here are some of my favorite shots from this session.05.09.18_PRINT_Ernesto Kim Grad-Baby -7523_WEB05.09.18_PRINT_Ernesto Kim Grad-Baby -7543_WEB05.09.18_PRINT_Ernesto Kim Grad-Baby -7536_WEB05.09.18_PRINT_Ernesto Kim Grad-Baby -7531_WEB05.09.18_PRINT_Ernesto Kim Grad-Baby -7584_WEB05.09.18_PRINT_Ernesto Kim Grad-Baby -7610_WEB05.09.18_PRINT_Ernesto Kim Grad-Baby -7845_WEB

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Diego Bazan – Head Shots – Ben Briones Studios

This Cinco De May we took new head shots / portraits of a very talented kid, Mr. Diego Bazan! He is a mariachi singer, model and soon-to-be actor. Here are some of our favorite shots.

Check out the website we built for him: https://www.diego-bazan.com/

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Grindstone Coworking – Head Shots – Edinburg, Texas

Grindstone Coworking is a membership based office in Edinburg,Texas designed for mobile workers, freelancers, and start ups. With memberships starting at $49/month, they offer members workspaces, phone booths, private offices, conference rooms, training rooms, a copy center, mailboxes and many other amenities for today’s modern worker. I was privileged to photograph the team because I too had an office at this great space. 01.04.18_PRINT_Triggers Grind Stone Head Shot - 2018-9298_pp_WEB01.04.18_PRINT_Triggers Grind Stone Head Shot - 2018-9437_pp_WEB01.04.18_PRINT_Triggers Grind Stone Head Shot - 2018-9351_pp_WEB01.04.18_PRINT_Triggers Grind Stone Head Shot - 2018-9362_pp_WEB01.04.18_PRINT_Triggers Grind Stone Head Shot - 2018-9429_pp_WEB01.04.18_PRINT_Triggers Grind Stone Head Shot - 2018-9379_pp_WEB01.04.18_PRINT_Triggers Grind Stone Head Shot - 2018-9391_pp_WEB01.04.18_PRINT_Triggers Grind Stone Head Shot - 2018-9471_pp_WEB01.04.18_PRINT_Triggers Grind Stone Head Shot - 2018-9492_pp_WEB

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Dr. Sofia Villarreal – South Padre Island – Ben Briones Studios

Dr. Sofia Villarreal is writing her very first book and wanted some beautiful beach photos for her book cover. Here are some of our favorite photos from this South Padre Island Photo Shoot!

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Client Review

McAllen Auto Sales – Head Shots – Edinburg, Texas.

Recently we photographed the team over at McAllen Auto Sales! Super mega special thanks to Tiffany for busing everyone over to the studio for these great professional head shots! If you are in search for an affordable certified pre-owned vehicle, McAllen Auto Sales is the place you want to visit!

McAllen Auto Sales, LLC is a pre-owned, late model dealer that provides customers with a complete automotive experience at competitive prices.” McAllen Auto Sales is located on 4215 S. 23rd. St., McAllen, TX 78503.

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