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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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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McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2 & 3 2006 – Ben Briones Photography

Here is another look at some of my first “professional” work I did back in 2006 for the Miracle Riders Bicycle Team. My friend Israel and I took on this gig as a photo and video team to photograph a two day bicycle ride from McAllen, Texas to San Antonio, Texas.

I was barely getting into photography as a career pathway so you can kind of see that reflect in the quality of the images and edits but you can definitely see I had an eye for it. It was quite a journey because for two days we rode in back of a truck photographing and filming this cycling team make their way to Bexar County. We took two days and camped out in Mathis, Texas, which was a really cool experience. It’s been so long since I shot this event but check out some of my earlier work below. 06.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_934906.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_944206.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_964506.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_970906.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_973806.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_987506.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_988806.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_996906.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006_MG_230606.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006_MG_235506.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_008806.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_019206.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_031006.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_032306.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_0350

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Edinburg’s Night of Lights – Ben Briones

A little throwback from this fun parade and small performance by the one and only Sara Yanez. Sara and her dance studio had a float and she sang as they passed by crowds of people lined up on highway 107 in Edinburg, Texas. If you didn’t have a chance to catch the Edinburg Night of Lights Parade this year make sure to catch it next year!

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Santa Ana’s Last Stand? – Republished Photo from 2008 – Alamo, Texas

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Back in 2008 I was contracted by The Texas Observer to photograph Mr. Ken Meritt, who managed the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refugee in Alamo, Texas. Merritt was trying to save to protect the refugee from plans of a border-wall and as of recent the national park faces that same thread again.

I am sharing this blog for two reasons. One, to show that in 2008 I was just as passionate about photography and story telling as I am today in 2017. Secondly, to bring awareness to this issue through the power of photography. Here stands a man doing right and fighting for a cause and still ended up losing his job. This portrait of Mr. Ken Meritt will forever represent the fight he put up to protect something very important to our community.

Stay informed because these are issues happening right in our backyard. If you are a photograph try to capture it as much as you can. Story tell!

If you are a publication and looking for a freelance photographer in the Rio Grande Valley please contact me for rates.

Make-A-Wish RGV – McAllen, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

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.

http://riograndevalley.wish.org/

 

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Stephanie Rios – Professional Photographer – Ben Briones Studios

There comes a time in your life when you have to ask for help! It is inevitable because as much as we think we could do everything and anything, truly, we can’t. And after we receive help it usually customary to thank that person. Today, I thank you Stephanie Rios!

crm-images_08-18-16_stc-203-copyMerriam-Webster’s dictionary defines help as the following: to give assistance or support to. Allow me to be the first to admit that I constantly need help and thus call one people for assistance. Mrs. Stephanie has become one of those people who has become my go to for support because she’s simply amazing.

Stephanie Rios is a wonderful mother, a gracious wife, a trusty worthy friend, an amazing sister, and ambitious and talented photographer.

I often refer to Steph as my shooting partner because the relationship is beyond a paycheck. I got to witness Stephanie walk down the isle as her wedding videographer. I got to witness Stephanie carry her beautiful son for nine months and document that milestone in her life. And I cannot forget about her husband, whom I have come to love equally, because to be 100% honest, Mr. Carlos Rios is badass. [Excuse my french.]
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Stephanie has helped me on numerous events, photo shoots, photo booths, and everything photography related. She’s extremely talented. She has an eye for detail. She has personality to become a super-star photographer. And I support it all. I support her ambition so much that I will defend her against anyone who tries to discredit her or worst not give her any credit for the skilled photography she provides anyone who hires her.

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This morning my friend Steph posted a  genuine question on a photography forum on Facebook called South Texas Photo & Video Community on how to approach photographer’s she second shoots with for credit on photos they share that she shot. For those familiar with forums you know it can get rowdy, and mainly by the know-it-alls [me included]. Well the question sprouted a healthy debate and insightful  opinionated information. [my two cents included]

The simple solution that I proposed to this type of issue is for the hiring photographer to create and have all second shooters / freelancers sign an agreement. Within this contract  the hiring photographer should include the verbiage and clarify the expectations,  responsibilities, and  intellectual property privileges of the second shooter. Sadly, none to very little photographers do this at all. I don’t blame them though, business knowledge is not that common in the photography industry. Many don’t take the time to see their brand as a business and that later become issues. [please read business books photographers]

A while back Stephanie and I did establish an agreement on how we will handle credit and images she has taken for my brand. And far from it do I ever not credit for her the help she provides me. I go beyond and link my clients to her personal brand; Stephanie Rios Photography because she’s worthy of praise.

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Photographers who are reading this I challenge you to credit your second shooters or assistants after your next photo related job. Give thanks publicly. Post your favorite shot they snapped for your brand. Take a behind the scene of them passionately grabbing capturing a moment. Take even further and share their personal portfolio so that your clients can see that you hire top quality talent.

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If you are looking to hire a photographer for your next event or photo shoot I recommend you a talented photography by the name of Stephanie Rios.


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Stephanie Rios Photographer 
Owner / Photographer
Weddings | Portraits | Children
(956) 313-1741
stephanievalencia7@gmail.com

International Women’s Day – Women In Photography – RGV

International Women’s Day

Women In Photography 

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Laura Soria 
Right now lets give Kudos Ms.Soria. Laura is one of the hardest working female photographers I know and have worked closely with. Thank you for your dedication to my clients, to your clients and your contribution to our local photography community with your beautify images!
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Felicia Sepulveda
I met Felicia one day when she needed to rent photography equipment. I had started this new photography equipment business out of McAllen, Texas and somehow this up and coming photographer from Wesalco found out about my business. She went from becoming a rental client to a shooting partner in my business. Now Felicia manages and shoots for her own company named Shutterbelle Photography. She has assisted me in various photo shoots and events. Felicia just had a beautiful baby girl with her handsome husband Nathaniel Sepulveda. She’s on her way to earning her SUPER MOM but I’m pretty sure she has already. Today we honor you because you are awesome and following your dream!
View Felicia Sepulveda’s work here: https://www.facebook.com/fsphotography3213/
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Stephanie Rios
Mrs. Rios has become such a great photographer. I have enjoyed seeing her grow her skill, her portfolio and business skills. Steph is happily married to Mr. Carlos Rios and together they have a handsome baby boy named Nathan. I always tell Steph that’s super a SUPER MOM because she’s got everything in check and still manages to be an amazing photographer! Today I honor you and thank you!
View Stephanie Rios’ work here: 
 
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Adriana Euresti
Ms. Adriana was a huge part of my business from 2012-2014. Without her I wouldn’t have able to grow or accomplish as much as we did together. Now Adriana manages and runs her own successful photography business Photos by Adriana. I am very proud of the photographer and businesswoman she’s become and I continue to wish her the best in all she does. When we were working together we shot it all from new born babies to Las Vegas bachelor/bachelorette party adventures. What I am trying to say is Adriana is very well equipped with a variety and years of experience in photography. So everyone please hire her! Today we honor you!
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Chick-Fil-A – Pharr, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

One day I was enjoying an awesome lunch at the new Chick-Fil-A in Pharr, Texas. I had my computer out and some hard drives on the table working away on the latest work. A Chick-Fil-A employee came up to my table and asked if I was doing well then asked what I was doing. I told her I was a photographer and working on some photos and videos for my clients. She took interest and kept asking more questions.

Little did I know that the store owner was sitting right behind me and overhead our conversation. He asked me for a business card and said one of these days he may need some photos to help promote the store. We set a meeting to discuss what was needed and agreed on shooting a breakfast, lunch and dinner sessions with the store guest. Talk about divine meetings! Praise God!

The photos you are seeing today are from the breakfast session at the Chick-Fil-A Pharr, Texas.

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Messalinda Anzaldua – Make-A-Wish Rio Grande Valley – La Feria, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Giving back is extremely important for me and my brand. This past weekend I photographed a quinceanera for a special girl. Make-A-Wish Rio Grande Valley put together a fifteenth-birthday-celebration for Messalinda Anzaldua. Mind you, I did not know this young lady and when Ava Sandlin, the executive director of Make-A-Wish Rio Grande Valley, reached out to me a about this event, I automatically said YES.

I am extremely blessed to be able to donate my services to such a awesome foundation. This is what I live for! Special events like these are the sole reason God has given me this ability to share with his people. I have been called to collect memories, capture life and provide a recollection a moment in time that can always be repeated through photography. Messalinda Anzaldua,  I don’t know you but from the photographs we took that night I saw how beautiful your life is and how many people love you.

Special thanks to Felicia Sepulveda of Shutterbelle Photography volunteering her time and helping.

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