The Posing Stool – Ben Briones Studios

THE POSING STOOL  If you own a photo studio or have worked in a photo studio you well know that the the posing stool is probably one of your most important tools in your studio. Here are 3 reasons why the posing stool is a must for studio photographers. Reason One Having a posing stool in your studio allows you to diversify your poses. You can…

Pelican Cases = Successful Photographer

My Pelican 1510 loaded and ready for work. I’ve been using Pelican Products since 2011 and the products have been part of my success as a professional photographer. I bought my first Pelican Case on Sunday, May 22, 2011 from B & H Photo and Video. I proudly purchased the Pelican 1654 Waterproof 1650 Case with padding and a lid organizer and it was the best…

The importance of Pre-production for a high profile portrait!

A week ago at work (South Texas College) I was assigned to photograph the college president. The school president’s schedule is always very tight. I got lucky that she was already going to be taking photos with The Monitor Newspaper in the morning so I was able to piggy-back on that. She was scheduled to be interviewed and photographed on a Monday so the…

Dimitra Hernandez – Flashpoint eVOLV 200 Daylight Test – McAllen, Texas

A few months back I tested  the eVOLV 200 in straight 12:00pm daylight with and without a diffuser to see if it can be used during high-noon and these are the results from that product test photo shoot. Special thanks to my coworker and friend Dimitra for modeling for this product test. I have also conducted an indoor studio style test with light that…

Photography Lesson with Edna – McAllen, Texas

Photography Lesson: Composition A while back I met up with my good friend Edna, who is an amazing photographer, to do a photography lesson on composition. To be honest I don’t know why she does lessons with me because her work is amazing already but I’ll take any moment to teach anyone who’s passionate about photography and getting better with a camera. Photograph One…

Location Scouting – Sara Yanez – McAllen Convention Center

Here are some outtakes from a location scouting shoot. We had a photo shoot scheduled at the McAllen Convention Center for a quince that evening and I wanted to test the lighting, backdrops and angles so when our client showed up it would be super smooth. I believe location scouting is an important part of a photographer’s job but sadly a lot of photographer…

Photography Lesson – Student Jennifer Trevino – Model: Paula Ysasi – Ben Briones Studios

Last Friday I gave an off-camera flash lesson to my student Jennifer. She had recently bought a new studio light and wanted to learn how to use it. My friend Paula was kind enough to volunteer to our model and she got a free photo shoot out of it! Some of the things we went over during this lesson was learning how to expose…

Local Talent Spotlight – Graphic Designer | Photographer – Maripili Menchaca 

Local Graphic Designer, Social Media Strategist, Photographer and creative Calligrapher, Maripili Menchaca was my go to person for this special project. When my client asked if I could provide photos from our Quinceañera session to create ninety plus unique party favors on 3-inch round wood pieces for their actual event to give away to their guests, I turned to Maripili. I had seen her…

How To Download Your High-Res Photos from Dropbox – Ben Briones Studios

We have been using Dropbox more and more to share your beautiful images with your much quicker than traditional media like DVDs and USBs. I have noticed some people still need help navigating how to download your files. You do not need a Dropbox account to download your images. I created this short easy-to-follow video clip to share with you the easiest way to…

10 Modern Must Have Engagement Poses

Originally found on Petapixel I thought it would be nice to share this because it’s something my clients and I think about a lot when planning their engagement session.

Top 5 Wedding Planning Advice – by newly wed Ruby Salinas

Top 5 Wedding Planning Advice – by newly wed Ruby Salinas First of all, congratulations on your engagement! Isn’t God just too good? Here are a few tips that will help you as you enter this journey of wedding planning: Pray! Pray! Pray! Prayer is powerful and the Bible mentions in James 5:16 that the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective….

Instagram; how to extend your brand!

As photographers, Instagram should be a must-have app on your mobile device! It really helps tame the urge to shoot because we now have an outlet to photography on the daily! Now for the professional photographers who are looking to use Instagram for both pleasure and business; the thought process of posting images becomes much more strategic. Can I make money from the images…

Ben Briones Studios Equipment List

One of the first things beginners always ask industry professionals is what equipment they are using. I know when I started off it was it was a question I would always ask. Now I am not a gear-head nor do I care to have the latest gadgets in photography. I do not want to break the bank. In my opinion, an artist creates with…

Redundancy Saves You and Your Photos – Ben Briones Studios

One of the scariest things for a photographer is to have one of your hard drives crash! This post will walk you through the steps I take in order to store and secure my personal data and client images for my photography business. 1. Wedding Night: Most people after their wedding night would most likely go get it on, but not me! I mean…

Photography, Love, and Jesus; How I Market in 2014.

  What did it take to get Ms. Mariela in front of my camera to produce this beautiful image, taking into consideration, we never met before this session. Here is my big marketing secret… I asked!   And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.  Luke 11:9 Now do…