Date A Photographer – Ben Briones Studios

Sara has been my lighting stand in ever since I starting doing more studio photography and I love the looks and photos we produce of her. This one was from a light sit in from a photo shoot we did with a local Christian Rapper Efrain Salinas. Then there was this one taken in between a photo shoot. When our client Sara Montoya went…

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

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…

Dynamic Duo – Lourdes Paz & Sara Yanez – Ben Briones Studios

This summer Sara and Lourdes have been a tremendous help at the photo studio. Lourdes is a seasoned photographer who has managed a studio before and has a lot of experience being a professional photographer. Sara, on the other hand, is not a seasoned photographer but truly believes in me and my business and has invested her time into learning how it works and…

2 Days After Dad’s Heart Attack – Keirsten & Bobby Lopez Wedding – Ben Briones Studios

#TBT Two days before I filmed this wedding I sat in the waiting room of a hospital with my family at the left of crying and praying for my dad to come out okay from his operation. It was Christmas morning 2014 and my dad had a heart attack and my mom had secretly rushed him to Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance. In the mist…

Mistakes of a Photographer – Ben Briones Studios

As a business owner without any formal education you tend to learn things the hard way. In my career as a professional photographer I have made many mistakes. This blog post is to share my experiences and how I was able to overcome those mistakes. There are four important things as a business owner you must stay on top of to succeed, your finances,…

Inspire Others Through Your Career! – Ben Briones Studios 

I was photographing a career day a while back at the South Texas College Mid-Valley Campus in Weslaco, Texas, when some students came up to me to ask if their was a booth to find out more on how to become a professional photographer. HOW AWESOME IS THAT?  Although everyone and their mother can become a photographer now-a-days, it’s still a great money making…

Entrepreneur Rant 

I always see a lot of people post about their “grind” or their “hustle” but their behavior doesn’t reflect that…they are just bullshitting. For those who know me, know my work ethic, and for those who don’t–maybe in their eyes I’m just a bullshitter too. I know how hard I work and my day-to-day reflects it. There are very few people I know who…

Austin Texas Photographer – Mount Bonnell – Ben Briones

#TBT Years ago when I was attending the The University of Texas at Austin I conducted a had a photoshoot on top of Mount Bonnell for my client and she turned the camera on me and took these fun portraits. I would always wear that leather hat that I bought at the City Wide Garage Sale hosted inside the Palmer Event Convention Center and those old…

Border Wall – RGV – Ben Briones Studios

In 2008 I was contracted by The Texas Observer to photograph some portraits of 2 people being affected by the then new border wall. The two people you see below were challenging the government because they lived on a property in Brownsville, Texas and Granjeno, Texas where the government had plans to build the border wall literally in their back yards. The two won the fight…

Graduation Celebration | Lora Lee Martinez | My Best Friend

Sometimes I miss my best friend but I know she’s enjoying her new life over in Virgina with her awesome boyfriend Tony aka TheLaoTieGuy! I was going through my blog drafts a few nights ago and I came across this draft and decided to write about this experience. Lora graduated that day with her masters and she had planned to double up the celebration…

2017 Resolution – Ben Briones Studios

Working harder than ever in 2017. I’m ready to take on any challenges that arise. I have been in business for over 7 years now and there’s nothing I haven’t experienced. Running a business has been one of the most challenging tasks I have ever had to face.   I’ve seen brides shed tears over their beautiful moments we captured and I’ve seen brides…

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! Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines help as the following: to give assistance or support to. Allow me…

Ruben Lowing – Valley LED Solutions – Ben Briones Studios

Late Night Business Portrait On Monday night our church called a general assembly and that day a fellow church brother, Ruben Lowing, needed a ride to and from church. Mr. Ruben is a character. He has so many interesting stories. This man has was a United States Navy Seal, a Navy Boxer, a realtor in California, a finance advisor, and know the owner of a…

Tric is the World’s First Professional Flash Trigger for iPhones

Tric is the World’s First Professional Flash Trigger for iPhones. This blog is for all the iphonetography enthusiast. Have you ever seen the perfect shot that to your eye is beautifully lit and framed but when you when you finally take out your iPhone to capture the image you cannot document what your eyes sees? This happens to me all the time. We probably…

Portrait of a Photographer – by Lori Alaniz

In 2009 local Edinburg, Texas photographer Lori Alaniz created a photo essay on my passion for photography for a class assignment. Lori was a student at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas where she studied photography. Six years later the story still continues. To place you were I was in these images here is a small story. In 2009 I had recently moved to Austin, Texas to…