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…

Adventure In Las Vegas, Nevada – Cynthia & Baltazar – Ben Briones Studios

The saying goes, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”. That’s true to a certain extent until you take two professional photographers to document the trip! My clients Cynthia and Baltazar proposed the idea of taking Adriana and I to Las Vegas, Nevada to celebrate a combined bachelor and bachelorette party with their closest friends and bridal party. This was an opportunity of a…

Sara Yanez – GoFundMe – Ben Briones Studios

  Sara Yanez and I became friends about two-years ago because she knew a client of mine. I had taken some portraits of a good friend of mine named Roxy Rivera, Sara and her were both classmates at the University of Texas Pan-American so somehow my work of Roxy came across Sara’s view and we connected. Today Sara and I have continued to stay…

Apologize To Your Client Now!

“I’m sorry” in the business world goes a long way, especially when we fail to meet our clients expectations. As business owners we have so many things going on that sometimes we fall short and our clients suffer. Today I’d like to give you 5 tips on why apologizing to your client is a good business practice you should implement in your photography business….

Photographers Become Part of Your Community!

In 2007 I became a volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club of Edinburg. My goal was to complete a 900-hour volunteer program for a hefty scholarship but my relationship with the club lasted beyond the time required. I am proud of being a Boys & Girls Club Alumni and I fully support their programs for our community. Last week I had the privilege…

Do Friendships Make Better Pictures?

Building healthy relationships is a key to success in photography. I met Susana back in 2010 while studying at The University of Texas at Austin. My roommate, Miguel Cobos, introduced me to her after an event they attended.  As a photographer I noticed her natural beauty right away. She had it all; freckles, colored eyes. height, dimples and a million dollar smile but what…

60% Businessman, 20% Technician, 20% Artist

Deciding to take your photo-career to the next level and start a business is a milestone in your photography journey. I believe when you have reached this state in your career you are on the right path; especially because a decision like this comes from real demand for your unique services. WARNING! Your life is about to change. The balance between the businessman-technician-artist in…

When Do You Know If You Have Made It As A Photographer?

Yesterday my friend Imanol Miranda reminded me of a question I posted in photography group we belong to called RGV Photoshoot Connect: When do you know if you have made it as a photographer? Before I give my opinion on that question let’s Throw Back Thursday to the time we use to do photography for fun. Picture that first photo shoot you ever booked….

How to have it all: when college and your photography career collide.

When I got my final letter recognizing my graduation status as complete, I celebrated with an over-the-top-wear all your UT apparel-hook’em horns selfie, but I wasn’t always this excited to be a University of Texas at Austin Longhorn. There were days where I wanted to give up, pack my bags, and move back to my mom’s.  And that is because I was accepted into UT’s…

My Breakup Letter To Pictage.com

  Dear Pictage, It is time to end our two-year relationship. There was a time when I really needed you but things have changed. When we first started our relationship I was super excited about you and all your qualities. What attracted me wasn’t only how innovative you were but also the free album building services, your very low credit card transaction rate of…

A Wonderful Wedding Wish

On May 15, 2013, I had the privilege to sit at a table full of the valley’s best vendors in the wedding industry. The meeting was held at The Wedding Gal in McAllen. Everyone was mingling and eating some delightful finger food provided by Terry, A Wonderful Wedding Wish coordinator. As I looked around, I saw the small chapel where Terry has performed intimate…

Breaking Into The Wedding Photography Industry

Hi, I am Ben Briones, nice to meet you!