The Photographer Series – Iliasis Muniz – Ben Briones Studios

Iliasis Muniz is a super talented up and coming photographer out of the South Padre Island area. She has been creating lively art for her clients for over 3-years now and has big ambitions to expand way beyond the Rio Grande Valley. She’s bubbly, giggly and a lot of fun! Definitely important qualities to have in the photography industry. For anyone who is familiar with photography personality, Jasmine Starr, Ms. Iliasis Muniz tends to remind me of her a lot, but of course, Iliasis has her own flair and unique qualities that allow her to stand out.

I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Iliasis for the first time this past Tuesday. What I really enjoyed was that she turned out to be exactly how you would imagine her being just by her personality on social. And to top it off she was so nice and brought me an unexpected gift. We met at Moonbeans in McAllen, Texas and talked about photography, business and life. Then we produced this pretty cool video interview laying out a little bit of her story. I think till this date this is one of my favorite episodes of The Photographer Series! Check it out, enjoy it, and let us know what you think!

You can view Iliasis Muniz’s work at the following links

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The Photographers Series – Mikey Sanchez – Ben Briones Studios

Mikey was one of those photographers I secretly followed because his work  is very unique. One day I decided I wanted to meet the guy so I invited him to participate in The Photographers Series and I am so glad I did because his interview was so refreshing. This kid has ambition and the drive it takes to build a photography brand. He reminded me of 2007-2008 Ben Briones; always on the go letting nothing stand on my way. Based on his Facebook pages he has a good following and that’s wonderful for a young brand. Mikey said something very powerful that I also believe in one-hundred percent. “There is no one else out there like you and that’s what makes you special; not only as an artist but as a photographer. So once you find what makes you special as a photographer it’s up to you to zone in on it and own it…” Lets lend our eyes and ears to this ambitious artist. I present to you Mikey Sanchez, owner and photographer of Infinite Productions and Infinite Magazine.

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The Photographers Series – Ellen Ibarra – Ben Briones Studios

I first met Ellen Ibarra toward the end of last year. We both belonged to a Facebook group called RGV Photographers. I saw a post she made in which she’s looking for a videographer to help her create an intro video for her website. I responded and told her I had a close friend who could help her. She came by the office to talk to my friend Mike and me about her project idea and we have been in touch ever since. Photography gave us something to relate to but strangely, videography brought us closer.

Ellen is such a sweet and tender person. Today you will see that throughout her video interview. Originally a thirty-minute conversation about her journey as a photographer filled with emotional recollections of events; her story had to be edited to a seven-minute video which shares her struggles and passion for her photography.

Ellen Ibarra specializes in new-born photography and this is her story.



If you are a photographer and would like to participate in The Photographers Series please fill out the contact form below. 


The Photographers Series – Andres Rodriguez – Ben Briones Studios

Andres Rodriguez is one of the coolest cats you’ll meet in the Rio Grande Valley. Mr. Rodriguez is a very talented photographer specializing in sports photography and dreamy portraiture. My favorites pieces of art that he has created are his fitness model portraits. Behind every photographer there is a story ,and today you will get some insight to Andres’s journey as a photographer. While interviewing him ,I could feel all the emotions each question evoked. Andres is a great example of a photographer fighting the end and odds to follow his true passion. I admire this photographer being able to find understanding that becoming a professional photographer is a slow process but not impossible.


I present to you Andres Rodriguez, owner of and 


If you are a photographer and would like to tell your story, please fill out the contact form below. 

The Photographers Series – Dani Tiscareño – Ben Briones Studios

Today’s feature is Ms. Dani Tiscareño, owner of Vision Works Photo Company, and self-portraitist extraordinaire. Dani specializes in creative and fantasy portraiture and owns a 2000 sq. ft. studio in the  heart of downtown McAllen. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Tiscareño back in 2008 when we were both hired by the same client to document a Hindu Wedding. Dani has recently been exploring creative self-portraits where she plays each character she photographs; an example can be seen in the video.

In this video Dani will be sharing a little bit about her background in photography, how she began her career, some struggles she faced, her preferred equipment and some business insight and tips. I present to you Dani Tiscareño. Enjoy!



If you enjoyed this video interview and would like to tell your story please fill out the contact form below.


The Photographers Series – Imanol Miranda – Ben Briones Studios

Yesterday, I began my video series tentatively titled The Photographers, which will focus on telling the stories of local photographers in the Rio Grande Valley. My goal for this project is to tell your story (photographers reading this). The photo industry in the Rio Grande Valley is growing rapidly.  As photographers, we should see each other as a community and not competition. Don’t get me wrong, if you run a photography business you are competing but we cannot forget our to share about our passion for the craft as well. Many of you are inspirations to others in the industry and even to strangers who follow your Facebook page. I want extent an invitation to any photographer who would be willing to tell their story, if that’s you, please fill out the contact form under the video.

Thank You!


I had the privilege of interviewing Imanol Miranda a local McAllen photographer working on a series titled Mexican American Photo Project. Today I debut that video. Enjoy!