While at The University of Texas at Austin I shot the sport of Volleyball for the first time. I really didn’t know what to expect, where I was allowed to stand, or what to shoot exactly.
I had photographed collegiate basketball, track, soccer and baseball. Volleyball was going to a new challenge but I was up for it. Around this time I was shooting with a Canon 5D, 70-200mm 2.8 lens, 50mm lens, and 20-35mm 3.5 lens. I did my best with what I had and I took it as a learning experience. I don’t think the college newspaper or yearbook ever sent me out to another volleyball game after this but that’s okay, I learned.
The game was enjoyable because; One, it was UT athletics and two the crowd of fired up students as amazingly supportive. This shot is one of my best from this first time experience.
In 2010 I had the opportunity to photograph Neil Young for a publication known as The Horn’s, He called me up around 5pm and asked if I was free to shoot something. I said, “Yeah sure, what is it?” Neil Young, he is playing at the performing center at The University of Texas at Austin.
This was one of my first major photography jobs while living in Austin, Texas. Their were restrictions that I was not prepared for but I toggled on my knowledge of my gear and did my best. The stage was way further from where I was allowed to rome and shoot from.
After leaving performing center, I mentally kicked myself. Why? I didn’t take photos of concert goers, excited fans, and the staff at the center.
The lady in the photo below traveled 13-hours to see Neil Young perform, those are the kind of things that make a story pop. I hope next time I am sent on a assignment I will remember to shoot the whole story. For now this is what I could produce from this event.
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This photoshoot took place at the Long Center for Performing Arts in Austin, Texas back in March of 2010. We met through a mutual friend, Laura Caldron, who was also a photography enthusiast and classmate at The University of Texas at Austin.
Tawny and I met before the shoot on campus to plan the shoot outfit. I found out that her and dresses didn’t really mix much, she told me she was all about metal band t-shirts and jeans, which is totally badass because of her relationship to a certain metal guitarist but I challenged her to step out of her comfort zone and see if she can wear a spring style dress.
Although in 2010 I was an okay photographer but I was still learning. I made the mistake to setup the photo shoot 3pm. I remember dealing with a hot ass sun and sketchy cloud coverage and my strobes were no help because of how windy it was. I had to think on my feet and so I decided to go to the next resource, my handy dandy reflector disk. The good thing was I had my best friend Israel assisting me that day and his personality really helped us get this shoot of the ground after our setbacks.
Tawny was a lot of fun to work with. She was very talkative and actually knew how to pose. I might look for my RAW files from this shoot to take another look at them in a editing software. Special thanks to Tawny Hammett, Israel Cavazos, and Laura Caldron for making this happen.
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Traditionally my photography leans toward portraiture and photographing people. I’ve noticed that the majority of photographers start off their photography careers photographing nature and I don’t blame them because photographing people is very intimidating, especially as a beginner.
There was a time when I would photograph butterflies on my college campus in between classes but that was as far as my nature photography would go when I was first starting my photography career.
I find it kind of hard to photograph nature and I have learned it’s because I don’t have any patience and because nature doesn’t respond to you. Recently I have had a want to shoot more nature but I just don’t feel like I have the time to do so. Hopefully that can change soon. In the mean time here are some of older “nature” photography I captured when I was living in Austin, Texas attending the University of Texas at Austin.
Austin has beautiful sceneries in every corner so a lot of my “nature” photography was done when I would need to walk / commute somewhere. The majority was also taken on the UT campus because it’s such a beautiful mix of landscape, nature and architecture.
Hopefully I will be sharing more of my nature photography after this post. I feel excited to go out there and shoot, hopefully I find the patience and make the time. Thanks for reading!
During my spring break I took a trip to Austin with Sara and my sister Erica to visit our beloved sister Veronica, who is attending the University of Texas at Austin. Before going on this trip I told myself I wasn’t going to work or that I would only work one hour a week. Well that didn’t really last. I have a very awesome client in Austin who I messaged to see if she would be willing to take some maternity photos. Well She agreed and these are the beautiful photos we took of her and baby Banda.
We asked her to meet me at the Long Center Performing Arts Center because it has a beautiful view of the city and the surrounding area is beautiful. My client wore a cute baby blue lace dress for her photo shoot, which was perfect for the occasion and location. These are some of my favorite shots we were able to produce. Enjoy!
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Dallas has been the most difficult but cutest model I have ever worked with. She just didn’t care for photos. On the other hand; Ms. Jennifer was as Grace-full as she’s named. She flashed her beautiful smile in all her pictures while holding her furry love. Trust me…these photos may look gracious and dandy but that little fur-ball was really hyperactive but Jennifer tamed her well enough to capture some great shots.
I have photographed subjects with their dogs before but never with a cat. There’s always a first for everything right? Jennifer is from San Antonio, Texas and is a respiratory therapist. She and I became aquatinted via Instagram. One day we talked photography and she mentioned she wanted a photo shoot with her cat Dallas. If y0u know me. I am always down for an adventure. So we planned it and this is the result of that conversation.
This photo shoot made me want a cat even more. I have been eyeing Chartreux for a very long time now. Very happy to have met Dallas and Ms. Jennifer Grace. Enjoy these beautiful shots of a cat-lover.
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There are a handful of times that I get to travel out of town to document a special event. I got to photograph this intimate wedding at Port Arthur, Texas and it’s really thanks to my friend Rocio Granados. It as definitely a work trip for the books.
The drive to Beaumont, Texas was brutal but worth it. I drove for 6 hours and 31 minutes or 430.3 miles to shoot an intimate wedding with over 70 guest, where I only knew one. When I finally arrived, I actually stood outside of my host’s house front door for 30 minutes before they let me in. It was around 3:45am when I finally laid my head to rest and hug a stuffed unicorn to sleep. The next morning I woke up to a little girl staring at me asking her mom why I was on her bed. It was like a scene out of a movie. Regardless of the 4 hours that I slept I was ready for a new work experience, so I got out of bed and got ready.
The clients were friends of Rocio, who at the time was working for my studio, so she was the main point of communication for the newlyweds. I know I was going to be a stranger at this event but honestly I truly felt welcomed by the couple and their guest Rocio took the time to introduce me to everyone. I documented the usual we see at weddings; the ring exchange, the kiss, the bouquet toss, the cake cutting and then the games… Yes, games. Games like musical chairs accompanied by “el pollito” for who loss. That evening I found out I was pretty good a musical chairs because they made me participate and I ended up wining. Yet, I still had to do “el pollito” dance as you will see in the last photo.
Photo Credit: Rocio Granado, Ben Briones
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In life you meet that one person that completes you. You always want to be with that person. They are constantly on your mind. I think I just met that couple. Deedee and Manny, you two are so perfect for each other.
I got in touch with this Austin couple through Deedee’s sister. A while back I had volunteered my photography services for a Make-A-Wish Foundation RGV Event for this beautiful young lady Messalinda Anzaldua, who’s wish was a winter themed quinceañera. Deedee’s sister Erica is a coordinator with the Make-A-Wish Foundation Rio Grande Valley and was helping at the quince. Well, after meeting me and seeing my work, she contacted me letting me know that she had a sister who was engaged and looking for a photographer. [Volunteer, it’s good for you!]
Months later, here we are standing on the top of this rock at the Austin 360 bridge photographing the beautiful Deedee and very handsome Manny Garza on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The couple was so much fun to work with and great to talk to. Sometimes I forgot that they were my clients because we all got so lost in conversation.
It was most definitely a fun Austin engagement session. We met at the Austin 360 Bridge, then traveled to Jo’s Coffee downtown Austin to photograph at the the famous I love you so much wall. Then we finished the session at the Performing Arts in Austin Long Center.
I feel very blessed to have met this awesome couple. They even took me out to dinner afterward and we got to know each other better. I honestly can’t wait for their big day!
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I recommend Ben 110%! Ben is awesome. He was our photographer for our engagement session and wedding (Stephanie Rios assisted and is great, too). Ben is a professional in every way possible. He’s detailed oriented, skilled and takes the time to get to know you. I had several vendors at my wedding and Ben was by far the best, easiest person to work with. Ben can direct you on how to pose, but can also take excellent candid photos. Book him!
Yesterday I photographed this lovely family in Forth Worth, Texas. What caught my attention while editing these photos was how it took me back to images my parents have of me when I was a one-years-old. Watching Jackson as he played and took in all that was happening around him made me happy, it made extremely happy! The way a one-year-old observes the world is phenomenal. Jackson took us through different emotions during the one hour session at the park. He cried, he laughed, he made angry faces at me, and few times he looked confuse, but most importantly he was extremely alert. Jackson’s curiosity is what made this photo session so natural and fun. I kept telling Linda, his mom, that I absolutely loved that we ‘let him be’ because it’s what made the session flow so well. As you can see in the photos, Jackson dominates the energy and his parents follow, and that is very important when photographing a family with a young child. If the child is happy, then mom and dad are happy. Mom and dad will remember these special moments because they let their kid be a kid.
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