Friends of Ben Briones Photography

TBT 2010

Yesterday my friend Karen and I matted a few of the images I will be displaying/selling at the McAllen Art Walk March 5th. Karen is an expert matter, well not really but she’s dam good. So I asked her if she could help me matte my images. We began working at 9 a.m. and finished around 1:30 p.m. Karen did most of the work because I didn’t really know how, so I watched and learned as she matted the images with keen detail. She’s a perfectionist! I framed the images I wanted framed, so I did do some work ha. Well anyways here are a few photos from this event.

Ashley Garcia Rodriguez – UT Grad – Austin, Texas

Grad sessions can be creative, fun, and formal all at the same time! When I shot Ashley’s grad photos at The University of Texas at Austin, I knew there would be a ton of great locations or backdrops to make good photos but how to use those spaces creatively was up to me.

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I always recommend my grad clients to bring their regalia and 1 to 2 outfits to get them in different looks. Ashley decided on her cap and gown with one nice dress. So outfits are part of the creative part of the shoot. Lighting is the second way you can make the photo shoot more creative and as you can see in these 6 photos I used lighting pretty differently giving each image a different feel. I used both ambient and studio lighting. Ashley Nelcy Garcia Rodriguez_2012 Grad_PRINT_BBP (12 of 23)_WEBAshley Nelcy Garcia Rodriguez_2012 Grad_PRINT_BBP (13 of 23)_WEB
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Posing your client in fun and creative poses can make for fun photos. I sometimes ask my clients to spin or jump creating movement a sense of movement in your shots. You can also tilt your camera in odd positions for cool perspectives. What creates the most fun photo for a client is when you allow them to be themselves. Most people have their own silly way of being unique and when you can capture that you’ll have great pics. Ashley Nelcy Garcia Rodriguez_2012 Grad_PRINT_BBP (3 of 23)_WEBAshley Nelcy Garcia Rodriguez_2012 Grad_PRINT_BBP (17 of 23)_WEBFORMAL
Grad photos can be a little serious too. These are big milestones for many people and sometimes these moments call for formal portraits. In grad photos that means full regalia or formal outfit. In these photos we shot formal pictures in both outfits. Ashley Nelcy Garcia Rodriguez_2012 Grad_PRINT_BBP (1 of 23)_WEBAshley Nelcy Garcia Rodriguez_2012 Grad_PRINT_BBP (21 of 23)_WEB

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Tawny Hammett – Portraits – Austin, Texas

#TBT 2010

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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Looking for Light – Austin, Texas

When I lived in Austin, Texas while attending the University of Texas at Austin I would take walks and search for light. I loved exposing to the available light really capturing true contrast in real life. None of these photos are edited, they are JPEGs straight from my classic Canon 5D. I recently found these photos while backing up file online and I thought it would nice to share them! Enjoy!  IMG_3606IMG_3608IMG_3621IMG_3635IMG_3643IMG_3646

Nature Photography – Austin, Texas

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. _MG_9887

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!

Michelle Suggs – Austin, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Photographed this beautiful model in Austin, Texas at this gem of a spot also known as  Waller Creek. While studying photography in at The University of Texas at Austin, I would actively seek to build my portfolio and this photo shoot was definitely one of my best while I lived there. Michelle was such a great sport willing to go down into a creek in heels and pose on dangerous rock beds feet from water. Check out my favorite shots from this photoshoot. 02.27.10_High Res_Michelle Suggs Session_BBP-7085_WEB02.27.10_High Res_Michelle Suggs Session_BBP-7110_WEB02.27.10_High Res_Michelle Suggs Session_BBP-7106_WEB02.27.10_High Res_Michelle Suggs Session_BBP-7129_WEB02.27.10_High Res_Michelle Suggs Session_BBP-7151_WEB02.27.10_High Res_Michelle Suggs Session_BBP-7171_WEB02.27.10_High Res_Michelle Suggs Session_BBS-7177_WEB02.27.10_High Res_Michelle Suggs Session_BBP-7200_WEB02.27.10_High Res_Michelle Suggs Session_BBP-7187_WEB02.27.10_High Res_Michelle Suggs Session_BBP-7193_WEB

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Chinese New Year – Austin, Texas – Ben Briones Photography

I recently found some of my old 35mm film work and it looks like I photographed a Chinese New Year event in Austin, Texas. Here are my favorite shots from this event. Event 1Event 001Event 002Event 003Event 004Event 006Event 007Event 008Event 009Event 010

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Maggie McCloud – UT Grad – Austin, Texas

#THROWBACKTHURSDAY 2010

While going through some old hard drives I found these beautiful graduation photos I did of my friend back when I was attending the University of Texas at Austin. They came out so great and I really don’t know why I haven’t showed them off! These are my favorite shots from this graduation portrait session in Austin, Texas.

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If you are graduating soon and would like to celebrate your achievement with a portrait session please fill out the contact form below for pricing.

 

Roslyn & Jose Engagement – Austin, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

A few weekends back while in Austin, Texas my clients and I setup an engagement photo shoot on a day that was suppose be be pouring rain but honestly all that was pouring that day was these bomb a– photos!

I really love how this little engagement-family photo session turned out. A good looking couple with their good looking son in a good looking city only results in some good look portraits! We chose to take the photos at Lady Bird Lake Park because a few months back I had taken Roslyn’s maternity photos there, so it was a special location. These are some of my favorite shots from this session. Enjoy! 2018-10-23_00012018-10-23_00022018-10-23_00032018-10-23_00042018-10-23_00052018-10-23_00062018-10-23_00072018-10-23_0008

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Cristella & Louis – E-Session – Austin, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

One of the most beautiful laid back couples you will ever meet! My assistant, Jessica Musick, and I enjoyed photographing these two in Austin, Texas. We decided on two locations. One would be at a local park named Mayfield–Gutsch Estate, which is known for having free-roaming peacocks. The second location was at their home, where the couple said they spend the most time together. Although we are not showing some of those photos because they are more private to the couple it was a special setting.

These shots below are some of our favorite photos from our adventure with them  at Mayfield-Gutsch Estate that day. Enjoy!

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Jennifer Grace + Dallas – San Antonio, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

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. jennifer-grace_high-res_bbs-2716_fbjennifer-grace_high-res_bbs-2726_fbjennifer-grace_high-res_bbs-2768_fbjennifer-grace_high-res_bbs-2818_fbjennifer-grace_high-res_bbs-2821_fbjennifer-grace_high-res_bbs-2838_fb

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Brittany Michelle – San Antonio, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

I had the pleasure of photographing Ms. Brittany in San Antonio, Texas at the beginning of October and the results are beautiful. Brittany is a mother to her beautiful daughter Maddy, she’s also a Herbalife Wellness Coach and aspiring model. Brittany has a very unique style and photographs so well. One day I came across one her Instagram posts and I commented if she was willing to take photos with me. Well, she agreed and we have these beautiful images to share with you.

Special thanks to her wonderful mother who assisted me and helped me throughout the photo shoot! Enjoy.

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Deedee & Manny E-session – Austin, Tx – Ben Briones Studios

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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Contact Review

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!

 

Cassandra Martinez – UT Grad – Austin, Texas

The University of Texas at Austin Campus is beautiful and has such great locations to take senior / graduation portraits. The textures and scenery makes for amazing backdrops. When I photographed Cassandra we walked around whole 40 acres as much to find all the sweet spots. We made sure to get some of the iconic UT-Austin spots as well. Here are my favorite shots from this UT-Austin Grad Photo Session. CassandraMartinez_PRINT_BBP (1 of 25)_WEBCassandraMartinez_PRINT_BBP (4 of 25)_WEBCassandraMartinez_PRINT_BBP (6 of 25)_WEBCassandraMartinez_PRINT_BBP (10 of 25)_WEBCassandraMartinez_PRINT_BBP (15 of 25)_WEB

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