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!

Vanessa Leyva – Austin, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

This is one of my favorite photos shoots I did while living in Austin, Texas! Vanessa was a friend and classmate of mind and hired me to take some personal fun portraits and these photos are the results of that fun photo shoot! Enjoy! vanessaleyva_print_bbp-6_webvanessaleyva_print_bbp-36_webvanessaleyva_print_bbp-52_webvanessaleyva_print_bbp-59_webvanessaleyva_print_bbp-76_webvanessaleyva_print_bbp-79_webvanessaleyva_print_bbp-93_webvanessaleyva_print_bbp-100_webvanessaleyva_print_bbp-101_webvanessaleyva_print_bbp-121_webvanessaleyva_print_bbp-136_web

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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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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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Roslyn Banda Maternity – Austin, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

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! 03.16.18_PRINT_Rosyln Garza Maternity_BBS-8740_WEB03.16.18_PRINT_Rosyln Garza Maternity_BBS-8749_WEB03.16.18_PRINT_Rosyln Garza Maternity_BBS-8766_WEB03.16.18_PRINT_Rosyln Garza Maternity_BBS-8796_WEB03.16.18_PRINT_Rosyln Garza Maternity_BBS-8814_WEB03.16.18_PRINT_Rosyln Garza Maternity_BBS-8882_WEB

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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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Susana Sanchez Grad Session – The University of Texas at Austin – Ben Briones Studios

#FLASHBACKFRIDAY

Beautiful. Bold. Intelligent. Studious. Adventurous. Strong. These are all nouns to describe Ms. Susan Sanchez, a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. I met Susy while attending UT through a mutual friend. She and I became friends and kept in touch and when it was time to celebrate the achievement of completing not only one but two undergrad degrees she contacted me to document this special moment.

It’s been a a few years since this photo shoot and Susy is now saving lives and keeping the people of Austin, Texas safe. I wish you the best friend. I am very proud of you! \m/

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Family Photo Shoot – Austin, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

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In 2010 a friend of mine asked me to photograph their family. These beautiful photos were shot at the Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin, Texas. This family took me in as their own and I considered them my family away from home. The gentlemen you see in the shot actually help build the “Outhouse Photo Booth“.  I grew close to this family and I owe them a lot. I wish them lots of success and love!

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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!

 

Photography, Love, and Jesus; How I Market in 2014.

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What did it take to get Ms. Mariela in front of my camera to produce this beautiful image, taking into consideration, we never met before this session.

Here is my big marketing secret… I asked! 

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 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
 Luke 11:9

Now do I believe this photo session was  miracle, no, but I had complete faith in The Lord that if I asked I would receive. Faith is powerful and practical and ya’ll know I love me some Jesus. One of His commandments to us [John 13:34] is to love to one another as he loved us and that teaching inspires me that in showing love to someone it will be returned. So I took a leap of faith and asked some friends and clients to advertise the services I was offering  while on a two-day trip to Austin and it worked.

Successful Word of Mouth marketing is love returned.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed. Of course your brand has to have a good reputation and credibility but I am sure that’s something you already know. You cannot be shy in  photography. It takes good social skills to build a standing brand. Most of my clients hire me because Word of Mouth and yours can too. Paraphrasing the dynamic dual Zach & Jody,  “Turn your clients into walking, talking billboard for your brand.” As photographers we record some of life’s most valuable moments for our clients and that alone is a privilege. Word of Mouth marketing is trust and love between you.

Show love and it shall be returned.

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