Jackie Bush – Robert Vela High School Grad – Ben Briones Studios

You wouldn’t be able to from these photos that just about an hour before there was a crazy storm with flash flood warnings. We had even made the call to Jackie’s mom that we were going to have to reschedule the shoot but I am glad we didn’t! Really love how this photo shoot turned out. Sara took lead while I finished another shoot with our other grad client Caro that kind of overlapped with this shoot but the good thing was I was also shooting at the McAllen Convention Center too. Below you will see some of our favorite shots from this grad portrait session.

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Caro Sanchez – ENHS Grad – Ben Briones Studios

Being a Edinburg North High School graduate myself, it gave me great joy to photograph Ms. Caro’s graduation portraits. We decided to shoot these photos at at the McAllen Convention Center because of how much space it allows us to work with. Caro posed both in her cap and gown along with a beautiful dress but also took her look more causal with her cowgirl boots. Sara and I used a lot of natural light in this shoot and I really love how these photos came out and I hope you do too.

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Alyssa Garcia Grad Session – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

We took at Alyssa’s Graduation Portraits at the Edinburg City Hall and the Edinburg CISD Administration building. This area is one of my favorite spots for grad photos. Alyssa is a Vanguard Academy Beethoven graduate so these Edinburg buildings seemed perfect for her photo shoot. We shot the first 1/2 of her shoot with her cap and gown and the second 1/2 in a more relaxed outfit. I always encourage my clients to bring two outfits to any of my shoots for variety. I really love the way these photos came out. Check out some of my favorite shots from this graduation portrait session. 

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Mommy + Me Session – Mother’s Day Portraits – McAllen, Texas

Loved this little session with my friend Sara and her beautiful daughter. Loved what they wore to the shoot, went really well with the colors of our backgrounds,  These are my favorite moment from these mother day portraits. Enjoy!

 

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Gina Beltran – UTPA Grad – Edinburg, Texas

#TBT

I wanted to show off these fun UTPA Grad Session photo shoot I did a while back. Ms. Gina had contracted me for her senior photos and I wanted to shoot them on the UTPA now UTRGV campus using natural light. If you know me, I usually carry around some mad lighting gear, but this time around we just rolled with a reflector. We also shot during golden hour which made the lighting even more beautiful. Check out the awesome photos we produced for Gina’s grad session. 12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2304_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2309_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2313_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2321_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2332_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2351_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2380_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2388_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2389_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2400_WEB

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Mariela Rubio – UT Grad – Austin, Texas

While at The University of Texas at Austin I had the pleasure of photographing a few friends and it became more special when they hired me to photograph their graduation photos. I photographed Mariela a few days before graduation so she could send photos to her mother and family members because they were not going to be able to make it to the ceremony due to some complications. Pictures are important when freezing special moments in your life. I encourage everyone who is graduating to take some grad photos. Here are my favorite from this photo session. MarielaRubio_HighRes_BenBrionesStudios-10_WEBMarielaRubio_HighRes_BenBrionesStudios-26_WEBMarielaRubio_HighRes_BenBrionesStudios-27_WEBMarielaRubio_HighRes_BenBrionesStudios-16_WEBMarielaRubio_HighRes_BenBrionesStudios-29_WEBMarielaRubio_HighRes_BenBrionesStudios-32_WEBMarielaRubio_HighRes_BenBrionesStudios-40_WEB

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Yanin Sanchez – UT Grad – Austin, Texas

Yanin was a good friend of mine during my run at The University of Texas at Austin. We were both from the Rio Grande Valley so when we met each other in Austin we had a lot in common. She was an amazing student. Get this…she finished her undergrad at UT-Austin in 3 years. That is amazing. Yanin hired me for these beautiful grad photos we took of her around the 40-acres. Here are some of my favorite shots from this photo session with Yanin. 04.24.10_High Res_Yanin Sanchez Grad Session_BBP-1_WEB04.24.10_High Res_Yanin Sanchez Grad Session_BBP-2_WEB04.24.10_High Res_Yanin Sanchez Grad Session_BBP-13_WEB04.24.10_High Res_Yanin Sanchez Grad Session_BBP-32_WEB04.24.10_High Res_Yanin Sanchez Grad Session_BBP-44_WEB04.24.10_High Res_Yanin Sanchez Grad Session_BBP-48_WEB04.24.10_High Res_Yanin Sanchez Grad Session_BBP-50_WEB04.24.10_High Res_Yanin Sanchez Grad Session_BBP-82_WEB

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Vanessa Garza – Nikki Rowe Grad – McAllen, Texas

#TBT – Nikki Rowe High School grad Ms. Vanessa Garza is today’s photo blog feature. This is a throwback but still a good set of grad photos because just look at how awesome she came out in them. We shot these at the City of McAllen Veteran’s War Memorial of Texas. I believe Ms. Garza is now an attorney and that is pretty amazing, best wishes to her for sure! Here are some of my favorite shots from this throwback graduation session! 05.02.10_High Res_Vanessa Garza Grad Photos_BBP-5091_WEB05.02.10_High Res_Vanessa Garza Grad Photos_BBP-5102_WEB05.02.10_High Res_Vanessa Garza Grad Photos_BBP-5119_WEB05.02.10_High Res_Vanessa Garza Grad Photos_BBP-5125_WEB05.02.10_High Res_Vanessa Garza Grad Photos_BBP-5128_WEB05.02.10_High Res_Vanessa Garza Grad Photos_BBP-5079_WEB05.02.10_High Res_Vanessa Garza Grad Photos_BBP-5078_WEB05.02.10_High Res_Vanessa Garza Grad Photos_BBP-5050_WEB

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Mikaila Hernandez – UT Grad – Austin, Texas

Being a graduate of such an amazing school like The University of Texas at Austin is an unexplainable feeling. You feel part of something bigger than yourself. Posting these photos reminds me of my time at school and sometimes I really miss it. It was such a great experience and what better to remember your time in college than through photos.  Check out some of my favorite shots from this UT-Grad session. Mikaila Hernandez_2012_BBP (19 of 35)_WEBMikaila Hernandez_2012_BBP (29 of 35)_WEBMikaila Hernandez_2012_BBP (11 of 35)_WEBMikaila Hernandez_2012_BBP (10 of 35)_WEBMikaila Hernandez_2012_BBP (34 of 35)_WEB

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Morgan Mills – Quince – McAllen, Texas

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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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Hello Fujifilm! – Ben Briones Studios

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Hello Fujifilm!

For the past eight years I have been photographing with a Canon 6D I purchased in 2012. That camera has been my workhorse for the majority of my work. I have also used a Nikon D600 and other Canon cameras, both digital and film, that I own. This January we decided it was time to purchase new cameras to use and abuse for another eight years. Say hello to the newest members of our arsenal; Fujifilm XT-3 and Fujifilm XH-1.

First Date

Months back we rented the Fujifilm XT-3 for 7-days and honestly, we fell in love with it. Sara and I tested it out on a few shoots. (seen below)

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The Details

Shooting with a Fujifilm camera is a totally different experience than shooting with a standard DSLR. The Fuji’s are totally hands-on. If you have shot 35mm film photography, switching over to a fujifilm camera will be very familiar. I really fell in love with that aspect; creating a photo from technique and knowledge of your camera operation vs post production. I also love how much smaller they are than the standard DSLR cameras. Also since mirrorless is the “new way” for photography, that’s also a plus. Check out the difference between our 6D and our new Fuji bodies.

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What to expect! 

2020 looks promising for our studio especially with our new cameras. We already shot our first major wedding with them this past weekend and we are extremely excited to photograph all our upcoming events and photo shoots with the Fujifilm cameras. The cameras have these beautiful film simulations that help produce beautiful images straight out of camera.

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We are looking to really utilize those film simulations to ease our workflow and become more efficient in image turnaround. I am really looking forward to carry less gear weight on me. If you have seen me shoot I am usually packed on with a lens belt and drag around a Pelican 1510 but with these smaller form factor bodies we will be hauling less weight, which is a plus for an aging photographer haha. Be on the lookout for our new work, which will mostly be done with our new Fujifilm cameras.

If you have questions about the Fujifilm cameras feel free to ask us!

Iliana & Tre Engagement – McAllen, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

One of the best places to photograph couples for engagement photos is the downtown area around Archer Park in South McAllen. There are so many great spots and textures to use and produce beautiful work with. Here are some engagement photos done around that area. Iliana&Tre_BBP-5_WEBIliana&Tre_BBP-8_WEBIliana&Tre_BBP-12_WEBIliana&Tre_BBP-15_WEBIliana&Tre_BBP-19_WEBIliana&Tre_BBP-28_WEBIliana&Tre_BBP-39_WEBIliana&Tre_BBP-45_WEBIliana&Tre_BBP-48_WEB

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Jocelyn Garcia – Portraits – Edinburg, Texas

I consider myself a portrait photographer but have the skill to take on any photography challenge. My passion has always been photographing people. Now my business focuses on wedding photography. Ben Briones Photography has a location in McAllen, Texas but we shoot anywhere and everywhere.

Portraits are important to all of us because it selects an important milestone in your life and freezes it. You can look back at that portrait and remember almost everything you felt and thought at that very moment.

At Ben Briones Photography we take the time to produce fun and unique portraits for our clients because we believe in the power of photography. Come into our new office located in McAllen, Texas so we can show you our latest portrait and work and maybe set up a session for you!

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Ilsa & Mark Engagement – McAllen, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Downtown McAllen 17th street on a Sunday  is another great place to take engagement photos. There are so many colors and textures in the area that everywhere you turn can be a great photo! Here are some great engagement photos I took of this beautiful couple  downtown McAllen, Texas. 2011_08_18_Ilsa&MarkEngagementSession_AM_BBP_PRINT-7_WEB2011_08_18_Ilsa&MarkEngagementSession_AM_BBP_PRINT-11_WEB2011_08_18_Ilsa&MarkEngagementSession_AM_BBP_PRINT-17_WEB2011_08_18_Ilsa&MarkEngagementSession_AM_BBP_PRINT-23_WEB2011_08_18_Ilsa&MarkEngagementSession_AM_BBP_PRINT-28_WEB2011_08_18_Ilsa&MarkEngagementSession_AM_BBP_PRINT-67_WEB2011_08_18_Ilsa&MarkEngagementSession_AM_BBP_PRINT-74_WEB2011_08_18_Ilsa&MarkEngagementSession_AM_BBP_PRINT-93_WEB2011_08_18_Ilsa&MarkEngagementSession_AM_BBP_PRINT-94_WEB2011_08_18_Ilsa&MarkEngagementSession_AM_BBP_PRINT-101_WEB2011_08_18_Ilsa&MarkEngagementSession_AM_BBP_PRINT-109_WEB

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