Kaitlyn Ybanez – ENHS Grad – Edinburg, Texas

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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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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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2019 Reflection – Ben Briones Studios

Ben Briones 2019 Thank You

[Reflections of 2019]

There are so many people I could think of right now that I should be listing to give my most humble appreciation for their assistance in the success of Ben Briones Studios in 2019. To be transparent it wasn’t our most profitable year but it was a major year of growth, partnership, lessons, and love and understanding for business. I went from renting an office / studio at Grindstone in Edinburg, Texas to purchasing a home in north McAllen and dedicating two rooms of the four to the business. There were some great losses as well in personnel, time and tons of money but I truly grew from the losses.

[The Thank You List] 

Sara Yanez, Luis Reyes, Maria Dolores Alvarado, Roland Hernandez, Emiliano Peña, Xiomara Denisse Anzaldua, Jennifer Trevino, Jessica Musick, Joe Martinez, Ray Pedraza,

[New Job, Less Time]

I took on a major role at my 8-5 job, which really affected my business. As the chief photographer of South Texas College, I have become more involved than before and I am on salary as well so basically I am always on duty. There are some benefits of it though. You can see the work I produce for STC on RGVison Magzine, at our website and on billboards across the Rio Grande Valley. With this newly upgraded position at the college it has taken a big chunk of my attention away from the business and to my clients who have been affected I am truly sorry. In 2020 I will be better at balancing both jobs for sure.

[Things I Am Proud Of]

Here are few things I am proud of that I did or did not do in 2019. For the longest time I have been a huge advocate for Apple products when it comes to photography, but in mid-2019 I bought myself a powerful gaming PC to replace my iMac and Macbook Pro. I never thought I’d see the day where I would be using PC to run my photography business. In 2019 I also increased my studio photography work, which I am very proud of and really enjoy. 35mm film became a new thing in my arsenal as well, I even dedicated a page on my blog for my scans. Lastly, I resisted the whole Sony / Mirrorless crazy everyone and their mother was buying into, literally. I am happy to say I am still shooting and creating beautiful work with my Canon 6D of which I purchased in 2012. I did not need a mirrorless camera to “to take better photos”. I formed a great new partnership with Terry The Wedding Gal and that has been a long relationship way before 2019 but this year it really flourished.

[New Things I Learned]

New things I learned about running a photography business in 2019 were as follows; always pay your quarterly taxes on time, if not you will get fined big time. Lesson learned. Always backup your files three-fold because losing someones photos is emotionally and financially costly. I bought a Synology and stacked it with 16TBs and use Amazon Drive as well. Buying digital ads is the new and probably the only way to get new eyes on your brand, which lead to new prospects and clients. I thought I didn’t have to buy ads but I was wrong. Stop giving discounts! In 2020 I hope to give less discounts, unless you paying cash… Last thing I am going to say I learned was to take breaks or vacations. I tried my best to take Sunday’s off but as a workaholic it was very hard but I managed to have some free fun Sunday’s with no work. Hence the “Studio Closed” messages on my business Facebook timeline.

[2020, What’s New and What to Expect]

Price increases across the board for sure and no more discounts, unless you are paying cash. We can talk about that more in person. New gear for sure, although I love my beat up 6D, I am really wanting to minimize my gear list, so I am looking at some mirrorless camera like the Fujifilm XT-3, which I rented in 2019 to test out for various shoot types like portraits and architecture. Better communication and time management for the studio utilizing a CRM or business system. More days off and vacation. Been working my ass off since 2007 as a photographer, about time I take some vacations and go explore the world and photograph it.

With all that said I leave you with a SEE NEXT YEAR!

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!

[THROWBACK BLOG 2011]

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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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Kody and Jasmine – Surprise Proposal – Weslaco, TX

Check out this beautiful surprise engagement shot at Estero Llano Grande in Weslaco, Texas. Kody and I had met a few weeks before to chat and plan how this was going to unfold. If you are planning a surprise engagement I would advise planning something out with your photographer so you can get great photos and video captured. Kody and I came up with simple plan. He was going to book me for “couples photos” for their anniversary and during the shoot we would go back to the car to get some bug spray but we were really getting the ring he had hidden. We placed the ring in my lens belt and went back to the location and continued this “couples photos” to celebrate their anniversary.  Little did Jasmine know she was going to be proposed to.

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