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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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.

Here are our favorite shots from this surprise engagement! 07.30.19_High Res_Solis Proposal_BBS-9996_WEB07.30.19_High Res_Solis Proposal_BBS-0032_WEB07.30.19_High Res_Solis Proposal_BBS-0046_WEB07.30.19_High Res_Solis Proposal_BBS-0098_WEB07.30.19_High Res_Solis Proposal_BBS-0155_WEB07.30.19_High Res_Solis Proposal_BBS-0173_WEB07.30.19_High Res_Solis Proposal_BBS-0297_WEB07.30.19_High Res_Solis Proposal_BBS-0255_WEB

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Sarah Echavarria – Headshots – McAllen, TX

Our studio is open to head shots, modeling photos, and any other studio type photograph you are in needing. For pricing information and openings please fill out the contact form below the photos.

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Mendoza Maternity – Estero Llano Grande State Park – Weslaco, Texas

Returning clients are always the best! Super mega thank yous to Ignacio and Britny for not only choosing Ben Briones Studios for headshots but also having me as their wedding photographer and now I hope to make the transition into their family photographer.

I love the mood of these images. The tones seem so calm and loving, which is probably how baby Olive felt in mommy. We shot these photos at Estero Llano Grande State Park located in Weslaco, Texas.

Working with Igancio and Britny is a blessing. They fully trust my team and I and allow us to be creative and give direction. Here are my favorite photos from this maternity portrait session. 07.23.19_High Res_Mendoza Maternity_BBP (1)_WEB07.23.19_High Res_Mendoza Maternity_BBP (5)_WEB07.23.19_High Res_Mendoza Maternity_BBP (7)_WEB07.23.19_High Res_Mendoza Maternity_BBP (15)_WEB07.23.19_High Res_Mendoza Maternity_BBP (24)_WEB07.23.19_High Res_Mendoza Maternity_BBP (36)_WEB07.23.19_High Res_Mendoza Maternity_BBP (38)_WEB07.23.19_High Res_Mendoza Maternity_BBP (44)_WEB

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Diana Atilano – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

This blog post is a major throwback to some of my first work! My good friend Diana is the subject in these photos and she did an amazing job even though I was a noob at the time. I think I shot these photos with my Canon Rebel XTi, which was my first DSLR. These photos date back to 2008 and it’s always exciting to look at my old work because it shows me two things; growth and passion. Tell me what you think of these in the comments. 08.23.08_High Res_Diana Atilano_BBP-6217_WEB08.23.08_High Res_Diana Atilano_BBP-6249_WEB08.23.08_High Res_Diana Atilano_BBP-6268_WEB08.23.08_High Res_Diana Atilano_BBP-6283_WEB08.23.08_High Res_Diana Atilano_BBP-6350_WEB08.23.08_High Res_Diana Atilano_BBP-6353_WEB08.23.08_High Res_Diana Atilano_BBP-6458_WEBIMG_6230_WEBIMG_6413 copy_WEBIMG_6528_WEB

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The Posing Stool – Ben Briones Studios

THE POSING STOOL 

If you own a photo studio or have worked in a photo studio you well know that the the posing stool is probably one of your most important tools in your studio. Here are 3 reasons why the posing stool is a must for studio photographers.

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Having a posing stool in your studio allows you to diversify your poses. You can sit your subject, you can stand your subject using the stool to lean on and you can use the posing stool to do just that, pose your subject.

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Reason Two

Having a subject sit gives you a different perspective which will also be flattering for your model. When a subject is sitting you can shoot from a higher angle sliming your  subject. You can also hoot from a lower angle giving a sense of grandiose or power to them.

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Elizabeth Maternity Session – Woodlawn Lake Park – San Antonio, Texas

This summer has been filled with returning clients and I’m excited to be showing off all these beautiful memories we’ve captured for them! We took these beautiful maternity portraits at Woodlawn Lake Park located in San Antonio, Texas. Elizabeth look radiant and beautiful in her two gorgeous dresses! I have done Elizabeth’s engagements, bridals and wedding and first maternity session and now we celebrated her second maternity  with this lovely portraits. Check out our favorite shots!

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Lina Fernanda’s 30th Bday Shoot – McAllen, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Turning thirty seems to be one of those major milestones in our lives. When I turned 30 my girlfriend Sara and I thew a 90’s Hip-Hop themed birthday party! I have done quite a few 30th Birthday photo sessions for a a few friends. Our clients always come up with some crazy fun ideas for their birthday photo shoots and we do our best to make them come to live! Here is a 30th B-day session for our newest client Lina! Enjoy!

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Jacklyn & Michael Engagement – Hidalgo Pump House – Ben Briones Studios

One of our favorite locations to photograph couples at is the Old Hidalgo Pump House located in Hidalgo, Texas. It has so much to use and I think it’s a romantic location that really lends itself for engagement photos.

Here are some of our favorite shots from Jacklyn and Michael’s engagement photos. I really love their outfit and the energy they brought to the shoot. My friend and photography student, Jennifer Trevino, assisted me for this shoot and shot some beautiful photos as well. Here are our favorites.

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Flora & Martin Engagement – Hummingbird Springs – Donna, Texas

Here are some of our lates engagement photos taken at one of my favorite venues in the RGV; the Hummingbird Springs in Donna, Texas. This lovely couple chose this location for the same reasons I suggest it. They have tons of greenery, beautiful landscaping, and as well as a nice home and other gorgeous structures. Check out my favorite shots from this photo shoot so you can see for yourself whey we love this venue!

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Efrain & Raquel Wedding – Sharyland, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

What an amazing couple! Raquel and Efrain’s wedding was one to never forget. lots of smiling faces and new beginnings while taking these photos. 05.19.19_High Res_Efrain Raquel Wedding_BBS-2921_WEB05.19.19_High Res_Efrain Raquel Wedding_BBS-2932_WEB05.19.19_High Res_Efrain Raquel Wedding_BBS-2937_WEB05.19.19_High Res_Efrain Raquel Wedding_BBS-2939_WEB05.19.19_High Res_Efrain Raquel Wedding_BBS-2926_WEB05.19.19_High Res_Efrain Raquel Wedding_BBS-6428_WEB05.19.19_High Res_Efrain Raquel Wedding_BBS-2957_WEB05.19.19_High Res_Efrain Raquel Wedding_BBS-3018_WEB05.19.19_High Res_Efrain Raquel Wedding_BBS-3002_WEB05.19.19_High Res_Efrain Raquel Wedding_BBS-3003_WEB05.19.19_High Res_Efrain Raquel Wedding_BBS-6455_WEB05.19.19_High Res_Efrain Raquel Wedding_BBS-6565_WEB05.19.19_High Res_Efrain Raquel Wedding_BBS-6533_WEB05.19.19_High Res_Efrain Raquel Wedding_BBS-6590_WEB05.19.19_High Res_Efrain Raquel Wedding_BBS-3211_WEB05.19.19_High Res_Efrain Raquel Wedding_BBS-3114_WEB05.19.19_High Res_Efrain Raquel Wedding_BBS-3152_WEB05.19.19_High Res_Efrain Raquel Wedding_BBS-6625_WEB05.19.19_High Res_Efrain Raquel Wedding_BBS-3274_WEB

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Patty Puente – Maternity Session – Hidalgo Pump House

I am super excited to show off these gorgeous maternity photos that we took at the Old Hidalgo Pump House in Hidalgo, Texas. My client put in her full trust in us and these are some of our favorite photos from this beautiful photo shoot! 06.14.19_High Res_Patty Puente_BBS-0002_WEB06.14.19_High Res_Patty Puente_BBS-0043_WEB06.14.19_High Res_Patty Puente_BBS-0100_WEB06.14.19_High Res_Patty Puente_BBS-0139_WEB06.14.19_High Res_Patty Puente_BBS-0148_WEB06.14.19_High Res_Patty Puente_BBS-0173_WEB06.14.19_High Res_Patty Puente_BBS-0233_WEB06.14.19_High Res_Patty Puente_BBS-0332_WEB06.14.19_High Res_Patty Puente_BBS-0387_WEB

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