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.

Teacher of the Month – Ms. Yanez

Guess who got teacher of the month? This beauty here!

When the pandemic hit everyone’s world was turned upside down. The area hit the hardest was in education! School plays such a big roll in society. Schools provide shelter for students, a warm meal, a safe and happy environment. Teachers are America’s unsung hero’s!

Today I want to share this post about the elementary music educator you see in this portrait. Covid-19 took the teacher out of the classroom but never took the teacher out of the fight. When it was decided school was going full virtual Sara did not back down from the challenge.

We transformed our bedroom into her virtual classroom. Sara got herself a cute desk chair combo. We quickly bought her a 2nd monitor screen with articulating arm. She purchased the necessary equipment and accessories to turn our professional camera into a secondary webcam. She was ready!

This teacher stays up until wee hours of the night prepping her virtual classroom, studying and lesson planning, and creating personal audio messages for her students. During the day, because I also work from home, I hear her singing and drumming on her desk, teaching her students music theory in fun ways to elementary kids. Sometimes I hear our bedroom door bust open because she’s running off to a quick bathroom break or cold brew refill as quickly as she can before her next class starts. On top of back-to-back classes she still attends regular morning and after school virtual meetings, often planning the next few weeks or months with her coworkers.

I am very proud of her and I know many of her friends and coworkers are too! Before covid she would tell me that her students would tell her that her music class was their favorite class and till this day she often comes out of our bedroom / classroom happy because she continues to hear the same praise and love from her students.

Sara Yanez, I love you and I am very proud of you! Congrats on being teacher of the Month at John McKeever Elementary PSJA ISD.

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

Fujifilm XT-3 – Beauty Dish Studio Test with Sara Yanez – Ben Briones Studios

Sara and I rented the Fujifilm XT-3 to test it out because we are thinking of buying ourselves a pair. Our first test was with a one light setup with a beauty dish on a pink seamless. Everything was shot in JPEG and we did very minimal editing or none at all one some of the shots.

I had to adjust the camera setting a bit before we starting getting good results. I had to remove the eyepiece live view because I wasn’t able to see the shot because high aperture kept the view dark. I was also having trouble with the focus. I couldn’t tell if the shots were in focus so I setup the eye autofocus to help me. The the last thing I adjusted was the touch screen so I can zoom into the shot and check the sharpness. Those were the only 3 things that I had issues at first before figuring out how to fix them. Great camera for studio photography. 2019-02-11_00012019-02-11_00022019-02-11_00032019-02-11_00042019-02-11_00052019-02-11_00062019-02-11_00072019-02-11_0008IMG_7926

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Christmas Portraits – A Mother’s Love – Ben Briones Studios

How precious is a mother’s love? What a gift from God to feel such love! I was having all types of feels when I photographed Diana and her boy. You could say Diana (A.K.A Ms. B) was the mother of my photography career seven years ago! If it wasn’t for her yearbook class and most importantly her encouragement, Ben Briones Studios would not exist today.

I am beyond honored to photograph these two. The dynamic she has with her son is so unique and the bond is beyond breakable. Christmas portraits have no meaning if there is no story behind the image. I believe these images tell a story of a mother’s love for the special gift God has given her–her son. Enjoy!

Thank you Ms. B for believing in me! Love you! 

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