Hailey Trevino – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Took these beautiful edgy portraits of my friend Hailey mid March in some cool spots downtown Edinburg, Texas. I really have been enjoying my Fujifilm XH1 and this photo shoot really allowed me to explore with it more. I set it up on a bracket mode, but not just any bracket mode. The XT3 and XH1 have a film simulation bracket mode so when you shoot you get 3 different looks plus a raw file. Some of the photos you see here are JPEGs straight out of camera.

For this shoot we used a mix of natural light, reflector and my Flashpoint eVOLV 200 strobe. Hailey is a “seasoned model” because she’s been in a few of my shoots at South Texas College. She did amazing at posing and was very open to our ideas as well. Loved the two outfits she chose. They both went well with the two locations we chose. Here are some of my favorites shots from this photo shoot. 03.16.20_High Res_Haily Trevino Portraits_BBP-5365_WEB03.16.20_High Res_Haily Trevino Portraits_BBP-5468_WEB03.16.20_High Res_Haily Trevino Portraits_BBP-5510_WEB03.16.20_High Res_Haily Trevino Portraits_BBP-5630_WEB03.16.20_High Res_Haily Trevino Portraits_BBP-6159_WEB03.16.20_High Res_Haily Trevino Portraits_BBP-6243_WEB03.16.20_High Res_Haily Trevino Portraits_BBP-6311_WEB03.16.20_High Res_Haily Trevino Portraits_BBP-6344_WEB03.16.20_High Res_Haily Trevino Portraits_BBP-6433_WEB03.16.20_High Res_Haily Trevino Portraits_BBP-6494_WEB03.16.20_High Res_Haily Trevino Portraits_BBP-6628_WEB03.16.20_High Res_Haily Trevino Portraits_BBP-6656_WEBIf you are looking into taking some fun portraits please fill out the form below.

Alyssa Pena – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

TBT 2009 [photos and blog have been re-edited]

Yesterday’s [06.10.2009] photoshoot with Alyssa Pena was great. We shot at the abandon[ed] warehouse on North [Highway] 281, one of my favorite places to shoot. We used ambient light, a reflector disc, and [a] speed light. [We were] going for a more natural light shoot with her. She is light skin so light rolls of her amazingly, plus her is just a great color as well, which gave of a lot of Rembrandt lighting, which always adds to a photo.

Alyssa is a just an over all beauty. Since she has had modeling experience directing her [was easy.] We moved around the [whole] warehouse and used different ambient light sources.

I’d say Things went really well. The only thing about this shoot that sucked, was [that there was a] dead cat and [it stunk up the place.]  In all the shoot lasted about [a fun] 2 hrs. This photoshoot is probably my best yet and one of my favorites.

I hope to work with Alyssa more and create a lot of new photos for you all to enjoy.
Assisted by Lori Alaniz. Wanted to show off some of my older work re-edited so you can see what type of work I was doing back in the day. Enjoy! 

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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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Accidental Portraits – Ben Briones Studios 

Yesterday while searching for a set of photos I stumbled upon this cinematic portrait of my friend Maria Dolores Alvarado, which suites her well because Maria is a an actress, playwright, and dancer. 

Below you will find a color version of the shot which is the original rendition. I saw some magic in portrait so I decided to take it into photoshop and try salvage it with some heavy editing. 

I wonder if other photographers ever find accidental shots are gems and show them off too? I think what stood out most about this shot was the scene. As I mentioned before Maria is a performer so the latter in the background reminded me of a stage being setup and the lighting reminded me of the old black and white noir style film scenes. 

It’s crazy how a photographers mind works right? This shot was an accidental shot taken while setting up for Christmas photos back in December.