Laura Jasso – Dance Portraits – Edinburg, Texas

2008 TBT 

Lately I have been featuring a ton of my older work. As a photographer, if you are persistent, your photography skills will grow as well. I love going back and looking at my stuff shot back in the day when my love for photography was blossoming into what it has become of it now and comparing it to my newest work. You will see the difference in technique and style. Some of it has to do with you now having better equipment but some can just be artistic direction. Here is a quick fun shoot I did with my friend Laura at UTPA back in 2008. Below you will see my “contact sheet” to see how many photos I took to get “the shots”. I believe I shot this with my Canon 5D (the original). Enjoy!

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CONTACT SHEET 

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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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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

My First Photo Shots – Yvonne Longoria – 2008

This is one of my very first “professional” photo shoots from way back in the day. The file metadata said it was created in 2008. These shots are recent edits but they are not far from the original JPEG files. I shot this with my first camera the Canon Rebel XTi. I think back then I aspired to be some type of fashion photographer. Yvonne was the cousin of my best friend Eddie who setup the photo shoot for us at Yvonne’s mom’s backyard. Wow, memories! If you wish to see the unedited JPEGs PLEASE let me know and I will add them to this blog for comparison. Look how are you have come young Ben Briones. 07.27.08_High Res_Yvonne Longoria_BBP-925907.27.08_High Res_Yvonne Longoria_BBP-926807.27.08_High Res_Yvonne Longoria_BBP-927307.27.08_High Res_Yvonne Longoria_BBP-928207.27.08_High Res_Yvonne Longoria_BBP-929807.27.08_High Res_Yvonne Longoria_BBP-9333

Cynthia Flores Bridal – Encino, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

So much love for this gorgeous bride! Cynthia Cameron (now Flores) thank you so much becoming my friend, being a Sister-in-Christ, and just overall trusting me to capture some of the most beautiful milestones in your life. I always tell all my clients that you have to love your photographer and us a photographers have to love our clients and I think the relationship and friendship we have built is simply based off that true love Christ has shown us.

Today is a special day for you and Baltazar and I cannot wait to how happy you two will be once the night is over. God bless you and all your family. Cynthia, my Sister-in-Christ, I love you and Baltazar and always know that I am here for you two whenever!

Enough emotional blah blahs! I wanted to share some of all time favorite shots form Cynthia’s beautiful bridal photo session at the Skipper Ranch in Encino, Texas. The first time I photographed at the Skipper Ranch was last fall as a second shooter for Photos by Adriana. It was such a beautiful country wedding and it just brought the Skipper Ranch to life as a go-to premiere outdoor wedding venue. To see some images from that wedding please click on this link: Michael & Tome Fairas Wedding by Photos by Adriana. 

When my beautiful bride was looking for a country style venue for her bridals the Skipper Ranch was the very first location that came to mind. I quickly called Mr. Farias to book our session and we made it happen. Ever since that wedding I knew this location would be one of my top places to visit with my clients for my sessions. The Skipper ranch had so much variety to use and I know it made Cynthia very happy. We had the opportunity to shoot indoor and outdoor for a very reasonable rate. I would highly suggest the Skipper Ranch for any type of photo session and outdoor special event.

I present to you Cynthia Cameron’s Bridal session at the Skipper Ranch in Encino, Texas.

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Ben Briones Studios Equipment List

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One of the first things beginners always ask industry professionals is what equipment they are using. I know when I started off it was it was a question I would always ask.

Now I am not a gear-head nor do I care to have the latest gadgets in photography. I do not want to break the bank. In my opinion, an artist creates with what he is given.

The most common misconception in the photography industry is that the equipment makes the photographer better. My advice to any aspiring photographer looking to make a living off the trade is to stick to the equipment they begin with for 2-4 years at least before switching out or upgrading. The reason I say this and many industry leaders agree is because you must master your equipment and not let it control you.

I have owned my equipment for more than 7-years. The newest piece of equipment I own is probably my Canon 6D purchased in January 2013 and my travel light stand. The rest of the items I have had for 5-years or more.

Today you will get to see all the equipment I use;

CAMERAS: Canon 5D and Canon 6D

LENSES: Canon 25-35mm f/3.5, Canon 50mm f/1.4, Canon 40mm f/2.8 and Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8

LIGHTING: Canon Flash 430ex II, Canon Flash 380ex, Alienbee 800

TRIGGERS: Pocket Wizard Plus II Transceiver and Cowboy Studio Wireless Triggers

LIGHT STANDS: Manfrotto 420B 3- Section Combi- Boom Stand and ProMaster LS-CT Compact Travel Light Stand

If you would like to play around with any of the equipment listed here or try out anything else from my arsenal, then feel free to fill out the rental form below.