Ashley Garcia Rodriguez – UT Grad – Austin, Texas

Grad sessions can be creative, fun, and formal all at the same time! When I shot Ashley’s grad photos at The University of Texas at Austin, I knew there would be a ton of great locations or backdrops to make good photos but how to use those spaces creatively was up to me.

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I always recommend my grad clients to bring their regalia and 1 to 2 outfits to get them in different looks. Ashley decided on her cap and gown with one nice dress. So outfits are part of the creative part of the shoot. Lighting is the second way you can make the photo shoot more creative and as you can see in these 6 photos I used lighting pretty differently giving each image a different feel. I used both ambient and studio lighting. Ashley Nelcy Garcia Rodriguez_2012 Grad_PRINT_BBP (12 of 23)_WEBAshley Nelcy Garcia Rodriguez_2012 Grad_PRINT_BBP (13 of 23)_WEB
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Posing your client in fun and creative poses can make for fun photos. I sometimes ask my clients to spin or jump creating movement a sense of movement in your shots. You can also tilt your camera in odd positions for cool perspectives. What creates the most fun photo for a client is when you allow them to be themselves. Most people have their own silly way of being unique and when you can capture that you’ll have great pics. Ashley Nelcy Garcia Rodriguez_2012 Grad_PRINT_BBP (3 of 23)_WEBAshley Nelcy Garcia Rodriguez_2012 Grad_PRINT_BBP (17 of 23)_WEBFORMAL
Grad photos can be a little serious too. These are big milestones for many people and sometimes these moments call for formal portraits. In grad photos that means full regalia or formal outfit. In these photos we shot formal pictures in both outfits. Ashley Nelcy Garcia Rodriguez_2012 Grad_PRINT_BBP (1 of 23)_WEBAshley Nelcy Garcia Rodriguez_2012 Grad_PRINT_BBP (21 of 23)_WEB

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Gina Beltran – UTPA Grad – Edinburg, Texas

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I wanted to show off these fun UTPA Grad Session photo shoot I did a while back. Ms. Gina had contracted me for her senior photos and I wanted to shoot them on the UTPA now UTRGV campus using natural light. If you know me, I usually carry around some mad lighting gear, but this time around we just rolled with a reflector. We also shot during golden hour which made the lighting even more beautiful. Check out the awesome photos we produced for Gina’s grad session. 12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2304_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2309_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2313_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2321_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2332_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2351_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2380_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2388_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2389_WEB12.01.12_High Res_Gina Beltran Grad Session_BBP-2400_WEB

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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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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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Sarah Ruiz – UTRGV Grad – Edinburg, Texas

Yesterday we had the pleasure of photographing Ms. Sarah Ruiz, a recent graduate from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). She majored in communications and is excited to become an educator. Even though the extremely hot weather and crazy winds posed a small annoyance, we go it done. Sarah was such a trooper baring the heat and yet still looking amazing in all her photos. Thank you Sarah for choosing our studio to capture this milestone in your life!  06.08.19_High Res_Sarah Ruiz Grad Session_BBS-8_WEB06.08.19_High Res_Sarah Ruiz Grad Session_BBS-15_WEB06.08.19_High Res_Sarah Ruiz Grad Session_BBS-18_WEB06.08.19_High Res_Sarah Ruiz Grad Session_BBS-26_WEB06.08.19_High Res_Sarah Ruiz Grad Session_BBS-30_WEB06.08.19_High Res_Sarah Ruiz Grad Session_BBS-35_WEB06.08.19_High Res_Sarah Ruiz Grad Session_BBS-38_WEB06.08.19_High Res_Sarah Ruiz Grad Session_BBS-45_WEB

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Nick Cruz – UTRGV Graduate – Ben Briones Studios

Graduation is around the corner and one of the things that go along with walking across the stage is to take graduation photos to record the special milestone! My friend Nick Cruz recently setup a studio graduation photo session at my home studio located in McAllen, Texas and I love how the photos came out! Nick graduated in 2018 from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) but didn’t get a chance to take photos back then but we hooked him up. Here are some of my favorite shots from this studio graduation photo session. 2019-03-20_00092019-03-20_00102019-03-20_00112019-03-20_00122019-03-20_00132019-03-20_00142019-03-20_00152019-03-20_0016

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Vanessa Silva – STC Grad – McAllen, Texas

This past weekend I was able to work with Ms. Vanessa once again. Vanessa and I have been friends for some time now and she has trusted me to document some of the most special moments in her life. Sunday we celebrated her achievement as a graduate from South Texas College with a bachelors degree through an awesome photoshoot.

I have photographed Vanessa’s maternity photos, her most recent birthday, her graduation portraits, and soon her family photos. Here are some of my favorite photos taken by myself and my team.

Photo Credit: Emiliano Pena, Sara Yanez, Ben Briones
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Cynthia Jasso – Grad Portraits – Estero Llano Grande State Park

This weekend I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful grad, Mrs. Cynthia Jasso. She is graduating with her Masters in from Texas A&M University-Commerce. We decided on taking her graduation photos at the famous Weslaco park called Estero Llano Grande State Park. I really love the way these photos came out. It had been a while since I had shot there at the park. There was a special moment during the session when Sara pointed out a tree full of butterflies and Cynthia was able to reach out to one and it walked right on to her finger and we took some beautiful shots of that. Here are my favorite shots from this photo session! 2018-12-02_00022018-12-02_00032018-12-02_00042018-12-02_00052018-12-02_00062018-12-02_00072018-12-02_00082018-12-02_0001

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Maggie McCloud – UT Grad – Austin, Texas

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While going through some old hard drives I found these beautiful graduation photos I did of my friend back when I was attending the University of Texas at Austin. They came out so great and I really don’t know why I haven’t showed them off! These are my favorite shots from this graduation portrait session in Austin, Texas.

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Ginger Garza – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

A while back when I first started doing more studio photography at my photo studio in Edinburg, Texas I asked a few friends if they wanted to model for me. I wanted to practice my light setup and Ms. Ginger was one of those who came through! Ginger is such a intelligent, beautiful and loving person and I think my goal was to capture that through portraiture.

Ginger is a University of Texas at Austin grad. She is stylish and sweet! Ginger is a great role model for many young women. Here are some of my favorite shots Ginger’s studio session! 2018-06-04_00192018-06-04_00182018-06-04_00222018-06-04_00202018-06-04_00212018-06-04_00252018-06-04_00242018-06-04_0023

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Mother & Daughters Graduation – UTRGV – Edinburg Texas – Ben Briones Studios

A fellow photographer / artist and friend Mrs. Mari Lorenzon graduated this year with her graphic design degree from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Texas. She had asked me if I could take her grad photos along with her two daughter’s who were also sharing the same milestone.

We photographed the girls at famous UTRGV campus. One of her daughter’s graduated kinder and there other high school. I love the idea she had to combine the photoshoots. Here are some of my favorite shots from this photo shoot. 05.20.18_PRINT_Mari Grad Session_BBS-0867_WEB05.20.18_PRINT_Mari Grad Session_BBS-0915_WEB05.20.18_PRINT_Mari Grad Session_BBS-0928_WEB05.20.18_PRINT_Mari Grad Session_BBS-1014_WEB05.20.18_PRINT_Mari Grad Session_BBS-0909_WEB05.20.18_PRINT_Mari Grad Session_BBS-0953_WEB05.20.18_PRINT_Mari Grad Session_BBS-0892_WEB05.20.18_PRINT_Mari Grad Session_BBS-1054_WEB05.20.18_PRINT_Mari Grad Session_BBS-1135_WEB05.20.18_PRINT_Mari Grad Session_BBS-1123_WEB05.20.18_PRINT_Mari Grad Session_BBS-1149_WEB

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Claudia Alaniz – Grad Portraits – Ben Briones Studios

In December thousands of students will walk the stage and be handed a diploma or degree that they worked so hard to own.  A year ago I photographed one of my good friends Ms. Claudia Alaniz in celebration of her hard earned degree. When we were planning her photo shoot she wanted something different, which I was pretty excited about because I love when my clients get creative. Claudia had a friend who has a ranch with some few random items scattered across the land, including a horse.

I think the location fit Claudia perfect because she’s so much fun. Check out some of these pretty cool graduation portraits we took of Ms. Claudia. These are my favorite shots from the photo shoot! 04.30.17_Claudia Alaniz Grad Photos_PRINT_BBS-9474_WEB04.30.17_Claudia Alaniz Grad Photos_PRINT_BBS-9510_WEB04.30.17_Claudia Alaniz Grad Photos_PRINT_BBS-9576_WEB04.30.17_Claudia Alaniz Grad Photos_PRINT_BBS-9620_WEB04.30.17_Claudia Alaniz Grad Photos_PRINT_BBS-9709_WEB04.30.17_Claudia Alaniz Grad Photos_PRINT_BBS-9739_WEB04.30.17_Claudia Alaniz Grad Photos_PRINT_BBS-9797_WEB04.30.17_Claudia Alaniz Grad Photos_PRINT_BBS-9810_WEB

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Susana Sanchez Grad Session – The University of Texas at Austin – Ben Briones Studios

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Beautiful. Bold. Intelligent. Studious. Adventurous. Strong. These are all nouns to describe Ms. Susan Sanchez, a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. I met Susy while attending UT through a mutual friend. She and I became friends and kept in touch and when it was time to celebrate the achievement of completing not only one but two undergrad degrees she contacted me to document this special moment.

It’s been a a few years since this photo shoot and Susy is now saving lives and keeping the people of Austin, Texas safe. I wish you the best friend. I am very proud of you! \m/

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Desiree Chavez – TAMUCC Grad – Corpus Christi Texas

A few weeks back my assistant and I traveled to Corpus Christi to photograph this beautiful soul. Desiree is graduating from Texas A&M University–Corpus Christ and we took these photos to celebrate this huge milestone in her life.  Ms. Chavez is originally from Mission, Texas but decided to go to school by the bay.

I have known Desiree for a few years now and she’s just such an awesome person. She’s full of puns, is a socially conscious, outgoing and very interesting. I think some these first shots really bring out her colorful personality. Oh and she has style as well. We tried to keep the shoot simple yet fun.

We actually started the photo shoot on the campus of the school, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christ. We photographed her in front of the iconic wave that oversees the ocean. Then we walked to an area on campus she loved most and then we finished the photo shoot downtown to a beautiful mural right before it poured on us.

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