Posted on September 14, 2020
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Posted on July 8, 2020
We took at Alyssa’s Graduation Portraits at the Edinburg City Hall and the Edinburg CISD Administration building. This area is one of my favorite spots for grad photos. Alyssa is a Vanguard Academy Beethoven graduate so these Edinburg buildings seemed perfect for her photo shoot. We shot the first 1/2 of her shoot with her cap and gown and the second 1/2 in a more relaxed outfit. I always encourage my clients to bring two outfits to any of my shoots for variety. I really love the way these photos came out. Check out some of my favorite shots from this graduation portrait session.
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Posted on April 20, 2019
From shooting their engagement photos, to traveling with my team to Fredericksburg, Texas to document their wedding day, I have been photographing Britny and Ignacio’s special moments up to now. Being given the opportunity to once more be a part of another milestone in their lives by photographing their baby announcement was exciting!
Britny had great ideas. She wanted a theater as the location to shoot this announcement. We scouted around town and decided to use the Edinburg Municipal Auditorium and the Citrus Theater located down town Edinburg, Texas. Tell us how we did, these are our favorite shots.
Congratulations, Britny and Ignacio!
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Posted on April 18, 2019
To those who don’t know I give private photography lessons to about 2-3 students and at one of my lessons I decided to also become a student of photography and practice shooting 35mm film with my Canon AE-1. We held our lesson at the beautiful Edinburg City Hall located in the heart of the city.
At the scenarios that I setup our returning volunteer model, Ms. Ginger Garza, I also took a few snaps of what my students were capturing and these were my best shots.
Posted on February 14, 2019
Yesterday we tested out the Fujifilm XT-3 in an evening outdoor setting and it did very well! We used a combination of ambient light, an eVOLV 200 with a beauty dish and an LED light. Here are my favorite shots from this camera test! Equipment used: Fujifilm XT-3 + 18-55mm 2.8 kit lens.
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Posted on August 25, 2018
Tuesday night I tested out the Flashpoint eVOLV 200 with some friends at the Edinburg City Hall building downtown Edinburg, Texas. I rented the eVOLV 200 and PIXARPO 26in Collapsable Beauty Dish from a friend. The light was mounted on my Manfrotto Combi Boom Stand that was handled by my awesome friend and fellow photographer Lourdes Paz.
I only have this gear for a day or two so I needed to find some models to help. I sent out like 15 messages to friends and photographers and Audrie, a local videographer and YouTuber was the only one who replied and was willing to do it. Ms. Audrie Barrera and her partner Fern showed up and was ready to go. You can view Audrie’s show on YouTube and can be found at theaudreyshow.
My goal is to purchase a new smaller compact light that packs some power and the new Flashpoint eVOLV 200 / Godox AD200 are the latest thing to hit the market that fit those specs. I rented one from a local photographer because I really wanted to test it out before purchasing one. I currently shoot most of my studio work and wedding photography with my AlienBee B800 Flash Unit by C. Paul Buff but I am in the marketing for something new.
We shot around 8pm-9pm, there was very low light and the sun was pretty much gone, but there was beautiful ambient light so I already had a hunch that it would do well. The light has been out for a while not and it seems that everyone and their mother owns this light, especially all the Sony shooters. Nothing against Sony, I’m actually buying one soon, but they seem to be the super duo.
I have also notice those who usually shoot with eVOLV / AD200 are typically High-Speed Sync Shooters. HSS photos are those shots where the photographer takes the model / client to a beautiful location but shoots so open they blur the background and only the subject is in focus. Not my thing but that technique is useful sometimes. On to the review.
I like the amount of power this little thing packs as well as the minimal power you can set it to. Most of the photos below were shot with the light at 32, 64 or 128. I shot with high ISO’s because that’s my style. I did a little of HSS but mostly kept the shutter at 125. Oh I didn’t mention that I was using my Canon 6D with a Canon 85mm 1.8 and Tamron SP AF 28‑75mm. I don’t shoot with fancy high-end gear, I am still using the same camera I have had since 2012. The creative mind is the most important gear in my bag.
Another feature I love about the eVOLV 200 is that it’s light. Logging around an AlienBee plugged into a Vagabond Mini on a boom stand gets tiring, you got chords galore hanging and getting tangled up, and it’s just not as portable as it once was. The eVOLV only weighs about 1LB where the AlienBee weighs over 3LBs.
Lastly I took liking to the variety of accessories the eVOLV 200 / AD200 have available. I used the PIXARPO 26in Collapsable Beauty Dish ,which was super easy to setup The bracket the light sits in is super simple to use as well. I am looking forward to trying out the light bare bulb and the barn doors in bright daylight. Here are my favorite shots from last nights photo shoot with the eVOLV 200.
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Posted on January 7, 2016
Here’s a funny story. Around the time this family was booking my brand to photograph their family photos I was without a phone so my assistant Rocio was handling the majority of my client communication. For this particular photo session I had asked Rocio to just let the clients know that I would be at the Edinburg City Hall at 4:00 p.m. I got there about 5-10mins before the photo session to setup up my equipment and this car pulls up to the parking lot and some mariachi’s and folklorico dancers beginning to get out of the car. Little did I know this was the family I would be photographing. It wasn’t until the mother came up to me and greeted me.
How beautiful is that? So colorful and lively. This was definitely an experience. The whole family in unison under one theme. God is awesome! My job is never dull. I present to you the Ortiz Family.
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Posted on December 13, 2015
I took on this event on a Sunday. I first met with Theresa and her mom at Moonbeans in McAllen one afternoon to discuss my services and after just sitting their with them for a while I knew they were the type of people God purposely places in my path to serve. Theresa and her mom are true servants of Jesus and I know that Joe to has dedicated his servitude to the kingdom of God.
In the 7-years I have been a photographer I have photographed 3 traditional indian engagement celebrations but this once was my first Catholic ceremony. It gets better. At our meeting Theresa’s mom wanted to include traditional Mexican cultura into her daughter’s event, so she asked for mentioned that they were looking for a certain type of entertainment for their guest who were visiting the Rio Grande Valley for the first time. Low and behold, they integrated folklorico dancers into the already eventful night of dance performances.
I loved everything about this day. You could really tell how in love Joe and Theresa are. And that’s only because I just met Joe that day of the event since he is from Chicago. I knew we were bros as soon as he shared his love for Taco Palenque A.K.A. Taco P.
The day begin with both my shooting partner Laura Soria and I capturing some precious moments during the couples preparation. From there we then traveled over to Theresa’s home church, Syro Malabar Catholic Church in Edinburg, Texas. They had a beautiful choir and a gorgeous ceremony. Then we made our way over to the Edinburg City Hall to take the couples formal portraits. Lastly we then finished the day at Mayrin Banquet Hall, where the couple celebrated with family and friends.
Enough talk. I will let our images take over the conversation.
Photo Credit: Laura Soria, Veronica Briones, Ben Briones.
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Posted on September 7, 2015
Stephanie and Carlos have been together for such a long time now so this next milestone in their lives is only natural. I had the blessed opportunity watch and film them look each other in the eye under God and say I Do and now they are expecting a baby boy anytime soon!
I present to you Stephanie, Carlos and their baby boy!
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Posted on June 28, 2015
Today’s wedding was beautiful. Alvaro and Marlen are such loving people and a lot of fun! I was super happy to see their little family unite. The wedding took place at St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in McAllen, TX. Then we headed over the McAllen Convention Center, which was super mega packed but you know how we do. I did my best to made it work for my clients. Later we headed out to Penita, Texas to their ballroom, I & J Social Events. It was a very beautiful wedding venue. The owner told me it has been there for five years. Alvaro and Marlen had a blast at their wedding. I don’t know if any of you get that feeling of wanting to get married when you see newly weds having fun on the dance floor their wedding night? Well I felt that way. It’s a special feeling that comes when there is real love in the air. You can tell how much Alvaro loves Marlen and vice versa! Such an awesome couple. #CoupleGoals Special thanks to Stephanie Rios for assisting me at today’s wedding even with a baby on board! Photo Credit: Stephanie Rios, Ben Briones
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Excellent photographer. Very professional yet down-to- earth 🙂 Came very highly recommended and will definitely look forward to booking future photoshoots in the future.
Posted on May 10, 2015
Happy mother’s day to this beautiful Mom. She has to be one of the proudest mothers today! There is nothing more important than for a mother to see her children seeking The Lord. God’s greatest gift to a mother is her children and I was blessed today with the opportunity to photograph this special day for the Lucio family!
These two young men have amazing parents. Just from the few hours I spent with them I could see how well they are being raised. And after the first couple of shots of the family I felt the bond they share, the love that flows through them, and the spirit of God all over this family.
On this beautiful Sunday afternoon I present to you the Lucio Family!
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