Edinburg’s Night of Lights – Ben Briones

A little throwback from this fun parade and small performance by the one and only Sara Yanez. Sara and her dance studio had a float and she sang as they passed by crowds of people lined up on highway 107 in Edinburg, Texas. If you didn’t have a chance to catch the Edinburg Night of Lights Parade this year make sure to catch it next year!

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O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo – Law Firm – Head Shots – Edinburg, Texas

Photography and law one time collided in thought. A year or two ago I had the crazy idea of dropping photography to purse a law degree. Obviously, the photography career won but I still dream about becoming a lawyer one day and although it’s a far-off thought I still get to mix the both.

Today we photograph lawyers and I am okay with that. My relationship with the law community has been through the The Hidalgo County Bar Association, which I have had the pleasure of capturing their annual event.

This month we photographed O’Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath, a law firm located at 220 S. Jackson Rd. in Edinburg. I really love how the photos came out for these professionals. We had a simple two light setup with a dark gray portable backdrop. We used a warm tone gel to change the background color as per the clients request. Everyone was super positive and professional and it really reflects in their portraits.

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Jeannette Garcia – Musician Portraits – Edinburg, Texas

If you haven’t heard of Jeannette Garcia you truly need to! She is a beautiful singer and musician out of Edinburg, Texas. Today she shared that one of her favorite artist Russ liked and retweeted her acoustic cover of his song Ride Slow.

Jeanette stopped by my photo studio in Edinburg to take some fun promo-like musician portraits and I am extremely happy on how the portraits came out. We used a warm tone for the background because her image is a bit more edgy and rock-star that I wanted her to be the main subject. I had her pose with her guitar in different ways to show the love between the two.

I am super excited to share these beautiful portraits of Jeannette Garcia and even more excited to share the video that was retweeted by Russ listed below the images. My photo studio is located in heart of Edinburg, Texas at the Grindstone Coworking at 506 W. University Drive Edinburg, TX 78539. Jeanette_Head_Shots_BBS-5474_pp_BLOGJeanette_Head_Shots_BBS-5466_pp_BLOGJeanette_Head_Shots_BBS-5459_pp_BLOGJeanette_Head_Shots_BBS-5438_pp_BLOGJeanette Head Shots-5441_BLOGJeanette Head Shots-5463_BLOG

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Nat Rodriguez – Artist In The Making – Edinburg, Texas

Nat and I have been friends since 2003 when we both attended Edinburg North High School. Since I’ve known her I knew she could sing but it was until recently when I rediscovered her talent because she began posting and sharing her music on Facebook.

Nat’s music is inspired by her faith and has a variety of sounds to it. It can fall into the  modern Christian music genre for sure. I applaud her because she’s actually marking music and putting out there and that’s truly how you get started as an artist.

Nat reached out to me so we could take some photos for a possible album she was going to make or just so people could put a face to the wonderful music she was producing and sharing. She requested to be photographed on some railroad tracks that she would walk through as teen. She told us they meant a lot to her. So we did just that!

Friend when you’re a famous Christian artist don’t forget about me! Wishing you the best of luck in your music career!

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Ale Avila and Father – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

I have photographed Ale and her family since she graduated from high school a few years back. They are very special to my heart!  Looking at these photos you will only see two people but there are three! This family lost their precious mother a few years back and even though she’s not pictured, she is present in the love these two have for each other!

Today we focused the special bond Ale has with her amazing father. We shot in some of their favorite spots around their home and reenacted some poses from our previous family photo session. Ale is also seen in her U.S. Air Force because she wanted to take some photos with her dad before she leaves for her next assignment.

Ale I wanted to let you know that I am very proud of you. I love you my friend and wish you the best. Thank you for always having us around for your families biggest milestones.

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2017 Resolution – Ben Briones Studios

LogoWorking harder than ever in 2017. I’m ready to take on any challenges that arise. I have been in business for over 7 years now and there’s nothing I haven’t experienced. Running a business has been one of the most challenging tasks I have ever had to face.
 
I’ve seen brides shed tears over their beautiful moments we captured and I’ve seen brides shed tears because one of our hard drives crashed losing her most of her wedding files. It’s a tough job! My favorite quote to tell people who visit me at my office is “Don’t ever become a photographer!”.
 
To all my future clients and current clients tonight I vow to do my very best that my own being can handle, to do my best with the technology at hand and its limitations, and to do my very best providing solutions to any mistakes or incidents that do occur this year. I’m human and this is a human driven business.
 
Thank you all for your constant support. Special thanks to my close coworkers and contractors who I consider part of the Ben Briones Studios Family; Jess Musick, Stephanie Rios, Felicia Sepulveda, Veronica Briones, Luis Reyes, Maria Dolores Alvarado, Sara Yanez, Roland Hernandez. Let’s make 2017 memorable!
 
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Sam Valdez – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

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With graduation around the corner for many colleges, universities and soon high schools, I can’t help to remember the excitement of moving on to the next milestone of my life. In my career as a photographer I have photographed many unique graduation portrait sessions in the Rio Grande Valley. I too once walked in my regalia and received two diplomas in my life time and I hope to obtain more.

This beautiful girl you see in the photos is a good friend of mine from high school. Seven years ago Ms. Sam Valdez was ready to tackle life and today she’s a successful and happy individual. These photos forever will be a record of that initial start to life as an adult.

If I recall correctly we did photographer her in her cap and gown but I am choosing to show these shots because just as much as the session is to highlight graduation it is also to highlight your character and were you will be taking that character. In this case Sam took her character to Texas Tech University the home of the Red Raiders! If you are graduating soon I would advice to take some fun unique grad photos for your memories. Thank you Sam for contracting me to capture this milestone in you life.

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Karen Perez – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

I am super excited to photograph and feature my first University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Graduate on my blog! Congratulations Ms. Karen Perez on your achievement!

Every time I photograph someone on this university campus it takes me back to my days as a student their. I use to walk around with my camera around my neck photographing nature and people and now I have the privilege to capture momentous milestones in graduates who too have walked the same campus as I.

The University of Texas Pan American, as it was once known, molded me as a photographer and really help me plunge into the world of photojournalism with the opportunity the Pan American Newspaper granted me. And even though it is now UTRGV, I know the leadership, professors and staff still hold quality education as its top priority.

Ms. Karen Perez, once again best wishes and thank you for trusting my brand to capture this milestone in your life.

Special thanks to Sara Yanez.

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Double Master; Diana Ybanez – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Once more I had the pleasure of photographing this very special person in my life; Diana Ibanez or A.K.A. Mrs. B  to many of her past students from Edinburg North High School. My first photo session with Diana was for Christmas family photos with her boy. In this photo session Diana celebrates her second masters degree from the late University of Texas – Pan American. The success this woman has achieved is inspiring and I am always extremely thankful for how much she believed in me and continue to do so!

I present to you my photography sensei, Diana Ybanez!

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Alvaro & Marlen Wedding – Penitas, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

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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Client Review

Excellent photographer. Very professional yet down-to- earth 🙂 Came very highly recommended and will definitely look forward to booking future photoshoots in the future.

 

Dave and Deanna Wedding – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Never have I photographed such a small lively diverse wedding! This wedding was ideal and super fun. Dave and Deanna’s wedding was held at The Social Club, which is one of my all time favorite wedding venues in the Rio Grande Valley.

I am super excited to finally share these photos. Dave was such a stand-up gentlemen and you could definitely tell how much in love he was with Deanna. And the bride was so beautiful on her wedding and extremely happy surrounded by all her family and friends.

The bride told me the only reason her and Dave decided to to travel 4,350 miles to Texas from Alaska was so Deanna’s grandmother can attend her wedding since she lives in McAllen, Texas. Very noble and awesome of the two. Today I am excited to share this beautiful couple’s Texas wedding!

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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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Vanessa Reyna & Michael Rodriguez Wedding – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Vanessa and Michael have been one of my best clients. These two are such sweat hearts and when you are around them you can just feel the dynamic between them! The couple put their complete trust in me and I felt very honored to capture the next chapter in their lives.

There was a point in the wedding where I too got very emotional because honestly this couple is a model couple, even their priest said they passed their marriage class with flying colors. Vanessa and Michael give me hope that true and pure love does exist.

You know when they first contacted me it was the groom, Michael, who was very hands on with a lot of the planning. That was rare to see as I mentioned in a previous blog I wrote about them. Now after the wedding has passed I can definitely see the team work it took to create such a beautiful event and thus produce such a perfect marriage.
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Celebrating Life – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

In 2011 I took some family photos of the Avila’s. Ale, my good friend and Marisela’s daughter contracted me to document some beautiful moments of the family at their home. Ale was leaving to serve our country in the United States Air Force and was longing to get some images with her parents. That day, I met some of the most loving people. Marisela, is one of those people. This blog is especially for her.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing Marisela’s 50th celebration. The party was held outside of her home. As you drove into the residence you could see mesquite trees decorated with colorful paper lanterns, floating birthday balloons tied to vases full fresh flowers, and a BBQ pit in full action. As the guests trickled into the party each person greeted Marisela with the most love and affection. My partner Adriana Euresti and I felt very welcomed and at home to be greeted in the same manner. The birthday girl was the life of the party as she played catch with her nephews, danced around, and celebrated like no tomorrow. One would have never guessed her age with such energy and youth!

I love being part of small home parties like this because you get embedded into the family. Because the environment was so inviting, the images reflect just that! These moments are just a small glimpse of what was a festive family birthday gathering.

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