Brotherly Love – Edinburg Municipal Auditorium – Ben Briones Studios

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Jackie Bush – Robert Vela High School Grad – Ben Briones Studios

You wouldn’t be able to from these photos that just about an hour before there was a crazy storm with flash flood warnings. We had even made the call to Jackie’s mom that we were going to have to reschedule the shoot but I am glad we didn’t! Really love how this photo shoot turned out. Sara took lead while I finished another shoot with our other grad client Caro that kind of overlapped with this shoot but the good thing was I was also shooting at the McAllen Convention Center too. Below you will see some of our favorite shots from this grad portrait session.

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Caro Sanchez – ENHS Grad – Ben Briones Studios

Being a Edinburg North High School graduate myself, it gave me great joy to photograph Ms. Caro’s graduation portraits. We decided to shoot these photos at at the McAllen Convention Center because of how much space it allows us to work with. Caro posed both in her cap and gown along with a beautiful dress but also took her look more causal with her cowgirl boots. Sara and I used a lot of natural light in this shoot and I really love how these photos came out and I hope you do too.

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Alyssa Garcia Grad Session – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

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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Valeria Trevino – Harlingen High South Grad – Harlingen, Texas

This past weekend we photographed one our church friends. She recently graduated from Harlingen High School South. Valeria was fun to shoot. Sara and I really enjoyed photographing her cap & gown photos around the downtown Harlingen, Texas area. We started off at our favorite local coffee shop Girl of All Trades, then we made our way down the road using different spots and murals. Here are out favorite shots from this photo shoot.

Photo Credit: Sara Yanez, Ben Briones 05.29.20_High Res_Valeria Trevino Grad Session_BBP-1188_WEB05.29.20_High Res_Valeria Trevino Grad Session_BBP-1100_WEB05.29.20_High Res_Valeria Trevino Grad Session_BBP-1114_WEB05.29.20_High Res_Valeria Trevino Grad Session_BBP-1140_WEB05.29.20_High Res_Valeria Trevino Grad Session_BBP-0031_WEB05.29.20_High Res_Valeria Trevino Grad Session_BBP-9855_WEB05.29.20_High Res_Valeria Trevino Grad Session_BBP-9884_WEB05.29.20_High Res_Valeria Trevino Grad Session_BBP-0037_WEB

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Estero Llano Grande State Park – Photography Nature Walk

A while back Sara and I invited her sister Mary and boyfriend Alex to a photography nature walk at Estero Llano Grande State Park in Weslaco, Texas. These are some of my top shots taken with my Fujifilm XH-1. If you know my work you know I am not a nature photographer but I have enjoying as of lately. 03.17.20_Estero Llano Grande State Park_Fujifilm XH1_WEB_Ben Briones-000303.17.20_Estero Llano Grande State Park_Fujifilm XH1_WEB_Ben Briones-000503.17.20_Estero Llano Grande State Park_Fujifilm XH1_WEB_Ben Briones-000703.17.20_Estero Llano Grande State Park_Fujifilm XH1_WEB_Ben Briones-674603.17.20_Estero Llano Grande State Park_Fujifilm XH1_WEB_Ben Briones-675903.17.20_Estero Llano Grande State Park_Fujifilm XH1_WEB_Ben Briones-677803.17.20_Estero Llano Grande State Park_Fujifilm XH1_WEB_Ben Briones-678603.17.20_Estero Llano Grande State Park_Fujifilm XH1_WEB_Ben Briones-681003.17.20_Estero Llano Grande State Park_Fujifilm XH1_WEB_Ben Briones-682503.17.20_Estero Llano Grande State Park_Fujifilm XH1_WEB_Ben Briones-683303.17.20_Estero Llano Grande State Park_Fujifilm XH1_WEB_Ben Briones-683703.17.20_Estero Llano Grande State Park_Fujifilm XH1_WEB_Ben Briones-685203.17.20_Estero Llano Grande State Park_Fujifilm XH1_WEB_Ben Briones-686203.17.20_Estero Llano Grande State Park_Fujifilm XH1_WEB_Ben Briones-689103.17.20_Estero Llano Grande State Park_Fujifilm XH1_WEB_Ben Briones-692503.17.20_Estero Llano Grande State Park_Fujifilm XH1_WEB_Ben Briones-6939

Arantza Quince Portraits – Mission, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Another great photo session shot on our Fujifilm XT3 and XH1 for this young ladies quince. Shooting with a new camera is always challenging but with the experience I have it’s been fun learning a whole new system and it makes you feel great seeing results like these.

We shot these portraits at a private residents in Sharyland, Texas. The quince was great to work with, she was very open to our ideas and use of the home. We used a mix of ambient light and studio light. What I love about the my Fujifilm XH1 is I get to use my old school Canon FD and Nikon G lenses on the body with an adapter. Check out some of our favorite shots from this session.

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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.

Bianca and Art Engagement Session – Estero Llano Grande State Park – Ben Briones Studios

Excited to share these beautiful engagement photos taken a few weeks back at Estero Llano Grande State Park in Weslaco, Texas. My couple and I had originally planned to go to San Antonio, Texas to take their photos there but due to this COVID-19 scare we decided to take the photos in our own backyard.

The couple wanted something with a lot of greenery and well Estero Llano was one of the options I presented to them and I am glad they chose it. This state park is so beautiful and has so much to work with. I was able to take the couple along different walking areas each giving us a distinct look all from the same location. The place is also super mega affordable. Cost is only $5 per person. I am really happy how these outdoor engagement photos came out. I also shot in 35mm film and can’t wait to develop and post those here. Please enjoy our favorite shots from this engagement photo shoot. 03.08.20_High Res_Bianca Art Engagement Session_BBP-4035_WEB03.08.20_High Res_Bianca Art Engagement Session_BBP-4136_WEB03.08.20_High Res_Bianca Art Engagement Session_BBP-4179_WEB03.08.20_High Res_Bianca Art Engagement Session_BBP-4236_WEB03.08.20_High Res_Bianca Art Engagement Session_BBP-4277_WEB03.08.20_High Res_Bianca Art Engagement Session_BBP-4348_WEB03.08.20_High Res_Bianca Art Engagement Session_BBP-4424_WEB03.08.20_High Res_Bianca Art Engagement Session_BBP-4597_WEB03.08.20_High Res_Bianca Art Engagement Session_BBP-4772_WEB03.08.20_High Res_Bianca Art Engagement Session_BBP-4923_WEB

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Tradiciones 2020 – Ballet Folklórico South Texas College

I have seen and photographed quite a few of these Folklórico events for the Ballet Folklórico South Texas College group and every year they keep getting better and better. This year’s was amazing to say the least. I enjoy having the photographer’s perspective at these events because we get to capture the behind the scenes along with the performances. In January we purchased new cameras; the Fujifilm XT-3 and Fujifilm XH1, which were the two cameras used to document this performance. Having new cameras made it a bit challenging but I embrace a good photography challenge. Here are a few shots I thought were very nice to share.

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Harlingen, Texas Adventures

A few Sunday’s back Sara and I were invited to an event in Harlingen, Texas but we had a lot of time to kill and decided to explore and test out our new Fujifilm XT-3 along with shooting some 35mm film pictures, which can be viewed here. Since we got the new Fujifilm’s we have been exploring all its functions and figuring out the best way to edit the images as well because it’s sensor is produced differently from our previous Canon and Nikon cameras. I have even explored shooting only in JPEG but still debating that one. Check out these fun shots taken with the Fujifilm XT-3 and edited in a different styles. Enjoy! 01.19.20_High Res_Harlingen Hangout with Sara-396701.19.20_High Res_Harlingen Hangout with Sara-399201.19.20_High Res_Harlingen Hangout with Sara-401201.19.20_High Res_Harlingen Hangout with Sara-404101.19.20_High Res_Harlingen Hangout with Sara-420701.19.20_High Res_Harlingen Hangout with Sara-422401.19.20_High Res_Harlingen Hangout with Sara-423601.19.20_High Res_Harlingen Hangout with Sara-425101.19.20_High Res_Harlingen Hangout with Sara-427801.19.20_High Res_Harlingen Hangout with Sara-430101.19.20_High Res_Harlingen Hangout with Sara-4351Snapseed

Hello Fujifilm! – Ben Briones Studios

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Hello Fujifilm!

For the past eight years I have been photographing with a Canon 6D I purchased in 2012. That camera has been my workhorse for the majority of my work. I have also used a Nikon D600 and other Canon cameras, both digital and film, that I own. This January we decided it was time to purchase new cameras to use and abuse for another eight years. Say hello to the newest members of our arsenal; Fujifilm XT-3 and Fujifilm XH-1.

First Date

Months back we rented the Fujifilm XT-3 for 7-days and honestly, we fell in love with it. Sara and I tested it out on a few shoots. (seen below)

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The Details

Shooting with a Fujifilm camera is a totally different experience than shooting with a standard DSLR. The Fuji’s are totally hands-on. If you have shot 35mm film photography, switching over to a fujifilm camera will be very familiar. I really fell in love with that aspect; creating a photo from technique and knowledge of your camera operation vs post production. I also love how much smaller they are than the standard DSLR cameras. Also since mirrorless is the “new way” for photography, that’s also a plus. Check out the difference between our 6D and our new Fuji bodies.

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What to expect! 

2020 looks promising for our studio especially with our new cameras. We already shot our first major wedding with them this past weekend and we are extremely excited to photograph all our upcoming events and photo shoots with the Fujifilm cameras. The cameras have these beautiful film simulations that help produce beautiful images straight out of camera.

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We are looking to really utilize those film simulations to ease our workflow and become more efficient in image turnaround. I am really looking forward to carry less gear weight on me. If you have seen me shoot I am usually packed on with a lens belt and drag around a Pelican 1510 but with these smaller form factor bodies we will be hauling less weight, which is a plus for an aging photographer haha. Be on the lookout for our new work, which will mostly be done with our new Fujifilm cameras.

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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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